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