Crafts: Origami Metro Card Cube

I found this cube tutorial on Instructables when I was looking for decorations for our Sukkah. I must have looked a little crazy picking up used Metro cards in the subway station but I did not have the patience to wait until we had used up 6 of them! It was a lot of fun to make and would be great for a kid (or parent) who is into puzzles.


Did you check them for value before folding them?
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Wow! It never ever occurred to me to check them. I just told my 13 year old son about this. He lost his retainer and we have been taking $2 a week of his allowance. I told him this was one way a 13 year old could actually get his hands on some extra money!
tali said…
another excuse to go to NY...(as if we really need any...)
Anonymous said…
My daughter has lost retainers multiple times, and although we though about it, we never made her pay for them. I can't take $2 out of her allowance, though. Even though she's 16, she only gets $1.
AA said…
Hello UpperWestSideMom- I am a regular reader of your blog and mom to 2 boys(20months and 5months).I would love to learn how you discipline your children,as I am sure I could learn a lot from you.My older son is a handful,although I love him,I find myself yelling at him,when I don't want him to do something.After a long days work at the office I feel I dont have much energy to get through to my son in a kind and loving manner.
Thank you
Amy Thomas
PS: I think you are a great mom and wish I was more like you

I think it's really important that you know that I am a very different mother than when I first became one. I've had years of experience and years of therapy! Trying not to yell is a constant struggle that most mother, including me, face. One thing to remember is that you can always stop yelling once you start.

I tend to attachment parenting (although I did not start out that way) and reading books such as Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn, Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort and Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen helped me to see things a little differently.

You have your hands full with 2 little ones so close in age. The fact that you are concerned with making sure you are getting through to your son in a kind and loving manner says loads to me about the kind of mom you are.

Amy Thomas said…
Dear UWSM- Thank you for the feedback and the valuable information you provided.I really appreciate you taking the time,from your busy life to answer my questions.Reading is my favorite thing to do- the only hobby that didnt take a back seat after having children.!
At the risk of sounding too nosy,how do you manage to run a household,raise children,do your arts& crafts and also practice your faith?You come across as a cheerful and a happy person,despite having so many stresses.

After feeling like I was on treadmill for 13 years last May things really began to change for me (and that was when I really began to blog). My youngest child was 3 1/2 and I was not pregnant. That exhaustion that you feel when you have little kids at long last went away.

That's not to say that having older kids is not exhausting. It is but more in a mental kind of a way. Evenings are still my least favorite time of day (although waking the kids up for school is now a close second but only because it takes less time!) but they are so much easier when you kids do not need 100% of your attention.

As far as running my home I have a housekeeper 2 times a week and would be seriously bummed out if I didn't.

As far as my faith goes it can be exhausting at times and when my kids were younger I was sometimes resentful of all the effort it took. Now the kids are actually involved in helping me get things done and I feel a lot more positive about it.

I hope this is helpful.


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