By Tamisha Anthony
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own subway car at home, and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This month we are excited about the special exhibition, Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection, now on view at the New-York Historical Society. This special exhibition includes toys from the late 19th century all the way through the World War II era!
To celebrate the magic of the trains in this collection, we selected the book Subway by Christoph Niemann to read this week. Did you know the New York City subway system is one of the oldest public transit systems in the world? It’s over 100 years old!
Follow along with the instructions below to create a subway train of your very own! Choo Choo!
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Glue or tape
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color your subway car
Using your coloring materials, color in the subway train. Have fun! Try a combination of materials such as markers and crayons. Enjoy creating textures and shapes on your train.
Does your train have polka dots or zig zag lines? Or maybe arched lines like a rainbow? Is it possible that your subway train is magical? Add whatever you want to the sides of the train such as a dragon or even a unicorn. Use your imagination!
STEP 2: Cut out your subway car
Cut along the black lines around your subway (be sure to only cut the outside edges). Once completed, you will have one piece.
STEP 3: Fold your subway car
Using a flat surface, carefully fold your image along each black straight line. To make sure it is folded well, press down along each fold with your thumb. Imagine you are creating an animal cracker box. You should end up with a rectangular shape. (Be sure to fold down the tabs that say “glue here” as well.)
STEP 4: Glue or tape your subway car together
We are almost done! Now it’s time to bring your train to life. There are three tabs to glue or tape down. Begin with the longest tab.
If using tape:
Beginning with the longest tab, use a generous amount of tape to make sure the subway train is sturdy. If needed, add a little tape on the inside. After the structure is secure, tape the two shorter tabs that say “glue here” down.
If using glue:
Beginning with the longest tab, add glue. Hold the tab down and have fun counting to 10 to make sure the structure is secure. Now, add glue to the short tab and gently hold down.
Now your subway train is ready to travel throughout New York City!
STEP 5: Extra Fun!
If you want, create a track for your subway! Find a couple of blank pieces of paper to draw your tracks – try straight and curved tracks too. Now pretend to be a conductor and guide your subway train along your tracks!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!