We are reading a colorful little book called Freight Train, by Donald Crew in our curriculum right now, and one activity the book suggests is making a felt train to use when doing a retelling of the story. Well, I didn't have all the colors of felt needed for the train in the book, so I modified that activity and we used construction paper stuck onto contact paper for our trains.
To do this, I cut out two longs strips of contact paper and one rectangle in each color of train car pictured in the story. I peeled off the first piece of contact paper and used masking tape to adhere it temporarily to the table. As I read the story, the kids stuck on the appropriate colored train car. For wheels I used some little white circular stickers my sister in law passed on to me. To finish, I covered the exposed side in more contact paper and trimmed the edges.