Transit Tots

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

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

Tuesday, May 26th, 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, May 21st, 2020

How can we get to know our communities and neighbors better?  In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll talk about what community means, and how our neighborhoods are communities. Explore some images of the places and people you might see in your community, then put together your own museum window display to share some things that are important to you with your neighbors.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

What does it mean when we say that something is accessible? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll talk about how important it is to make sure that our public transportation can be used by as many people as possible. Learn about how bumps and lines on the floor can help people find their way around subway stations, and then make your own tactile floor using objects you have at home.

Thursday, May 14th, 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.

Tuesday, May 12th, 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, May 7th, 2020

What kinds of vehicles do you see in your communities? When you ride these vehicles, what do you see in our communities 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.

Tuesday, May 5th, 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!

Thursday, April 30th, 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.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2020

We practice courtesy and kindness when we travel around our city. How can we do this when we’re at home? At today’s 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, April 23rd, 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!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

What are some things that you’re thankful for? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll think about gratitude and saying thank you to others, including our community workers and loved ones. We’ll read Frederick by Leo Lionni, and then we will make thank you signs!

Thursday, April 16th, 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!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Have you ever seen a NYC subway token? At today’s 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. You’ll make your own shiny token with items at home, learn some American Sign Language (ASL), and sing a song!

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Where do you like to go to enjoy nature? Join an educator and special guest Pizza the Pug to hear about this pup’s adventures taking trains and buses to parks all over New York City. Pizza will encounter all sorts of interesting friends along the way, who teach him to enjoy nature, even in the big city.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Can you think of some things that are green? Green is the color that represents a healthy planet Earth. When you’re on a bike, a bus, or a train, what can you see that’s green? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll sing a song, hear a story and then go on a scavenger hunt for things that are green in your home! 

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Who do you like to visit and how do you get there? Join us for today’s Transit Tots to think about how we travel together! We’ll sing a song, learn about an African gourd instrument, and read a children’s story all about the ways we travel.