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Art activities : Paint with big vehicles

It was a hot day and the kids were itching to get out. We couldn’t really get out of the house and go somewhere.  Instead we went to our backyard and did what we do best – play with paint.

We have painted with cars before of course we have; it is a kids classic. That day however we did the art activity on a larger scale for extra fun. In kids world, bigger = better, right? Large scale art activities are great for warm summer days where  you can get messy and creative *outside* your house. They are also perfect for days you need the kids to burn off some energy while having tons of fun. Gross motor art activities are fantastic for encouraging active kids to create. They will be moving while creating!

I set out a variety of large vehicles we own along with some poster paint and mixed up powdered tempera paint. I observed that the powdered tempera made much better and vibrant prints.

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As mentioned earlier you could do this art activity on a cookie sheet but that day we wanted something bigger.

I taped down 3 sheets of butcher paper and marked numbers on the top. My hope was that we can make the art project into a race. Meh! then I realize that I have 2.5 year old who very typical of all 2.5 year old has absolutely zero regards for rules. So yeah, race idea went kaput! But if you have older kids you could do a race car painting project. Ready, set, go -which vehicle wins while leaving a great tire mark.

We however had lots of fun moving around with big vehicles and dipping them in paint.My 4 year old raced them across the paper and often times flew them across the paper- even the cars flew.

Ironically, my 2 year old was very interested in making the tire marks.