I opted to do the activity outside and used a MDF board as our ramp. I covered it in large paper and used our Tuff Spot Tray to catch the cars at the bottom.
I squirted paint on to two plates and found a variety of cars from Adam’s vast collection that would be easy to clean. Battery operated cars can’t be thrown into a bowl of water as we realised when we last painted with cars.
Adam saw the ramp and wanted to push cars down it straight away. It took a little while for him to understand why I was rolling the cars along the paint but he soon realised the benefit of the tracks going down the paper.
Adam loved getting a car, pushing it through the paint, rolling it down the ramp and looking at the paint tracks left behind. He kept telling me the colour of the car and the colour of the car tracks. He soon went through all of the cars I had put in a bowl.
This is where Adam decided we needed more paint, despite having plenty left on the plate. He thought that as the cars had all been used then he needed more paint and clean cars to start the activity again. Trying to explain to a 2 year old that there was enough paint left was a little tricky but he eventually carried on with the activity using the same paint and the same cars!
Cleaning up the activity was easy. I left the painting to dry outside, washed the paint from the Tuff Spot and placed the cars in a washing up bowl. Adam spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning his cars in his Mud Kitchen.