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Activity Zone

Welcome to the Virtual Activity Zone at the National Railroad Museum®! Here you will find activities you can do at home. From coloring and counting to science and math, you will find activities to engage all ages.


March 17, 2020
Story: Woosh & Chug by Sebestien Braun
Craft: Paper Trains

March 18, 2020
Story: Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis
Craft: Paper Plate Snakes

March 24, 2020
Story: I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince
Craft: Thumb Print Ants

March 25, 2020
Story: Trouble on the Tracks by Kathy Mallat
Craft: Trouble the Cat

March 30, 2020
Story: Alphabet Train by Samantha R. Vamos
Craft: Write Your Name Train

March 31, 2020
Story: I’m Fast by Kate and Jim McMullan
Craft: Color your Own Fast Train

April 1, 2020
Story: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia
Craft: Flower Garden Counting

April 2, 2020
Story: Where do Steam Trains Sleep at Night by Brianna Caplan Sayres
Craft: Star Light Start Bright Cup

April 3, 2020
Story: Thomas and the Tiger by Christopher Awdry
Craft:Make Your Own Tiger Mask

April 6, 2020
Story: Shark VS. Train by Chris Barton
Craft: Shark Puppet

April 7, 2020
Story: I Love Trains by Philomen Sturges
Craft: Egg Carton Train

April 8, 2020
Story:Crossings by Philip Booth
Craft:Operation Lifesaver Coloring Sheet

April 9, 2020
Story: Happy Birthday Thomas by Rev. Christopher Awdry
Craft: Decorate a Birthday Cake

April 13. 2020
Story: The Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathon London
Craft: Make Your Own Binoculars

April 14, 2020 
Story: I Drive a Freight Trin by Sarah Bridges
Craft: Make Your Own Engineer’s Hat

April 15, 2020
Story: The Moose is Loose by Mark Cathew
Craft: Make a Moose

April 16, 2020
Story: All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund
Craft: Make your own “d”inosaur

April 17, 2020
Story: James and the Balloon by Christopher Awdry
Craft: Make Your Own Balloon Elephant Cards

April 20, 2020
Story: Riding the Train by Maggie Testa
Craft: Dinosaur Train Coloring Sheet

April 21, 2020
Story: The Thunderbolt Express by Matthew Porter
Craft: Hand Print Monkey

April 22, 2020
Story: The Littlest Train by Chris Gall
Craft: Shapes of a Train

April 23, 2020 
Story: The Little Red Caboose by Marion Potter
Craft: Make Your Own Nature Wands

April 24, 2020 
Story: Night Train, Night Train by Robert Buleigh & Wendell Minor
Craft: Foil Moon

April 27, 2020
Story: Peppa Pig and the Big Train  a Scholastic Book
Craft: Draw Peppa Pig

April 28, 2020 
Story: Math at the Train Station by Tracey Stefford
Craft: Trace by Number – Train

April 29, 2020
Story: The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Craft: The Little Engine that Could

April 30, 2020
Story: Circus Train by Adria F. Klein
Craft: Make Your Own Clown Face

May 1, 2020:
Story: PAW Patrol Ready! Set! Drive!
Craft: PAW PATROL Badges

May 4, 2020
Story: Pete the Cat’s Train Ride by James Dean
Craft: Pete the Cat Color by Number

May 5, 2020
Story: Lego City – Mystery on the Lego Express by Trey King
Craft:Popsicle Stick Lego Head

May 6, 2020
Story: Train Trip by Nick Ackland
Craft: Travel Bingo

May 7: 2020
Story: Huff and Puff Have too Much Stuff by Tish Rabe
Craft: Spring Cleaning Chart

May 8, 2020 
Story: PAW PATROL: Heroes at Work
Craft:Chase Coloring Sheet

May 11, 2020
Story: Dinosaur Train – Welcome to Junior Conductor’s Academy by A.E. Dingee
Craft: Dinosaur Hat

