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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Printing with Toy Trucks

Here's a peek at one of techniques we use in the Art Studio to make visually textured marks on papers that we use for Eric Carle-inspired collages.

To start, put a little water-based paint (such as tempera) on a tray or plastic plate, roll a toy truck through it, then "drive" it on paper of your choice. For making collage papers, we like using tracing paper, Folia Transparent Paper, lightweight drawing paper or construction paper.

rolling toy truck through paint

This truck is especially fun because it can turn to make curved marks. You might cover a table with big sheets of paper and let your young artists go to town. On the other hand, if you need to define a workspace you could put a piece of paper in a large tray or rimmed cookie sheet to help contain the marks.

printing with trucks

Another fun idea we've tried a few times in our toddler programs is offering a black paper "road" taped to the floor for a playful art experience. In these times I've offered paint in secondary colors (green, orange and purple) because when they mix all together they create a muddy brown color. If you try this, you might need to add a dab of white to your colors to help them show up on the black paper. 

Happy driving!



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 




Wednesday, November 11, 2011 - 12:27 pm
I just did this with my preschool class yesterday! We made a huge mural. Children who are not usually interested in doing art really enjoyed themselves!
Wednesday, November 11, 2011 - 12:33 pm
Cool! Thanks for letting me know it how inclusive an activity it turned out to be in your classroom.
Wednesday, November 11, 2011 - 5:38 pm
This activity is very inclusive - my group of 5 - 10 year olds did it. They all had so much fun and the results were so varied!! I wonder if the car toy manufacturers every thought their toys would be used like this.

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