By Craig Fuchs and Tamisha Anthony
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own toy bus 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 April, we are excited about our exhibition So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II. Celebrate the famous comedian with us by reading silly, laugh-out-loud stories.
To get us laughing this week, we selected the book Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! written and illustrated by Mo Willems. It is the story of a pigeon who just really wants to drive a bus. And in our craft today he finally gets his chance!
Follow along with the instructions below to create a bus for your pigeon to drive!
- 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 Your Bus
Using your coloring materials, color in the bus. Have fun! Try a combination of materials such as markers and crayons. Enjoy creating textures and shapes on your train. You can also add passengers to each window of your bus. Who rides your bus? You and your friends? Your family? Or maybe even your dog!
Does your bus have polka dots or zig zag lines? Or maybe arched lines like a rainbow? Is it possible that your bus is magical? Add whatever you want to the sides and top of the bus such as a dragon or even a unicorn. Use your imagination!
STEP 2: Cut Out Your Bus
Cut along the black lines around your bus (be sure to only cut the outside edges, and to cut around the tabs with the slashes on them!) Once completed, you will have one piece.
STEP 3: Fold Your Bus
Using a flat surface, carefully fold your image along each dashed black 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 with the slashed lines on them as well.)
You will also need to make a few extra creases on the front panel of the bus template, folding it like an accordion along the black lines.
STEP 4: Glue or Tape Your Bus Together
We are almost done! Now it’s time to bring your bus to life. There are a total of 11 tabs to glue or tape down. Begin with the longest tab.
If using tape:
Beginning with the longest tab with the slashes on it, use a generous amount of tape to make sure the bus is sturdy. If needed, add a little tape on the inside. After the structure is secure, tape the remaining shorter tabs 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 shorter tabs and gently hold down.
STEP 5: Drive the Bus!
Now your bus is ready for the pigeon to drive anywhere! Mo Willems warned us not to let the pigeon drive the bus, so what happens when he does? Where does the bus travel to? What trouble does the pigeon get in, and what adventures does he go on?
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!