May 12, 2020
Story: Huff and Puff and the New Train by Tish Rabe
Craft: Racing Paper Caterpillars

May 13, 2020
Story: Curious George’s Train by Hans & Margret Ray
Craft: How to Draw Curious George

May 14, 2020
Story: Two Little Engines by Margaret Wise Brown
Craft: Hide N Seek

May 15, 2020
Story: Toby Had a Little Lamb
Craft: Doily Lamb

May 18, 2020
Story: Trainbots by Miranda Paul
Craft:Robot Pencil Holder

May 19, 2020
Story: City Train by Adria F. Klein
Craft: Make Your Own Train Ticket

May 20, 2020
Story: Follow the Track All the Way Back by Timothy Knapman & Ben Mantle
Craft: Make Your Own Train Tracks

May 21, 2020
Story: Huff and Puff by Tisha Rabe
Craft: Matching Sock Game

May 26, 2020
Story: The Goodnight Train Rolls On! by Julie Sobel 
Craft: Day and Night Sorting Activity

June 2, 2020
Story: Who’s in the Ocean by Melissa & Doug
Craft: Counting Bug Puzzles

June 4, 2020
Story: The Monster of Sodor by Rev. Audry
Craft: Monster Eyes Sensory Bottle

June 9, 2020
Story: How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton
Craft: DIY Safari Hat

June 11, 2020 
Story: Treasure on the Tracks  by Rev Audry
Craft: Treasure Hunt

June 15, 2020
Story: Maisy’s Train by Lucy Cousins
Craft: Maisy Coloring Sheet

June 23, 2020
Story: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis
Craft: Sock Caterpillars

June 30, 2020
Story: All Aboard! Passenger Trains by Nikki Bruno Clapper
Craft: Passenger Train Coloring Pages

July 1, 2020
Story: Friends on the Move by Rev. Audry
Craft: Story Cubes

July 7, 2020
Story: Hello, Hello, Alphabet!  by Mother Goose Club
Craft: My Alphabet Train

July 9, 2020
Story: Thomas and Percy to the Rescue by Thomas & Friends
Craft: Name That Part on Percy

July 14, 2020
Story: Bubble Guppies Triple Track Train Race by Mary Tilworth
Craft: Bubble Guppies Color Sheet

July 16, 2020
Story: Rusty Gets the Job Done by Hit Entertainment
Craft: Name that Part on Percy

July 21, 2020
Story: TRAIN by Elisha Cooper
Craft: Train Station Role Play Clock

July 23, 2020
Story: No Nonsense, Duck! by Hit Entertainment
Craft: Design Your Own Duck Egg

July 28, 2020
Story: Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
Craft: Wooden Mouse




August  4, 2020
Story: Trains Run by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon
Craft: Popsicle Stick Mountains

August 6, 2020
Story: George Meets His Match by Hiit Entertainment
Craft: Thomas Racing Fun

August 11, 2020
Story: Train by Kidsbooks
Craft: Build-a-Dog

August 13, 2020
Story: Tale of the Brave, a Little Golden Book
Craft: Dinosaur Fossils

August 18, 2020
Story: Trains Chug by Rebecca Glaser
Craft: Train Station Tickets

August 20, 2020
Story: A Bad Day for Harold by Rev. W. Awdry
Craft: Harold Coloring Page

August 25, 2020
Story: Wheels on the Go! by Sterling Children’s
Craft: Paper Plate Spinning Wheel

August 27, 2020
Story: Emily’s New Coaches by Rev. W. Awdry
Craft: Emily Coloring Sheet

September 1, 2020
Story: Choo Choo! Guess the Vehicle! by Child’s Play (International) Ltd
Craft: Shadow Match Game

September 3, 2020
Story: Thomas on the Moon, a Little Golden Book
Craft: Moon Sand

September 8, 2020
Story: City Train in Trouble by Adria F. Klein
Craft: Electric Train Coloring Sheet

September 11, 2020
Story: Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Craft: Subway Maze

