Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thumbprint/Fingerprint Freight Train

Thumbprint/Fingerprint Freight Train


Freight Train is one of our favorite Train books. I think we started reading the book when CJ was 2 yrs old. Her obsession for Trains and Rainbow makes it a hit. Please hop on to my other blog, kidobook to read more about the book.


We created thumbprint Freight Train painting. I got the idea of thumbprint train from the book - Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book

Materials Used:

Canvas/Poster board
Tempera Washable paints
Black marker
Tooth brush
Masking tape
Felt markers/washable markers
Egg carton

Steps Overview:

Before painting on the canvas we tried thumbprints on construction paper.

We started off with the engine. We used egg carton for storing different colors and I kept a cup of water to wash thumb after each thumb printing.

We used either single thumbprint or four as shown for the cars and boxes

After completing the thumbprints and letting it to dry for sometime. I gave CJ the freight train book and Ed Emberley's thumbprint book so that she can see how to add the details.

CJ had fun making wheels and details. We used pom-pom stampingfor the smoke.

Packing peanut stamping:

We also tried packing peanuts stamping

For the wheels, we used Q-tips

I like the way CJ added the train details:-)

Canvas Painting

After the two successful attempts, we got confidence and started painting our Freight train on canvas. I helped CJ to make neat thumbprints. On CJ's request, I added a new pink car to the Freight train.

I outlined the details of the train with permanent marker. For the wheels of the train, we stamped the circles using Marker pens and Syringe ends. Using a ruler and marker, the tracks were added. I let CJ to color them.

For the rocky effect below the tracks, we used splatter painting. I masked the portion above the tracks with a masking tape and a paper. After leaving a inch space, the remaining portion was masked using masking tape. Then I let CJ to splatter black paint using Tooth brush.

Finally we stamped Pom-pom smokes!

I used silver paint for the smokes. In the photograph, its seen shiny but whereas its not.

I just love the way it turned out! Does it match the cover page of Freight train book?


  1. Now that is an ADORABLE ADORABLE ADORABLE thumbprint picture! love all the smoke too!

    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  2. That is absolutely stunning! CJ drew on such great details in her first one on construction paper. I love everything about this craft, especially how you used so many different painting tools (thumbprints, packing peanuts, q-tips). You are amazingly creative!

  3. Super cute! We are going to be doing a Freight Train unit in a little while, and I might borrow this idea. How fun.

  4. Beautiful! We love fingerprint/handprint activities and trains! I will have to borrow this idea.

  5. Cute idea! One of my sons loves trains and I'm sure would really like this activity!

  6. Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. What great train activities!

  7. Very beautiful work! I love this activity and this book! Very creative.

  8. This is fabulous! I just pinned it on Pinterest so I don't forget it it. I too love how your painting turned out and all of the fun techniques you used to make your trains. I would love for you to link this amazing post to my "All Things Wonderful Link Party". Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us,

  9. So cute! Can't wait to try it! I'm a new follower! Would love for you to visit Reading Confetti! Lorie

  10. This is such an adorable idea! Love it!

  11. I love your activity, the train looks fabulous.

  12. This is SO cool! I am deffinetly pinning this to do with my own kiddos! I am starting a Linky Party if you want to link up at

  13. cute! we have that fingerprint book too! love it! your train came our fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase! I hope to see you again this week! I showcased these on facebook & Twitter!


  14. I love this art with a book that you do all the time. So wonderful. This is probably my favorite thumbprint art I have seen. So glad you shared on Monday Madness. Hope you come back again tomorrow.

  15. This is so great! We have tried to do thumbprint art, but my girls didn't love it like I thought they would. I love how many things you used to do the painting! So glad you shared this on Monday Madness! I want to attempt this again. Hope to see you again this week!

  16. So sweet and SO effective! I love the scale and layout. Thanks for linking up!

  17. Freight train looks fantastic... and a lot of fun making it as well. Very nice.

  18. This is one of my kid's favorite books as well! I featured this post on my blog today with some other train crafts in celebration of the opening of the first union station. Thanks so much for sharing this neat idea!

  19. Thanks so much for sharing this neat idea. This is so great! We have tried to do thumbprint art.

  20. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your Freight Train project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!