Diversity Train Craft

  • History & Social Studies
  • Grades 1-3

Have each child create their own train car, representing their family ethnicity and culture and attach together in this fun classroom Diversity Train craft.


  • White Fuzzy Sticks 100 Pack
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks 300 Pack
  • Mini Craft Sticks
  • Craft Sticks 150 Pack
  • Card stock
  • 1 Plastic Bottle Caps
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

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Step 2.


Lay (3) Jumbo Craft Sticks side by side. Using craft glue, attach (2) Mini Craft Sticks across the jumbo craft sticks as shown. This will hold them together.

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Step 3.


Cut a piece of white card stock 4 x 3 inches. Run some craft glue along one long edge of the card stock and glue to the back of the craft sticks as shown.

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Step 4.


Create a frame around the card stock piece using (2) Mini Craft Sticks  the left and right sides of the card stock, then add a regular craft stick along the top edge of the card stock.

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Step 5.


Apply craft glue along the rim of (2) recycled bottle caps and attach to the train car to create the wheels.

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Step 6.


Paint the train car and allow to dry.

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Step 7.


Cut a small piece of a Fuzzy Stick and twist to create a loop.

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Step 8.


Repeat to create (2) loops and attach to both sides of the train car.

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Step 9.

Add a picture of your family or drawing that you think represents your family’s heritage in the window.



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Step 10.


Once dry, display the train cars side by side to showcase the train of diversity in your classroom or group.


Hop on board the unity train! Celebrate everyone’s unique family by crafting train cars to symbolize diversity and togetherness!

  • Picture Perfect: Once the train cars are assembled, let your students show-and-tell their family portraits. Who’s in the photos? What are their names? Does everyone live together?
  • All Aboard: While your students connect their train cars with their classmates’, prompt a discussion with questions like: How are we different? How are we the same? Where do we see diversity in our classroom and community?

Linking each of the train cars represents how we’re all connected and move each other forward. It’s important that students feel proud of their backgrounds — and comfortable sharing their heritage with others. As a class, watch these kids show-and-tell their languages as a way to connect with one another!