Rainy Day Art Activities: Painting with Matchbox Cars

We’ve had about TEN days of rain IN A ROW. TORTURE for this outdoor-loving Mama. Everyday this week, we’ve had down pouring-can’t-play-outside rain and poor Jake goes to the sliding doors…”Outside Mama? Bubbles? Swing?”
Today, out of sheer desperation, I broke out our hidden art supplies. Many of which the boys haven’t seen before:
I decided to try something they both loved at school. We would paint with Matchbox cars, animals, and rubber balls. Dip item in paint…roll around in box. I had each of them find two or three cars and taped the paper down:
We tried big stamp pads first. Ty had fun but the cars didn’t really pick up enough ink to make the prints stand out:
So, we moved onto paint. And got the desired effect:
Ty liked to dip and roll. And then shake, shake, shake the box:
I also had some black canvas pieces for the boys to paint and decorate:
Jake also liked to dip and roll with the cars. It was a super easy, fun way to get them to paint. Usually neither boy is interested in finger painting (or getting their hands dirty):
I found some BIG letters and let them each paint one. First with blue and green. And then with glitter glue. The boys apparently love the bling. Biggest hit of the day:
So glad I spent twenty minutes covering every inch of our kitchen table. Thought this would make a fun scrapbook picture:
Tyson painting his “T”:
Painting some small 8 x 8 white canvas boards:
I don’t think we’ll ever paint without the box again. Kept everything contained, dry, and clean:
After a few hours, many snack breaks, many dance breaks….our final products:
Which then turned into some much needed hallway art for the house. Ty’s box:
Jake’s box:
LOVE the boys’ art. It makes me smile. And love that they were so excited to see their shadow boxes and art hanging up:

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