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By Meagan Raker
November is Indigenous Heritage Month! To celebrate, we are reading Nimoshom and His Bus, by Indigenous author Penny M. Thomas, with illustrations by Karen Hibbard. Follow along to make your own 3-D bus.
Nimoshom is a school bus driver who loves to tell his passengers silly stories and teach them new words in Cree. Nimoshom keeps his Indigenous language alive by sharing his culture with the students on his bus. Take a ride on Nimoshom’s bus by following the steps below, and don’t forget to join us live at 3:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom and Friday in-person at the Museum for our Little New-Yorkers’ Hello Song, silly games and dances, a craft, and, of course, our read aloud!
- Download and print the 3D Bus template
- Something to color with: markers, crayons, pencils, pastels, or a cool combo!
- Glue stick
* 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: Who’s Riding Your Bus?
Who is riding Nimoshom’s school bus today? Use your coloring materials to draw pictures of yourself and your friends and family in the windows.
STEP 2: Color Your Bus
Time to color and decorate your bus. Will your school bus be the classic yellow? Rainbow? Different on every side? It’s totally up to you!
STEP 3: Cut Your Bus Out
Careful cutting time! Use your scissors to cut out your bus. Remember, only cut the outside. You should have one big piece when you are done.
STEP 4: Fold On The Dotted Lines
Find all the dotted lines on your bus cut out and, except for one, fold them towards the back. The dotted line under Nimoshom’s window should be folded towards the front. You should now have the loose shape of your bus!
STEP 5: Glue Your Bus Together
Time to use your glue stick to apply glue to all the tabs marked with the word “glue” or the letter “g”! Stick your bus together by gluing each tab to the inside of the bus. You might need a grown-up’s help for this. Holding the bus together can be tricky!
STEP 6: Go For A Drive!
Where is your bus headed? Practice the words Nimoshom taught us while you drive around. Creating this craft definitely made for a Mino Kisikaw – a Good Day!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you, and your creations, at Little New-Yorkers soon!