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.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Have you ever seen an NYC subway token? Today in Transit Tots, we’ll think about different kinds of tickets used to ride our subways and buses throughout history, from paper tickets to tokens and MetroCards. We’ll make our own shiny token with items at home, learn some American Sign Language (ASL), and sing a song!

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

How many different things might we count when we’re riding the subway? Count from one to nine in English and Spanish using subway lines in today’s Transit Tots, and then read a story all about counting on the subway.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

We practice courtesy and kindness when we travel around our city. How can we do this when we’re at home? Today in Transit Tots, we’ll sing a song, read a story, and then look at ways that we can be as courteous and respectful at home as we are when riding the train or the bus.

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Did you catch last week’s Transit Tots about inventor Granville T. Woods? In today’s installment, learn more about his inventions and a special language called Morse Code that was needed to operate one of them. Then, sing and clap along with a song that uses this system of dots and dashes to spell out Woods’ initials!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

How do artists bring nature inside and underground? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll see examples of artwork throughout our transit system that add a splash of color to our daily commute. Then, we’ll create our own paper gardens to keep indoors.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Do you know the story of Granville T. Woods? In today’s Transit Tots, learn about this important engineer and inventor, and how he helped some of the earliest subways run safely. Then, put your inventor hat on and create your own telegraph system using simple materials you can find at home.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

What kinds of vehicles do you see in your community? When you ride these vehicles, what do you see through their windows? At this week’s Transit Tots, sing a song, and then explore all of the shapes and colors we see out in the world by using them to draw some of our favorite places.

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Have you ever been on the Brooklyn Bridge?  In today’s Transit Tots, hear the story of how Emily Roebling oversaw the completion of the bridge after her husband, the bridge’s chief engineer, fell ill.  Then, practice constructing bridges out of different materials you might find around the house.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

What kinds of sounds do you hear around the city? When you listen closely you can discover rhythms all around, including our trains and buses humming across town. At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll experiment with sounds inspired by different forms of transit, sing a song, and talk about tempo!

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Do you know what gratitude means? In today’s Transit Tots, sing a song and hear one of our favorite bus-themed stories. Then, meet our friend Qeston, a New York City bus operator, and express your gratitude–or thanks–to him for working hard to get New Yorkers where they need to go.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

How do you get around the city? Join us for today’s Transit Tots to learn all about how we travel, from subways and buses to scooters and feet. We’ll sing a new song, investigate an instrument, and move our bodies as we pretend to travel like trains, planes and more!

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Have you ever been to the 34th Street – Hudson Yards subway station in Manhattan? In today’s Transit Tots, learn about artist Xenobia Bailey, whose work “Funktional Vibrations” is displayed there and will inspire our activity—creating woven circle art!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Where do you like to go to enjoy nature? In today’s Transit Tots, follow Pizza the Pug’s adventures riding trains and buses to parks in all five boroughs of New York City. Pizza meets all sorts of interesting friends who teach us about enjoying nature, even in the big city.

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Can you name any famous skyscrapers? New York City is home to many of these very tall buildings. In today’s Transit Tots, look at how one artist includes skyscrapers in her work, and then make a model of a skyscraper at home using recycled materials.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

When you’re on a bike, a bus, or a train, what do you see that’s green? Green is the color that represents a healthy planet Earth. Today in Transit Tots, we’ll read a story and then go on a scavenger hunt to find things that are green around our homes!