Painting with Cars

(aka L&L’s new favorite art activity)

After seeing this blog post by NutureStore pinned on Pinterest, I knew it’d be right up L&L’s alley, especially Luke’s.  This kid has intensely loved cars since he learned to crawl.  Lilah has quite the affinity for cars, too.  And both kids ask to paint almost every day!

So, without further ado, here is our version of painting with cars:
(We had a little friend over who helped us try it out; hence the 3rd kid you’ll catch glimpses of in the pics below!)

Here’s the finished product while still wet:


Here it is dry:

And here is the piece I cut out for our little friend to take home.  This was from the end he mostly painted on. 🙂


A few notes about what we did:

  • I used a paper roll and tore off enough to nearly cover the table.
  • I taped the paper down with scotch tape.
  • I used finger paint as the medium.  I just squirted different colors here and there on the paper.
  • I tried to pick out some of Luke’s older cars (so he wouldn’t care if they got messed up) and also ones with interesting and different tire treads.  There was one monster truck with rubbery, grippy tires that made really awesome tracks.  Luke picked up on that right away and claimed it for his own!
  • I took the kids’ shirts off, but left on their pants.  It made clean-up really easy and I don’t think anyone got anything on them that didn’t wipe right off.
  • This was all about the process for us, not the product.  The kids even got into it with just their hands towards the end.  The paper actually got ripped in a few places, and it was so wet that it ripped more as it was drying.  Still I think it turned out neat enough that I’m going to cut out several sections to save/display and I might even make one the background on my laptop. 🙂

Do your kids have any favorite art/craft activities?


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Cassie Upton says:

    golf balls work great too! Isaac has made some cool art with golf balls, he loves the truck painting too.

  • Golf balls! Cool! I think we’re totally going to get into this “painting with random objects” bit. 🙂

  • Cole Baker says:

    Love it! I am especially attached to the two at the bottom 🙂 Love all the activities you do with them.

  • Grandmama says:

    Very cool!I know they enjoyed playing with the trucks and making all the tracks. Right down Luke’s alley! That boy loves cars and trucks! Save Grandmama a piece of that art work to hang in my frame!

  • Wow! They look fabulous. I love the colours and patterns. I’m so pleased you had fun with our idea. 🙂

  • Lovely cool painting and awesome pictures.

  • I am loving all the comments, everyone! Thanks for taking the time to post! 🙂

    Thanks, Cole! 🙂

    Of course we will, Grandmama! 🙂

    Yes, it was great, Cathy! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

    Thanks, Kids Resources! 🙂

  • Mallory & Kyler says:

    We’re going to try it today!

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