Car Track Painting

This is an activity for the smallest artists - and a particularly great activity for getting boys excited!

Car Track Painting Car Track Painting Car Track Painting

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age 3+
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  • Paint (Tempura or Poster Paint)
  • Paper
  • Paper or plastic plates
  • Toy Cars


    1. Put a enough paint on a paper or plastic plate to cover the surface of the plate
    2. Roll the toy car back and forth over the paint to coat the wheels
    3. Roll the toy car across the paper to make paint tracks
    4. Repeat using different cars (with different types and sizes of wheels)


    1. An alternative approach to this activity which is great for very small children is to put blobs of paint on the paper and allow the child to drive the car through the paint. This is easier than trying to teach the child how to cost the wheels in the paint by rolling the car back and forth
    2. Toy trucks are great for this activity as they tend to have textured wheels which make nice patterns.


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    Useful supplies

    SunWorks Construction Paper Smart-Stack, 58 lbs., 9 x 12, Assorted, 300 Sheets/Pack (6525)
    $9.78 Buy on Amazon
    Crayola Artista II Washable Liquid Tempera Paint, Set of 12, 16oz , Assorted Colors (54-8216)
    $38.05 Buy on Amazon

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    Fisher-Price Little People Lift-the-Flap Cars, Trucks, Planes and Trains, by Nancy L. Rindone
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