Monday, August 4, 2008

Making Their Marks: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!

This is the first in our Preschool Art series Making Their Marks.
A fun art session that BOTH our kids enjoyed on Monday was an easy prep and required something we have in abundance around here: little cars and trucks.

I picked out some cars and trucks ahead of time that had different kinds and sizes of wheels. The little jeep had a chunky tread, the tractor had a wide tread, etc.

The kiddos like to help with the color-choosing, of course, and we ended up with pink and turquoise blue. Our 4 1/2 year-old son's FAVORITE color is pink, and he has stayed true to this preference for the past couple of years! At birthday parties, he really, really, really wants the pink party favors (usually princess-themed, but he doesn't care), not the blue ones (this has come up a couple of times, believe it or not!!!).

Anyway, we don't make a big deal about it...if pink is his favorite, he gets pink, by golly! No gender-stereotyping here!

We put each paint color on its own flat plate with several cars and trucks to roll through. Kid 2 (age 1 1/2) really enjoyed rolling one color over the other on her paper, making purple, of course!

What fun! And I can't help mentioning one of our favorite books around here: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!


  1. What budding artists you have there! I love the different treads on the paper!

  2. Yes, and by the time they finished, they were making handprints with the paint, instead of using the cars and trucks...and that was great fun, too!

  3. What a great idea! I love painting with things other than paintbrushes. What kind of paint did you use for this project? It looks like you all had a great time!

  4. We just used the 10-pack of Crayola tempera paints (you get 10-2oz. bottles in primaries and a few extras like pink, turquoise, and purple). As soon as we use them up, though, I plan to start using the powdered tempera kind. We just go through a LOT of paint here!


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