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Our first prototype was a fire engine with 4 markers taped in various places around the truck. Make sure whatever vehicle you use, the tips of the markers are lightly touching the paper. This is likely through bit of trial and error.
The remote was very simple for this vehicle; it was specifically designed for a preschooler. The truck went forwards and in circles creating a modern masterpiece! We used a large pad of newsprint paper which was given to us. Opening the paper pad created a larger creative space. Of course the most difficult part is keeping the vehicle on the paper.
Our 2nd prototype was a non-RC train. It's the type of vehicle you pull backwards and let go in order for it to move. It didn't travel very far and was a dud.
Our third prototype was an RC spaceship. The drawback with this vehicle was as soon as you turn it on, it moved forwards. You have to be quick on the remote or the spaceship leaves the drawing space. It was too difficult to control in this situation.
The winner of our STEAM drawing project was the firetruck! Easy for a preschooler to use and it was fun to draw multicolored circles. If you wish to try this at home, I suggest large pieces of paper or cardboard. A roll of paper would work as well. My driveway was very colorful afterward, but I figure, that's what rain is for!
- Remote control vehicles
- Markers (scented would be fun!)
- Large Pad of Newsprint or Easel Paper Roll
I hope you and your child enjoy this STEAM project. Let me know how it goes Find a creative RC unit to experiment with? Share your pictures on my Messy Kids FB page!