I can remember when my brother and I were kids – of course, that was a very long time ago – we would play for hours with his toy cars. It wasn’t that they did anything special. They were metal or wooden cars that had few features other than a body, tiny tires and fake lights. The toy cars of today are much more impressive. They make their own car sounds, have headlights that actually work and even have hoods that open to reveal a realistic motor. Yes, toy cars are nearly geniuses by design. Some of them are even artists! You might not know this but a small toy car can draw, color and otherwise create unusual artwork a child can hang on his wall.
You’ve seen those small, toy cars that run on batteries. They’re the ones that have a very unique feature: when they bump into something they turn and go a different direction. Kids will have loads of laughs watching those small cars draw and color. When they’re finished playing they can hang the finished artwork, make place mats out of them, or laminate them for other uses.
It’s so easy to help your toy cars draw. Simply choose a marker and tape it to the front of the vehicle. Position the marker so that the tip rests on the paper then wrap a piece of tape all the way around the vehicle. Or, use a rubber band to secure it. Whatever method you use it’s important that the marker cannot move.
Set the paper inside a box lid or even a picture frame. Or, build a perimeter around it. Use blocks, cardboard or other items to encircle the paper and keep the vehicle within it’s parameters. Turn the switch on and let the car go! As it moves along the marker will draw and color for you. Change the marker anytime you want to start a new color or use more than one vehicle to hold the assorted colors.
If the vehicle you’re using has a strong motor you can sometimes use other writing implements, like colored pencils or crayons. These instruments need to be sharpened to a point to work properly. However, markers glide along easily and are preferable to other writing implements.
All kids love making artwork but now they’ll want to color, draw and create even more! They’ve never had an art class like this one so it’s all new and exciting! You’ll see that they’ll spend hours and hours creating unique pieces they can hang or otherwise display!