Thomas & Friends

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Thomas & Friends has sparked the imagination of young children for generations. The series is based on the much-loved books by Reverend W. Awdry. Thomas’ world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work, and a desire to be “really useful."

The learning goals of Thomas & Friends are related to social and emotional interactions, self-efficacy and problem solving. They include:

1) To exemplify the principle of treating others with kindness and respect.
2) To demonstrate the importance of listening carefully and following instructions.
3) To explore the impact of teamwork and cooperation.
4) To emphasize the power of persistence and to demonstrate how to cope with failure.
5) To help students understand responsibility and examine possible consequences to various actions.

Teachers can use these video segments and learning materials to foster social and emotional growth in Pre-K students.

  • Educational Framework

    This document outlines the educational framework of Thomas & Friends.

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Later, Gator! Staying In Touch With Friends Activity

    Children have a large network of support - extending beyond those who live in their household. Even if friends and relatives do not see each other all the time, they can still stay connected. Sending a Thomas & Friends greeting card is a fun way for children to stay connected to their faraway friends and relatives.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Wait For Your Signal Game

     Just as trains need signals to know when to switch tracks and move forward, signals can help children stay on task. A quick Thomas & Friends "Red Signal, Green Signal" game will help early learners determine when they should "go" and when they should "stop."

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: What Happens Next? Making Predictions Activity

    Making predictions is an important skill for early learners as they prepare for school. This activity has children make a prediction about a Thomas & Friends video segment. Learners will be guided through questions to find evidence and explanations for their predictions.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: There's Always A Good Explanation Activity

    It is important for early learners to remember that there is always a sensible explanation for things that appear scary. Use this Thomas & Friends lesson to help early learners realize when their imagination might be causing this fear, and a strategy to help them reduce their worries.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Calm Your Engines Relaxation Activity

    Keeping a classroom full of preschool students calm can be a challenge, especially when students experience anxiety or extra excitement. Use this activity to help ease children into nap time, or it can be used as a method to help the entire class calm down after a lot of excitement.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Useful Engine Wheel Activity

    Get right on track with a Thomas & Friends inspired personal responsibility wheel that will turn your preschool train enthusiasts into "Really Useful Engines" who complete their chores. This activity provides a useful tool that you can use to assist your early learners in completing personal independence tasks that they might have trouble remembering on their own.

    Grades: PreK

    Thomas the Tank Engine knows the importance of being a Really Useful Engine. Thomas also knows that he cannot be Really Useful without Really Good Friends to help him along! Help your students practice teamwork and cooperation in the Steam Team Design Game in which kids design new engines together.

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Community Map Making Activity

    Turn your classroom into your very own "Island of Sodor Adventure." Guide your aspiring engineers to create a map filled with main lines, branch lines, the Steamworks, docks, shed, and more.

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Truth Express Exercise

    Knowing the difference between a truth and a lie is an important skill for early learners. In this Thomas & Friends video and exercise, children learn the importance of telling the truth and always being honest.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Ready, Set, Go! Game

    Brendam Docks sees lots of activity each day, with cargo coming to the island. Cranky the Crane oversees the deliveries onto the cargo cars. Your students can be Really Useful Engines in a fun delivery game--good for inside or out!

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Keep on Puffing Perseverance Activity

    Perseverance means sticking with a task no matter how difficult. Preschool is the perfect opportunity for young children to begin to understand the importance of hard work and appreciate the feeling they have when they have accomplished a difficult task. Remember, friends can always help you when you need an extra push.

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Discussion on What Makes A Good Friend

    In this Thomas & Friends music video, Thomas and his friends help each other. The related questions prompt students to engage in a discussion about ways in which friends help each other feel better when they are having a hard day.

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Listening Exercise

    Being a good friend means being a good listener. Use this activity to guide your early learners to developing listening and speaking skills to help build and maintain friendships.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Discussion on Working Together

    In this Thomas & Friends music video, Thomas and his friends work together to move slate on the mountain. The related discussion questions help students to understand the importance of teamwork.

    Grades: PreK
  • Thomas & Friends: Discussion on Determination

    In this resource from Thomas and Friends, your students will watch a video that examines the value of teamwork and determination.

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Discussion on Staying with Your Group

    In this video from Thomas & Friends, Winston goes out on his own adventure. While on the open rails, he learns why it's important to have a driver.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Discussion on Team Work

    In this video, Thomas learns why it's important to be honest and work well as a team to solve problems. The related questions help spark discussion with your students. 

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS: Discussion on Unique Talents

    In this video from Thomas & Friends, Stafford wants to be a steam engine--but soon learns the value of being himself. Use the Frame, Focus and Follow-up questions to help your students understand the video.

    Grades: PreK
  • THOMAS & FRIENDS AUTISM COLLECTION: Train Chain Sequencing Activity

    Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulty with the concept of sequencing. Thomas and his friends are her to help! Use this activity when working one-to-one with your students in speech therapy, occupational therapy, or discrete trail/ABA (applied behavior analysis) instruction. 

    Grades: PreK-3