According to Special Days in August the 25th is the birthday of Joshua Lionel Cowen, one of the best known toy train manufacturers of all time. A couple of years ago, we made Cowen and toy trains a Special Day study. Below are the web links we followed as we learned.
Biography of Inventor Joshua Lionel Cowen http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/cowen.htm#ON%20THE%20WEB:
Vintage films on Youtube
Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 1
Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 2
Showroom Layouts, Part 1 –
Showroom Layouts, Part 2 –
Play Interactive Train Games http://www.trainarcade.com/
Read Train Stories, Play Train Games and Watch Train Videos http://trc.trains.com/Trains%204%20Kids.aspx
Classic railroad songs playlist from the Smithsonian https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUSRfoOcUe4bjeu8QIfbrejTyT0hYVncE
And we couldn’t build an electric train, but had fun making a toy train out of recyclables! This ended up as a bank. Perhaps Z will start saving for a Lionel of his own?
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This was one of several history studies that the kids deemed “Not Boring”!