When you see the flames from a fire, you see several colors are smashed and swirled into each other. For this fire truck with flame painting craft colors are smashed and swirled together too. The colors seem to be billowing and smearing together just as an actual flame would.
How to create the fire truck flame painting:
You start by gathering together the following materials:
- Yellow paint
- Red paint
- Orange paint or an orange bingo marker
- Plastic wrap
- White or black paper to paint on
- Black, red, white and yellow construction paper for the truck
Painting the flames
Dab or drip paint onto the background construction paper. It is okay to layer the paint drips or puddles. Try to place them all over your paper.
Place a piece of plastic wrap over the paper that is the same size as the paper. Squish and slide the plastic wrap over the paint. You can straighten out the plastic wrap and squish and slide a second or a third time if you like. Kids are going to love the feeling of the plastic wrap sliding over the paint. It is the movement of the plastic wrap over the paper and paint that creates the flames illusion of movement.
Creating a Fire Truck
You could actually be finished with the craft at this point is you like. We decided to create fire truck out of construction paper to place over a section of the painting to clarify what the themed of the painting was. Just in case people didn’t visualize flames when they looked at the painting.
A basic truck shape was cut of red construction paper. When I say basic truck shape, I mean that it has a cab and a trailer. Our cab has a rounded front section. If your children feel the front section needs to have square front, that would be great too.
Two circles and triangle were cut out of black paper to make the front window and the tires for the truck. We went with two wheels. I can totally see fire trucks needing to have three or even four tires on one side. We only included one window, but more could be added on if kids want to have more.
A ladder was cut out of yellow construction paper and was placed diagonally on the back of the truck. When we have made other fire truck crafts, the ladder has been glued to the side of the truck. There really isn’t a right or wrong place to put the ladder.
Finally a bottom trim piece was cut out of white construction paper to add a little bit of flair to the truck.
Then all the pieces were glued together to create a completed fire truck.
Adding the Fire Truck
Children can place the fire truck anywhere on the flame painting they would like to. Our truck ended up near the bottom of the page.
If you decide to try flame painting with your children, please stop back and let me know how to goes. Oh! You can find more fun crafts and activities on my Early Learning Pinterest board.