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Monster Truck Foil Painting

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Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box ChroniclesThis post was contributed by Heather of Crayon Box Chronicles.

Vroom! Frightening McMean, Tormentor and I-Screamer rev up their car-crushing engines for foil painting fun! Today we’re building a monster truck racetrack out of cardboard, paper towel rolls, and tin foil. Instead of traditional racing, let’s slap on some tin foil, add neon paint, and zip-zoom around the race track! We had so much fun playing with our monster truck sensory bin, so we thought we’d bring the trucks to the paint track! Have you ever tried foil painting? It’s simple, fun, and ow-so colorful! The key to making the paint stick is dishwashing liquid! Rolling wheels, high-octane attitude and big, bold personality make monster truck painting fun!

Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles  

Materials Needed:

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cardboard
  • (2) Paper Towel Rolls
  • Neon Tempura Paint
  • Paint Containers
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Monster Trucks

Cover a piece of large cardboard with aluminum foil. I used masking tape to adhere the corners. It’s easier if you put the tape down first, than add foil. Depending on the width of your box, you may need to add another sheet of foil. I had a box top on hand, so we used it to make it more ‘track-like.’ No box top? No worries, just be sure to fold the foil around the back of the board.

Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles

Next, hot glue or tape your tubes together, than tape to the foil. I used two ramps total.

Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles

Add a flexible piece of cardboard to the top and tape to the foil. I used a piece of packaging, but any cardboard will do. Tip: To make cardboard more flexible, tear the top layer on one side off to show the lines.

Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles

Add your second ramp following the same process as above. Here’s an example of pealing the top layer of cardboard off to make it more flexible. Plus, the texture adds to the track painting.

Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles

Add foil and you’re ready to go! No need for perfection, it’s going to be covered in paint! The tire-crushing power of monster trucks will smooth any bumps!

Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles

The tubes double as binoculars! I see you! He kept saying, “Mommy I have nock-u-lors!”

Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles
Paint Mixing:
  • Pour 1/4 cup of tempera paint into a bowl large enough to fit your truck in for dipping.
  • For each color, add 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to neon tempera paint and mix well.
  • If you need more ‘stick,’ just add a touch more dishwashing liquid.
Let’s vroom, zoom, fly!
Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles
It’s race time! I-Screamer is the lead, but Frightening McMean is hot on his tail! The truck tracks are so bright!
Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles
Frightening McMean is no amateur racer! Look at the size of those wheels!
Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles
I-Screamer is on the verge of falling sideways folks! Can he make it up on all four wheels?
Frightening McMean is peering over the ramp …
Monster Truck Foil Painting at All for the Boys blog - contributed by Crayon Box Chronicles
Tormentor is the winner! Who needs paintbrushes, right?! Foil painting uses just a few basic materials and is lots of brightly colored sensory fun! I hope you had a car-crushin’, high-octane fun kind of day with us! Are you looking for more painting activities for kids? Painting Activities from Crayon Box Chronicles: Carpet Square Painting & Sensory Board
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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

7 Comments

  1. this is fantastic!! We just made a homemade race track (posting next week), but GREAT idea using tin foil & paint!!

  2. Does the paint wash off or do you have painted monster trucks forever?

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