Painting With Cars

Sooooo last week I was cooped up in the house with two sick little boys for 3 1/2 days. By Sunday, both boys were congested, but they were better. Come Wednesday, Wesley was sick again. So now we have spent the last two days cooped up again. Sick days for kids aren’t the same as sick days for adults. In the event an adult it sick enough to stay home, they don’t want to do much if anything. When a kid is home sick, they want to do EVERYTHING. They cry and complain and are pitiful as they try to do everything as normal, but their little bodies just don’t want to keep up.

This morning I was on the verge of going stir crazy. My plan was to wait until Wesley’s medicine kicked in and his fever had subsided to get out of the house to get some batteries. (For the past two days we’ve been using the same set of batteries for two different remotes!) Apparently, his antibiotic has his tummy super messed up. Every time he ate something this morning, it went straight through him. From the bathroom I heard, “Mommy you’re just going to have to get the batteries by yourself, because I’m going to be here all the days!” So, we waited.

Finally, I thought things were calm enough to brave a quick trip to Wally World. We needed a little fun in our lives, so we bought some materials for a craft I had in mind: painting with toy cars! I kept it a secret as we bought canvas and paint.

When William got home from school I told them what we were going to do. I got the idea from Pinterest. I’ve seen, and pinned, several “painting with cars” pins. The pictures always depicted masterpieces created by rolling cars through paint.

The boys were super excited. I told them to pick out four cars a piece as I filled each canvas with dots of different color paint. They rather impatiently waited for me to finish as they poked at the paint dots with their fingers.

“On your mark, get set, go!!!” I called out and the painting began. It was just as cool as I expected. The way the random patterns showed up in the paint really did look masterful! The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was the craft being so quick. I guess I thought they could paint for hours. I had to stop them after about ten minutes, because the colors weren’t just running together anymore they were starting to turn icky colors in the high “traffic” areas. They wanted to keep going, but I talked them into calling it quits.

I plan on hanging these in their bedrooms!

This was a great craft for kids! Wesley called me silly when I told him what we were going to do. They had a great time doing it, and I had a great time watching them! It helped Wesley forget for just a bit that he was having such a bad day.

All you need:

  • Canvas, poster board, or craft paper. I bought a pack of two 18’x14′ canvases for a little over $6 at Wal-Mart.
  • Paint. I buy the small $0.50 bottles at Wal-Mart in the craft section. I did splurge and buy a blue with sparkles and a green metallic since blue and green are their favorite colors.
  • Toy cars. We had those at home!

It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s cheap. Plus, they make something you can keep forever!

I would love to hear all about any different/fun crafts you have done with your kiddo or favorite tiny human!

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