Truck Tracks - Painting with Trucks

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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:


"A" then noticed that this truck made prints with a little more texture.  B then noticed that A had something she did not and B was none too pleased.  I then noticed that it might be easier to own 2 of everything.  C then noticed that we should own 3 of everything.  OK, she didn't notice any of that.  She was napping. But I digress... truck prints...different texture...here ya go:


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?



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60 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this! I was looking for something to do with my little one tomorrow, and I think this is it! Thanks :-) Mind if I link back to you when I post pictures from the activity?

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  3. I like the last pic with black paper...makes the colors pop!

    WM

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  4. Our four girls were split down the middle on being girly girls and tomboys! Don't you LOVE raising daughters? They're the BEST!

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  5. What a neat idea! I never thought to do something so creative with my girls! haha

    Thanks for stopping by and following me! Now following back!

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  6. looks like loads of fun. Thanks for following me, following back on gfc & fb

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  7. Thanks so much for stopping by The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood. I am returning your follow and look forward to reading your posts!

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  8. That's a great idea! I haven't been brave enough to try paint with my kids yet. Well besides water colors. I know it's going to be a mess and I'm waiting for it to cool down enough to work outside where I can hose down the mess.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Following you back!
    Jen @ My Secret Home

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  10. Jenn, Just saw your blog and it came out great! Thanks!

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  11. Courtney, thanks so much for stopping by.

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  12. Working Mommy, thanks, I thought so too!

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  13. Empty Nester, I don't know anything different, but yes I adore having girls.

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  14. Hey Jen, thanks so much for the follow.

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  15. Outnumbered Mama, thanks for the sweet words.

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  16. Twingle Mommy, I hear ya on the mess. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Jen M, thanks for following me back!

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  19. Hey! Thanks for stopping by, following you on GFC!

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  20. Fun! I'm gonna have to try this with my three year old. He'll love it!

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  21. Oh we have tons of cars around here. I am pretty darn scared to put paint on any of Little Bit's vehicles. He would likely drive them right up my walls O.o

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  23. Such a cute idea! I never thought of doing something like that!

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  24. Fun idea. We have tons of cars and trucks in this house. I'm following back from the Friday Hop. Thanks for stopping on over!

    Chelle

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  25. April, thanks for the comment. I will have to check out your work. I have seen your offer from blog designs on other blogs. I'll let you know if I decide to go that way.

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  26. Kunklebaby, let me know how it turns out.

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  27. Social studies, that would not be a good thing! ;-)

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  28. Miller Moments, Hope you and your boys have fun!

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  29. Clumsy Coquette, thanks for the kind words

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  30. The NEW Mommiez Blend, I bet you will a great variety of tracks.

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  31. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. So glad to find yours now- love your posts and you crack me up! If we lived near each other I bet we would be good friends. :) I am stalking you through google reader now...

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  32. Jen, Awww thanks so much! Yes, we seem to have similar senses of humor. Not everyone gets it, but I am glad you do.

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  33. jaja that is to cute and great idea to keep em occupied and having fun! TFS and TFS by my blog ;)

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  34. I totally agree about starting with the basic activity and adding things as you need too. This is my first time visiting and I am sure I will be back.
    Kristina
    http://mommyingmonkeys.blogspot.com

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  35. THANKS FOR THE NEW FOLLOW, FOLLOWING YOU BACK! love your blog :)

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  36. This looks like a whole lot of fun! I love the tracks!

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  37. Great site! I will be back to follow up on some of these ideas. And thanks for visiting me from weds hop -- also asking how we are faring out on LI. No power, our lines ripped right off the house. I'm only getting internet access at my mother's, an hour away on LI, as her power has just been restored. So will try to get my next blog post up before I have to return home! Starbucks there is a crowded mess, the only place with wi-fi connections. Otherwise, some kind store owners have set up power strips on their sidewalks for us to power at least our cell phones. But we are luckier than in NJ, VT or catskills, inundated with flooding. I count my blessings.

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  38. DS would love this! I however would go all type A and freak out about paint on toys LOL

    I saw you stopped by my blog www.livinglovinglearningnaturally.com and thought I'd come visit :)

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  39. Mary, thanks for checking us out!

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  40. Kristina, Thanks! I appreciate the visit.

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  41. Kristyn, Thanks for the visit!

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  42. JDaniel, thanks so much! It was lots of fun to do.

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  43. Sandra, wow, those are some nice store owners. I love how a community can really pull together in a time like this. Glad you are doing okay. Such a scary time.

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  44. Zaira, I am like that too but have been slowly getting past it since they are having so much fun. Thanks for coming by!

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  45. I have boys and this would be a HUGE hit! Thanks so much for the fun idea and for coming by my blog and following. I'm following back and am excited to read more!

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  46. This looks like a lot of fun! I think my little guy will love it. New follower returning your visit from FNF. Thanks for stopping by!

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  47. Rachel, thanks so much. Hope to see you around.

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  48. esahm, Thanks for the visit back!

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  49. We do this all of the time! Fun, fun, fun! We like to clean up our paint with shaving cream... it's fun to push and scoop and it cleans really well! Thanks for joining me on my adventures... I look forward to learning new ideas from you!

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  50. Vicky, thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Trying To Be Super Mom. This was my first blog hop EVER and I really liked exploring this weekend!

    I really like this idea, I think I'll try it with my oldest son for our Art project this week. Thanks!

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  51. Amanda, thanks for visiting. Ah, the many uses of shaving cream.

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  52. Stephanie, let me know how it goes!

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  53. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad you liked some of my ideas. We loved driving cars through paint. It is such a great activity!

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