September 15, 2020
Story: Night, Night Wisconsin by Katherine Sully and Helen Poole
Craft: Wisconsin Coloring Page

September 17, 2020Story: Hiawatha Passing by Jeff Hagen
Craft: Button Snowflakes

September 22, 2020
Story: The Mini Express by Peter J. Lippman
Craft:Railroad Safety Coloring Page

September 24, 2020
Story: Clifford and the Railroad Crossing by Norman Bridwell
Craft: Sly Fox and Birdie Connect the Dots

September 29, 2020
Story: Thomas & the Shark by Wilber Awdry
Craft: Color by Number

October 1, 2020
Story: How Many Sleeps to My Birthday by Mark Sperring
Craft: No-Sew Unicorn Sleep Mask

October 6, 2020
Fall Storytime with Engineer Alyssa

October 8, 2020
The Special Delivery by Random House
Craft: Design Your Own Postcard

October 13, 2020
Fall Storytime with Engineer Alyssa

October 15, 2020
James Goes Buzz Buzz by Random House
Craft:Honey Slime

October 27, 2020
Railroad Fall Storytime with Engineer Alyssa & Mr. Justin

October 29, 2020
Magic Train Ride by Sally Crabtree
Craft: Halloween Maze

November 10, 2020
The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains by Annie Silvestro
Craft: Color By Number Christmas Tree

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March 30, 2020
Episode 1:Big Boy Locomotive Counting (3-6 years old)
Count the Wheels on the Big Boy Locomotive
Count the Freight Cars with the Big Boy Locomotive

Episode 2: What are Stay Bolts? (12+ years old)
Name the parts on the Union Pacific Big Boy
Name the Parts on the Union Pacific Big Boy – Answer Key

April 1, 2020
Episode 3: Who is Kate Shelley? (5-8 years old)
Episode 4: LS&I #24

April 6, 2020
Episode 5: Mr. Bob’s Railroad Workbench: Understanding Measurement (ages 3 – 6 years-old)
Worksheet: Big Boy Locomotive Measuring

Episode 6: Mr. Bob’s Railroad Workbench: Lighting the Way — The innovative Headlights on the GM Aerotrain

April 8, 2020
Episode 7: Moving Coal with Archimedes
Worksheet: The Archimedes Screw

Episode 8: The Dynomometer

April 13, 2020
Episode 9: What Time Is It Where You Are?
Worksheet: Time Zones

Episode 10: The Doghouse


April 15, 2020
Episode 11: Erosion
Episode 12: Dome Diner

April 20, 2020
Episode 13: What’s on a Freight Train? 
Worksheet: Name the Freight Car

Episode 14: Dining on the Train

April 22, 2020
Episode 15: Who’s on a Train
Worksheet: Passenger Train Crew

Episode 16: Aerodynamics and the Dwight D. Eisenhower
Worksheet: Aerodynamics

April 27, 2020
Episode 17: Matter & Trains
Worksheet: States of Matter

Episode 18: The Caboose
Worksheet: Color Chessie’s Yellow Caboose

April 29, 2020
Episode: 19: Shapes
Worksheet: Build a Locomotive with Shapes

Episode 20: The GG- 1
Worksheet: Name the Parts of the GG-1

May 4, 2020 
Episode 21: 3-D Geometric Shapes
Episode 22: The Big Hook

May 6, 2020
Episode 23: Exploring the Transcontinental Railroad
Worksheet: Reading List

Episode 24: Shining Shoes on the Pullman

May 11, 2020
Episode 25: The Transcontinental Railroad
Episode 26: Green Bay & Western #315

