By Tamisha Anthony
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own boat and ocean scene 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 March we are celebrating Women’s History Month. We will feature bold and brilliant women of the past and present who refused to be silenced and learn their stories of perseverance and connect to their spirit of benevolence.
This week, we are inspired by the book The Proudest Blue written by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali and illustrated by Hatem Aly. This book tells the story of one little girl, Faizah, and the inspiration she finds in the strength and beauty of her older sister Asiya, even in the face of hurtful words. Faizah was so proud of the blue hijab her sister wore, and today you can create your own beautiful blue (and some other colors!) ocean scene to be proud of!
Download and print the boat and ocean templates.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Tape or glue
* 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 the Boat and Ocean Templates
To start, use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to color your boat, waves, and sky. What colors will your sky be? Is it a sunny day with blue skies and a rainbow? Or is it sunset with all kinds of colors lighting up the sky? Maybe it is even night time and the moon is out instead of the sun. Don’t forget to color both pages!
STEP 1.5: Create a Face for Your Sailor
Don’t forget to add a face, hair, hat, hijab, or whatever you like to your boat’s sailor! It can be you riding in the boat, a friend, or even someone you made up!
STEP 2: Cut out Boat and Ocean Templates
Now it is time to cut out your colorful pieces! Carefully cut along the black lines around your boat, the waves, and the sky (be sure to only cut the outside edges). Don’t forget to cut out the rectangular piece too! Once completed, you will have four pieces.
STEP 3: Attach The Waves Template to the Sky Template
Line the bottom of your wave template up with the bottom of your sky template. Using a stapler, tape, or glue, attach only the outside edges of your wave template to the sky template, leaving the bottom of the templates unattached. If you’re using glue, be sure to hold it for ten seconds before letting go to make sure it sticks!
STEP 3.5: Attach the Boat Template to the Rectangle Piece
Now use your stapler, tape, or glue to attach the bottom of the boat template to one end of the rectangular cutout. You’re creating a boat puppet on a stick!
STEP 4: Set Sail!
Insert your boat puppet through the space you left between your waves and sky templates.
Now you can use your boat puppet to guide you proudly through the waves! Happy sailing!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!