Let’s Skate! Build Your Own “Ice” Skating Rink

When: Saturday, December 19, 2020, 9:00am

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Ice skating has been a fun activity for New Yorkers for hundreds of years. 

Join the tradition by learning how to craft your own miniature ice-skating rink at home using a special trick – magnets! Along the way, dive into New York’s ice-skating past with images from the Museum’s collection. 

Video Launch Saturday, December 19: This winter crafts video will be available starting at 9 am on Saturday, December 19, and will be available for viewing all season long. 

To view all the MCNY X PROJECT KID history + crafts videos, visit www.mcny.org/projectkid.

The Museum’s history + crafts projects are geared toward families and kids ages 7 and up. Younger children may require adult supervision, and all families are encouraged to craft together. 

Free, registration recommended. Registered attendees will receive an email reminder when the video goes live. 

A photo of a craft project using paper and cardboard to create a penguin wearing a scarf skating on a frozen field of ice.
Image: Amanda Kingloff/Project Kid


Recommended Materials:

  • Flat cardboard box (like a box that a book would come in or a small pizza box) 
  • Craft paper: light blue, green, brown 
  • White cardstock 
  • Markers 
  • Scissors 
  • Adhesive magnets 
  • Tongue depressor, popsicle stick, or plastic/wooden spoon 
  • Glue, tape, or glue dots 



  1. Draw the penguin (or animal of your choice!). 
  2. Draw an outline for the tab at the bottom that will fold over.
  3. Cut out your animal and don’t forget to include the tab on the bottom.
  4. Cut a scarf from a piece of felt or cloth and glue or tape onto your animal.
  5. Measure the hill for the background scene and cut it out.
  6. Cut out and make trees.
  7. Attach trees to the hill.
  8. Attach white paper to the flat top of the box. 
  9. Attach the hill to the back of the box.
  10. Cut out the pond/ice skating rink.
  11. Attach one magnet to the stick and one magnet to the tab at the bottom of the penguin.
  12. Skate!


PROJECT KID is dedicated to offering families creative and inventive ways to spend unplugged time with kids. From DIY crafts to party ideas to home décor solutions, they mix traditional craft, upcycled, and household materials in surprising ways. Amanda Kingloff, the founder of Project Kid, has been creating lifestyle content for over 15 years. After her six-year stint as Lifestyle Director at Parents Magazine, Amanda published “the ultimate kids’ craft book” with Artisan Books, titled Project Kid. Two years later she published her second book, Project Kid: Crafts that Go! Amanda creates content for magazines, websites, and brands, encouraging kids to create the worlds they want to live in. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children, Oliver and Sommer.


The MCNY X PROJECT K!D Winter Crafts Series is made possible with support from Con Edison.

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors. 

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