One Simple Material, Endless Possibilities
Ah, the humble roll of Painter’s Tape. Such a simple utility item can bring endless hours of fun and activities! At the start of quarantine, when many basic art supplies were sold out, I had to get creative. One of the supplies we had in bulk around the house was rolls of bright blue Painter’s Tape. Fortunately, there is a multitude of things kids can do with this material as a jumping-off point. Here are some of our favorite Painter’s Tape activities, for babies up to big kids!
Sounds straightforward, because it is. When your precious babe is starting to work on those fine motor skills, Painter’s Tape can be your friend. Simply lay a few strips down on the floor and let your baby try to pull them up. This is an easy and entertaining way for them to hone their pincer grasp. Just make sure to keep a close eye on them that they don’t try to eat the tape!
Window or Sidewalk “Stained Glass” Painting
Tape Resist Art
If you’re looking for a unique way for your child to paint, try tape resist art! Lay Painter’s Tape on top of a regular piece of paper, cardstock, or canvas, and simply paint over it. Peel the tape off and voila! You’ll be left with negative space where the tape was and a truly stunning effect! Use this method to make creative seasonal paintings (trees and snowflakes are popular with this method), design homemade cards, or make a sign with your child’s name. One of my daughters calls this method “opposite painting,” and it’s definitely one of our favorite Painter’s Tape activities. (Hint: make sure that you remove the tape when the paint is mostly dry—don’t leave it too long! Also, to ensure minimal bleeding, press the tape down firmly on the painting surface before beginning.)
Probably one of the most universal ways to incorporate Painter’s Tape into play is by creating roadways or racetracks. What I love about this activity is that it’s great for solitary or collaborative play. Whether you use a large piece of cardboard, the floor, or even the sidewalk, this activity is great for vehicle lovers from 1 to 10 (or beyond!) years old.
Toys on Parade
Obstacle Course / Doorway Web
- Make gaps large enough for a child to climb through and challenge them to see how well they can wiggle through without breaking the web.
- Roll up little balls of newspaper to throw at the web and see who can get the most successfully stuck…
- …or see how successfully you can throw the newspaper wads through the web!
- These require a lot more tape than the other activities so make sure you have a full roll on hand!
Bean Bag Toss
A bean bag toss is a great rainy day activity for working on hand-eye coordination. As it is easy to customize for difficulty, it’s a versatile activity for all ages! For younger kids, it’s an interactive way of practicing shapes. Make various different shapes out of tape and ask corresponding questions: Can you toss it into the square? The triangle? If you have different colored Painter’s Tape, elevate it further to challenge your kiddos. Toss into the blue oval. Toss into the red diamond.
If you are a fan of painter’s tape activities, let us know some of the ways you like to play with it in the comments below!