Thomas & Friends

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. The Thomas & Friends collection also includes learning materials for teachers who work with students on the autism spectrum, from Pre-K through third grade. 

  • Educational Framework

    This document outlines the educational framework of Thomas & Friends.

    Grades: PreK
  • Being Prepared Activity | Thomas & Friends

    Thomas is preparing for the winter weather in Sodor. He needs to fill his sandbox to make sure he doesn't slip on the icy rails. After watching this clip from Thomas & Friends, talk about ways that we can be prepared for new situations. Pretend you're going on a trip and play a matching game to pack what you might need to bring.

    Grades: PreK-3
  • Making Shapes in the Snow | Thomas & Friends

    It's snowing in Sodor! Kevin has a good time watching snowflakes and making tracks in the snow, until he gets stuck and has to wait for Thomas to come rescue him. After watching this clip from Thomas & Friends, try making your own tracks in the "snow" with an art activity!

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Shapes and Animals Game | Thomas & Friends

    Play this fun game with the Earl of Sodor to learn more about shapes and animals.


    Grades: PreK-1
  • Create a Team Racing Flag | Thomas & Friends

    During a soccer match, fans across the Island of Sodor wear red and blue to cheer on their favorite team. After watching this clip from Thomas & Friends, create a class flag and look at flags from around the world! 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Working Together in the Community | Thomas & Friends

    Thomas tells us everyone has a strength and can be really useful, we just need to find that special thing we are good at. What are you really good at? How does it help the class, your family, and community? How can we all use our strengths together to make the community a positive place to live and learn? 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Talking to Kids about Community Helpers | Thomas & Friends

    Community helpers are there when we need them. Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics (who ride in ambulances) are all ready to go when the signal calls. In school there are people to help at recess, during lunch, and on the way to and from school. 

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Colors of the Rainbow Video | Thomas & Friends

    Trains come in all different sizes and colors - Thomas is the Number 1 Blue Engine, Percy is green, and James is red. There is a train for every color of the rainbow! Watch this clip from Thomas & Friends to identify the colors of the rainbow. 

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Colors of the Rainbow | Thomas & Friends

    Trains come in all different sizes and colors. Thomas is the Number 1 Blue Engine, Percy is green, and James is red. There is a train on Sodor for every color of the rainbow! This Thomas & Friends poster shows the different colors of some of the engines on Sodor. 

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Memories | Thomas & Friends

    Discuss fun memories after watching this clip from Thomas & Friends

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Memories Activity Sheet | Thomas & Friends

    Have children use this Thomas & Friends activity sheet to share their favorite memories. Children can draw or write about their favorite memories in the space provided.  

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Train Signals | Thomas & Friends

    Help students manage classroom transitions with these train signals from Thomas & Friends

    Grades: PreK-K
  • How Do You Feel Poster | Thomas & Friends

    Help students recognize and describe their emotions using the trains from Thomas & Friends

    Grades: PreK-K
  • 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