Toddler Craft: abstract train painting

Toddler Craft: abstract train painting

Lately I’ve been trying to find fun projects that will keep Wolfie busy while letting him play & be creative. I also wanted him to make something that we can keep and remember this sweet, explorative stage of life he’s in. I realized there would be no better way to remember this time than to let him paint with his Choo Choo trains because like lots of little boys, they are one of the things he loves most!

If your kid isn’t into trains, you could use literally any toy they love to play with. Think: trucks, Barbie dolls, toy soldiers, Lincoln Logs, pirate swords, or anything else without batteries that you can wash (and that you won’t be totally devastated if some of the paint sticks permanently). My only word of caution is to not use those little wood particle board figures or puzzle pieces like what come in the Melissa & Doug sets because they may begin to disintegrate because of the water.


You will need:

-washable non toxic paint in a few colors (squeezable tubes work better than tubs, but you could work with either).

-clothes you don’t mind getting full of paint or a paint apron (preferably both)

-toys to paint with

-a high chair or booster seat (something you can buckle him or her into so he/she can’t just get up at will).

-a stiff paper like mixed media paper, card-stock, or watercolor paper).

-A frame to compliment the finished painting AND to match the decor in the room where the masterpiece will go! 

first I thought it would be a good idea to put the paint in the high chair’s cupholder and let Wolfgang dip his trains in the paint, but that wasn’t working so well so…

Step 1:

Let your kid choose a color, then squeeze the tube of paint in a 2″ line across the paper where he/she tells you to. Wolfie’s first color was green and he wanted it in 2 spots on his paper.

Step 2:

briefly show your child how cool it is when he/she runs the train (or whatever) through the paint!     Step 3:

Let him/her have a great time, adding more color lines of paint as needed! 

Cleanup tips:

-use a bucket or Tupperware to collect the toys. then put the painting on a counter to dry. don’t worry if it has lots of texture or mounds of paint, it looks cool!

-put the bucket of toys in the sink and fill with soapy water, let soak for a bit.

-wipe off the work surface, your toddler’s hands, and anything else with a lot of paint on it.

-wash toddler’s hands in the sink.

-clean up any little bits of paint and wash clothes/coverup that are paint-y

-use a sponge or dish brush to clean off the toys, dry and then they can play with them again as long as there’s no hidden paint/water inside the toy!

With the finished product, be sure to let it fully dry before framing it!

Enjoy this precious time with your little one!



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