Our storyteller for the morning was the talented Holly Bidwell of Once Upon A Rhyme, who is a Canberra local. Dressed as a train driver, Holly entertained us with a variety of train stories, rhymes and songs including the classic The Little Engine That Could.
With the use of props, such as felt boards, books, paper folding and an awesome train whistle, Holly brought her stories to life for the little train enthusiasts. Our favourite story was one of her own creation called Visiting Dad. Holly told the story of children going to visit their dad. The story was lovely but it was the technique she used to tell the story that was really interesting. She used a whiteboard and marking, drawing a shape or line relevant to each part of the children's journey.
As the story progressed the drawing evolved, keeping us all enthralled, wondering just what the picture would turn out to be. It really was such a clever way to tell a story. Here is the final drawing of the children's dad, which was made up of roads, traffic lights, round-abouts, zebra crossings and more.
Once the stories were finished it was time to get creative and make some trains of our own. The children made a name train, with each carriage spelling out their own name.
My daughter was in her element. She loves getting creative and soon fell in love with the amazing stamps that Holly had to help decorate their train scene. She would have happily stayed on the train all day long, using those stamps.
Here is her finished train:
The 100 year old train carriage was an amazing location for this event. It is part of the newly renovated Yarralumla Play Station. With more than a few train buffs in our family, I am sure we will be booking a few parties here ourselves.
You can hire the carriages for parties and events and the carriages surround a Canberra themed mini golf course, and of course, there is a miniature train you can ride on too!
There was even some yummy snacks too!
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