Painting With Trucks

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“Me: what do you want to do today?

Mateo: a craft”

Well, there ya have it. The kids loves to craft. My work here is done. As adorable as that is, I hadn’t planned on crafting yesterday so I had no fancy craft prepared. Therefore we went with a paint based sensory experience instead… and enjoyed an hour of toddler busyness.

This crafting adventure is a prime example of the joy being in the journey, not the result. Painting with trucks will not yield you an adorable craft to hang on your fridge. It will yield a giant painty mess… and that’s the point. It’s truly just an activity for your little one.
The premise simply could not be easier. Cover a baking tin with paper. Create four lines of paint down the middle and let your little one drive their trucks through the paint to watch the tracks the wheels create. Please note that Mateo required a second piece of paper because he decided he wanted to make handprints as well. Why not?

Mateo had a blast. This occupied him for almost an hour and he was fascinated by watching the wheels make their tracks, seeing what happened when the colors blended together, inspecting the wheels for paint and racing his trucks from one end of the cookie sheet to the other. Then, he moved right along to digging his hands in the paint, making handprints and discovering the cool marks left behind when he used his fingernails to scrape paint from one side to the other. A clean craft, this is not. The end result was a paint covered kid, a giant mess of brownish paint on his paper and an extremely pleased two year old.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy sensory paint experience for your little one, this gets two messy thumbs up from me.


Materials: 

  1. A cookie sheet to cover in paper to confine the truck driving fun
  2. 3-4 diffeeent color paints
  3. 3-4 plastic trucks

Directions: 

  1. Cover a baking sheet with paper
  2. Squeeze a line of each of your colors down the middle of the paper and set out 3 trucks.
  3. Show your little one what happens when you drive a truck through the paint.
  4. Sit back and watch the fun ensue.

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