Transit Tots

Transit Tots

Join New York Transit Museum educators for transit-themed songs, stories and activities for the youngest transportation fans. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Do you have a favorite season? New York City Transit runs all year round, and today in Transit Tots, we’ll think about what makes each season special and different from the others. Then, we’ll do a matching activity where we choose an outfit to wear while waiting at a bus stop in each of the four seasons.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Do you know what a collage is? In today’s Transit Tots, take a close look at an art collage that shows many of the things you can see in Downtown Brooklyn, where the Transit Museum is located. Then, learn how to create a collage inspired by your own neighborhood using scrap paper, magazines and glue.

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

How can we work together to get things done more easily? In today’s Transit Tots, learn all about how MTA workers cooperate at work every day to operate trains and solve problems. Then, practice ways you might offer to help someone complete a task more efficiently by doing it together!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

What makes our communities special? In today’s Transit Tots, hear a story that celebrates people being themselves and the things that make them unique. Then, take a journey using just your imagination to explore a community of people doing things they enjoy, including using all different kinds of transit.

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

What are the different ways we can keep ourselves clean and healthy?  In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll sing a song and think about everything we do to stay clean and healthy.  Then, meet an MTA station cleaner and hear what she likes about her job keeping subway stations clean and safe for all of us.  

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

How do trains move along tracks? During today’s Transit Tots, we’ll explore the science behind how trains stay in motion. We’ll also learn how to make letters using a train track pattern and then write our names in this fun transit font! 

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

How do you feel when you ride the bus or subway?  Do your feelings sometimes change along the way?  Today in Transit Tots, we’ll explore the range of different feelings we can experience and draw our very own feelings train, with each car representing a different emotion.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

How can we thank the bus drivers who get us safely around our neighborhoods?  In today’s Transit Tots, learn a song all about celebrating these important community helpers.  Then, draw your own city bus and fill it with people, all by tracing different objects you might find around your house.

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Do you ever find yourself feeling a bit wiggly?  In today’s Transit Tots, go on a relaxing, imaginary train ride that may just help you feel calmer.  Explore all the different aspects of a journey on the subway using only your mind’s eye.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Who are some of the helpers in your community? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll read the book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” and talk about the places in our community and the helpers we meet along the way, like transit workers, doctors, teachers, police officers and firefighters. Then, we’ll make a helping hands wreath to thank our community helpers.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Do you know how the tunnels for the subway were built? Today in Transit Tots, we’ll learn about all of the layers that had to be dug through in order to construct these tunnels. Then, we’ll draw these layers on a piece of paper that we can make into a crown to wear!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

What kinds of shapes can we make with our bodies? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll sing a song to get warmed up, and then stretch and move with transit-themed exercises. Some yoga poses like the bridge, boat, and wheel all connect to some of our favorite forms of transit!

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Have you ever looked around at the faces of people riding the subway? In today’s Transit Tots, look at an MTA Arts & Design poster by artist Sophia Blackall to explore the various emotions people experience. Then, read a story about an elephant who has many different feelings during a visit to Coney Island!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

What kinds of things do you like to do when you’re at home? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll look at a stained glass installation at a Brooklyn train platform called “16 Windows,” by artist Eugenie Tung, that shows scenes of people in their homes. Then, we’ll do an art project to imagine what our houses look like from the outside, through our own windows.

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Did you know that buses used to be very different in the past than they are today? In today’s Transit Tots, explore how buses have changed over the years, and then build your own bus out of items from the recycling bin, and see how tall you can make it before it topples over!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

What is a community? Both public transportation and museums are important parts of a community and can be shared by everyone. At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll read a story and sing a song celebrating things that bring us together!