The inspiration for this painting with trucks idea came from an activity that B's Early Start teachers did in their class. You are going to need some paint, paper and toy cars, trucks or even trains. If you have a tray, it makes a great place to spread the paint. Be creative when painting with trucks! Those aluminum baking pans they sell at the dollar store would work great for this and most of us have some lying around. I spread some red and blue paint on the tray and after looking at it it seemed kinda 4th of July-ish.
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I then gave the girls some cars and trucks that had different types of wheels on them. I have to be honest here, as the mom of 3 girls, we don't have a ton of cars. I have bought the girls cars, but they just seem to prefer other toys. So I had to do quite a bit of scrounging to find enough cars. These are the ones we ended up using.
I showed the girls how to push the car back and forth through the paint to get the wheels fully covered. We then ran our cars on some paper and got some cool track prints. "A" loved to just push her car back and forth on the same spot on the paper and she got this effect:
Some of B's handiwork:
Then we tried the prints on some black paper since I thought that might look like a road. You could use white or yellow paint. We started out with white, but then A mixed it with her other colors so we have this fun color.
I have very girly girls (hence the absence of many toy cars) and they enjoyed this activity immensely. So I challenge you, moms of girly girls, try this and see if your kids agree. If you have a boy who loves cars (or a girl for that matter) then this painting with trucks activity is a no brainer. Keep on truckin'! You didn't think I would miss an opportunity to use that, did you?