Artists, start your engines!
Paint rollers? Forget ’em! Our Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Grouphave found a new way to roll on paint AND double their playtime: Painting with toy cars! All it takes is paper, tempera paint, paint trays (can be aluminum foil cake pans or anything else that is fairly shallow), and washable toy cars (plastic works best).
The process is easy – apply a thin layer of paint to the paint trays, then roll the car wheels in the paint to get a nice even coat. Kids can push the cars, rolls the cars, or do whatever they choose to apply the paint from the wheels to the paper. The tracks from the wheels are especially fun to layer, so encourage your kids to overlap the car treads with other toy vehicles in use.
If possible, use plastic toy cars of many different shapes and sizes. Take special notice of the kinds of wheels on each of the cars in use and point them out to your kids as they use them. What kinds of wheels will yield what kinds of prints? It can even be a fun game to play once the painting is done – Can your kids match each print with its respective car?
The wide array of tactile input and the exercising of motor functions in this project make it appropriate for young children, but it’s equally appealing to older children whom might not have ever used their toys in such a manner. That’s half the fun of experimenting with print objects – delighting your children with new uses to old things. As long as the item is washable, feel free to try just about anything with paint printing.
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer, with assistance by Emily Fear.