At 19 months old painting and trucks are a firm favourite of Jack’s so what could be better than combining the two together and having some fun painting with trucks.
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Since reading Little Blue Truck to Jack he’s rarely seen without a car or truck in his hand. This weeks featured book for the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids is Goodnight, Goodnight Construciton Site which has been hugely popular with my Little Tots so I knew they were all going to love getting their favourite trucks covered in paint.
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Although a tuff spot is not essential it definitely helped contain the paint but this would also be a great outdoors activity to do as well.
To set this up I covered the tuff spot in paper and secured with sticky tape to stop the paper moving around and added some big squirts of brightly coloured paint. I added the trucks, put on their painting aprons (which are actually just old shirts) and let them get messy.
They loved watching the marks they were making with the trucks and were fascinated by the way the colours merged and started to cover the paper.
At the moment they love to race each other in the garden shouting “one, two, go!” so they enjoyed racing the trucks across the table and watching the paint spread as they went.
This was a great activity for the Little Tots (aged 1 – 2 years) to get them interested and noticing the effect of the marks they were making, which is a precursor to writing. They also enjoyed using their hands to move the paint around and make marks with their fingers.
The finished result was a beautiful team effort masterpiece that once dry I displayed on a wall where they have been pointing at it and talking about how they made it.
And of course if you ever use toys to paint with the clean up is just as fun, we took them out into the garden and gave them a wash with soapy bubbles in the water table.
After about 20 minutes the other two Little Tots asked to be cleaned up so they could play with something else and Jack carried on racing his trucks for another 10 minutes. Check out the video below to see how much he enjoyed it.
More construction activities from the Kids Virtual Book Club co-hosts:
- Alphabet – Goodnight Construction Site ABC Dig and Construct- Growing Book by Book and Construction Themed Letter Crafts – Books and Giggles
- Numbers – Construction Truck STEM: Building Beams – Preschool Powol Packets, Construction Site Counting Game – To be a Kid Again and Number Construction Site Sensory Bin – Adventures of Adam
- Sensory – Cloud Dough Construction Site Sensory Bin – Powerful Mothering, Construction Site Sensory Bin – CraftCreateCalm and 4 Easy Construction Play Ideas for Kids- Toddler Approved
- Cooking – Rock Cakes – Rainy Day Mum
- Science – Design and build a truck – Mama Smiles and Magnetic Construction Site – The Educators’ Spin On It
- Colours – Digger Color Sort – My Storytime Corner
- Pre-writing – Constructing a Story Printable and Kids Book List — Chickadee Lit