Painting Projects for Kids: Toy Truck Painting

by Kristy on October 8, 2012

toy truck painting

My toddler son LOVES cars, trains, trucks…pretty much anything that moves. Recently, I was looking around the house for something fun to do with the little man and stumbled across some washable kid’s paint. Then I turned to good ol’ Pinterest for some painting projects for kids. Then voila! I found an awesome and easy idea that incorporated his love for trucks and the paint I had just discovered.

toy truck painting

Toy Truck Painting:

What you will need:

– Washable non-toxic kid’s paint (ours was Crayola paint from Target)

– Paper/Cardboard (or you can use anything really that you don’t mind your kiddo turning into a work of art)

– Plate to put the paint on

-Blanket (I used a blanket we got from an Oakland A’s game. I figured the hubby wouldn’t mind since the paint is washable. It washed off without a problem.)

– Several different sizes of toy trucks and cars. Let your kid participate in this part by picking them out.

Super easy prep. Took me about 2 mins.

You may need to show your child a few times what to do and encourage them to run their trucks through the paint on the plate. Once my son saw I was having fun with it he got really excited to try it himself.

toy truck painting2

Then he decided that putting his hand in the paint would be a squishy fun idea.

toy truck painting3

I love this face. It’s his “Mom, my hands are dirty, get this off me now!” face. haha I was the same way when I was a kid.

toy truck painting4

We did our painting outside in the backyard which was perfect because things got a little messier than expected but that was totally fine since we were outside by a water hose. I also had him wear some swim trunks since I knew that I would be hosing him off afterward. :)

crayola body paint

The final Toy Truck Painting works of art:

toy truck painting results

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Jennifer October 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

I really love this project…what a fun and interesting idea!! Definitely going to try this…looks like your little one had a blast too! :)

Jennifer @ Sparkle & Splatter


maryanne @ mama smiles October 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I never would have thought to paint on a blanket, but I can see how that would work really well! Painting with cars is always a favorite with my kids – just a little messy so we don’t do it every day.


Allyson Bossie October 10, 2012 at 12:31 am

Such a great idea. Painting on a blanket keeps everything safe from the paint. I might have the girls start painting their nails on a blanket!


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