We had fun with some toy cars, trains and trucks the other night, using lots of paint and paper to make tyre tracks (and a splendid mess!)
We rolled a digger, baby toy car and small train in a tray of paint (a few colours mixed together.)
I sellotaped some sheets of paper together to make a long road and she rolled the vehicles down them back and forth to create tyre prints and wheel tracks.
Each vehicle produced different patterns and thicknesses.
We had to move it to the floor so that she cold really get into the playing element and she “needed” lots and lots of paper!
The overlapping tracks look great!
The finished products! Lots and lots of tyre print pictures, each one telling a different “journey story.”
A close up of some of the great patterns that were created.
The big truck gave the best results. I’m pretty sure a toy motorbike and tractor would be just brilliant to add to the mix for a range of tyre thicknesses and the comparative marks they would make. If only we had some!
And this was seriously achievable for Little Pop (11 months) because all she had to do was roll back and forth and play with it. She needed to lick it and spin the wheels too, of course. That’s what babies do!
Max has loved this when we’ve done it in the past. The wheels enable him to go crazy! Must do it again, it’s been a while.
Talking of prints, I found two ideas in Toddler’s Busy book which we enjoyed: Turning a muffin pan over and painting the circles, then laying paper on top to take prints. And painting bubblewrap and laying paper over that.
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
That’s great and I can imagine him going crazy with it! 😉
The bubble wrap printing is a great idea and one we haven’t tried, thanks!
That looks like fun! I’ll have to see if I can persuade Aaron to let his cars get paint on them. 🙂
I love this activity …. We tried this idea outside on the concrete last week using some homemade cornflour paint it was lots of fun
Frog, Goose and Bear says
What a great activity! My little boy would love this! And so would my little girl, what am I saying?!
Another great one for itty bitty ones.
you got nice patterns at the end, very innovative way of engaging kids and also extracting some creativity through their craft.
safdar ali says
This is so nice. The kids have always so fun with these works.
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