Painting with Cars

Rex is three and a half and one of the things he loves to do is paint with cars. We saw examples of painting with cars at a preschool we toured earlier in the year and we decided to try it at home. painting_with_cars_1We put a piece of masonite on our kitchen table and place a 16″ x 20″ canvas on top of it. In our house, arts and crafts take priority so we don’t mind if some paint gets on our kitchen table. And the masonite catches most of the extra paint. painting_with_cars_7I use tempera paint in squeeze bottles and squirt little puddles of tempera paint on the canvas. Rex picks the colors and locations Then Rex drives his cars and trucks all over the canvas! We have a set of cars and trucks that are used exclusively for painting with cars. The tempera paint mostly washes off of the cars when Rex is done but not completely.painting_with_cars_2This is an awesome combination of playing with cars and trucks and process art. It’s active, sensory, and a great way to experiment with mixing colors. I’ve been sealing the painted canvases with clear acrylic spray and displaying the most colorful ones.painting_with_cars_9Sometimes they turn out all one color. And that’s fine too! Because it’s about exploration and process. You might be wondering what to do with the pile of canvases you’ll have after your preschooler paints with cars a bunch of times. Stay tuned for a future blog post that will show how we took painting with cars to the next level.

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