Toddler Painting with Cars



Our toddlers love art that allows them to move. One of the most common questions I am asked is what to do with toddlers who have lots of energy. This is what prompted me to write my Ideas for Busy Toddlers post. When I plan activities, I keep in mind what our toddlers are interested in. Rolling cars and trucks is right up there with trains and Duplo Legos. I knew a toddler painting with cars activity would be a hit, and we’ve done that with our transportation art, but this time I added a ramp. When I first started teaching, I went to a Bev Bos workshop. She shared an activity using rain gutters. I went to my local hardware store, bought a rain gutter, and had my husband saw it in half. We’ve used this in so many ways, such as with our sandbox play. This time I used it as a ramp for our painting with cars activity.



Toddler Painting with Cars


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 Setting up this activity:

We set the rain gutter on a chair and placed the cars in trays of paint. We cut paper to fit in the gutters so that we could save the paint.

Toddler Painting with Cars


Of course, what our toddlers really loved was just seeing the cars slide down the ramp!


Toddler Painting with Cars


Sometimes we didn’t even use paper and just enjoyed seeing the tracks on the rain gutter ramp.


Toddler Painting with Cars


This truly is process art. They could care less about the final product. They simply enjoyed the action involved.


Toddler Painting with Cars


 Oh, and make sure to have a tray at the bottom of the ramp to collect the painted cars!



Toddler Painting with Cars


More process art ideas:

Easy Toddler Art Using Spools    Process Art with Salt Chalk    Process Art for Preschoolers Using Watercolors long


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  1. Jamie @ hands on : as we grow says:

    I love this! I wish we had some open gutters around the house – but I’ll come up with something else! Great idea to take outside (or inside like this).

    I’d love for you link this post up to our new party today – It’s Playtime!

    Thanks so much for the great ideas, as always!
    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  2. Neat idea, Sheryl! Looks like fun!

  3. Deborah says:

    Oh – I think my nephew would do this all day!

  4. ChildTalk says:

    Too fun!

  5. says:

    Love this one. I dont have any rain gutters either but i’m thinking maybe wrapping paper rolls or something?

  6. A note on raingutters – I purchased one at Hope Depot over 10 years ago. My husband sawed it in half. They have taken so much abuse, inside and out, and are still in perfect condition! A bit scratched, but that’s it! I highly recommend it. In fact, I’m thinking of buying another and sawing them into 4 shorter ramps.

  7. Jamie @ hands on : as we grow says:

    Thanks for stopping over and linking this up!!

    I hope to see more of your ideas next Thursday too!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  8. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    What a great way to use a drain gutter! My son would love this.

  9. Deborah Alter-Rasche says:

    Thanks for linking this fun idea to Tuesday Tots. I’ve featured it this week :)

  10. Sheryl Cooper says:

    Thank you for featuring it, Deborah!