May 13, 2020
Episode 27: Chessie Cat
Worksheet: Chessie’s Flowers

Episode 28: Soo Line #715

May 18, 2020
Episode 29: Railroad Speak
Worksheet: Railroad Language

Episode 30: CB&Q RPO
Worksheet: RPO Mail Sorting

May 20, 2020
Episode 31: Do You Know Hobo Language? 
Worksheet: Hobo Signs

Episode 32: The Silver Spirit

May 26, 2020
Episode 33: The GG-1: Oil, Water, and Electricity

May 28, 2020
Episode: 34: Harvey House Summer Desserts
Recipe: Peach Alexander

June 2, 2020
Episode 35: Railroad Travel Art
Worksheet 1: Seattle Coloring Sheet
Worksheet 2: Philadelphia Pennsy Poster

June 6, 2020
Episode 36: Hot Biscuits: The Story of Bisquick

June 9, 2020
Episode 37: The B&O Club Sandwich
Worksheet: Recipe for B&O Club Sandwich

June 11, 2020
Episode 38: The Handcart
Worksheet: Did that Science
Answer Key: Answer Key

June 15, 2020
Episode 39: Pullman Bread

June 23, 2020
Episode 40: Heat Kinks: Expansion & Contraction
Worksheet: Sun Kinks Photo

June 30, 2020
Episode 41: How Did It Get Here? The Story of UP #4017 Big Boy

July 1, 2020:
Episode 42: Great Northern’s Pineapple Fluff
Worksheet: GN Fluff Recipe

July 7, 2020
Episode 43: Moving the Big Boy #4017

July 9, 2020
Episode 44: Eisenhower Leaves the Museum

July 14, 2020
Episode 45: What is a Drumhead?

Drumhead Coloring Sheet: North Dragon express
Drumhead Coloring Sheet: Columbine Flower Drumhead Coloring Sheet — Brown Bear Express

July 16, 2020
Episode 46: Pennsylvania Railroad Chocolate Fudge Sauce
Worksheet: Recipe

July 21, 2020
Episode 47: Moving a Boxcar by Hand

July 23, 2020 
Episode 48: Don’t Flush

July 28, 2020
Episode 49: Gravity and the Railroad Hump Yard

August 4, 2020
Episode 50: Billboard Reefer Cars

August 6, 2020
Episode 51: Southern Railroad Rice and Raisin Pudding
Recipe: Rice and Raisin Pudding


August 11, 2020
Episode 52: Sante Fe #5017

August 13, 2020
Episode 53: Healthy Railroad Cooking
Recipe: Northern Pacific Slenderella Salad

August 17, 2020
Episode 54: Chapel Cars

August 20, 2020
Episode 55: Cream of Peanut Soup
Recipe: Atlantic Coast Line’s Cream of Peanut Soup

August 24, 2020
Episode 56: What Came After the Big Boy?

August 26, 2020
Episode 57: A Personal Experience on a Dome Car

September 1, 2020
Episode 58: Double Diesels of the Union Pacific

September 3, 2020
Episode 59: Railroad Famous Salad Dressing
Recipe: Dining Car Recipes

September 8, 2020
Episode 60: Grand Central Station on 9/11

September 10, 2020
Episode 61: Subway Stations on 9/11

September 15, 2020
Episode 62: Twin Cities Hiawatha

September 17, 2020
Episode 63: Hiawatha Crab Salad
Recipe: Crabmeat Salad

September 22, 2020
Episode 64: See Tracks, Think Trains

September 24, 2020
Episode 65: At the Grade Crossing

September 29, 2020
Episode 66: Happy Birthday Trains

October 1, 2020
Episode 67: Celebrating Birthday’s on the Train

October 6, 2020
Episode 68: Moving Mail

October 8, 2020
Episode 69: When the Green Truck Stopped by Your House

October 13, 2020
Episode 70: Hauling Grain: Hopper Cars

October 15, 2020
Episode 71: Broadway Limited Shoo Fly Pie
Recipe: Shoo Fly PIe

October 20, 2020
Episode 72:  How We Dress When Traveling

October 22, 2020
Episode 73: Railroad Uniforms

October 27, 2020
Episode 74: Tale of Casey Jones

October 29, 2020
Episode 75: The Legend of John Henry

November 10, 2020
Episode 76: U.S. Civil War & Railroads