How to Create Fun Learning Activities with Tape

by | May 1, 2020 | Child development, Developmental Play, Parenting, toddler

Watch and Listen to Ann Mckitrick explain learning activities that you can create for your kids with items around the house.

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At-Home Learning Activities for Children

Today, I want to tell you about some activities you can do to entertain your kids with a very simple thing you probably already have at your house…a roll of masking tape!

Yep, you heard me right…TAPE! There are so many activities that you can do with a roll of tape, it’s crazy!

You can give even your youngest baby a piece of tape and let them touch it, feel it and explore the stickiness of it. They may like it, or not, but it will definitely entertain them as they explore the texture.

Tape: A Nice Diversion

When I was an infant teacher, we used to have moments when we were waiting for the food to arrive and everyone’s in their highchair acting fussy and impatient. We would give everybody a piece of tape and it would entertain them for a short minute while we waited for our food to arrive.

Here are some other activities that you can do with tape on the floor or a table:

  • Use two strips of tape to make streets so the kids can play with cars all over the space
  • If you have older children, you could use letter blocks that they can place between the lines of tape to create their name and spell other words
  • If you have an open space in your room, you could put the tape a couple of feet apart and walk together at the same time on the tape, hop on the tape, or step on both sides of the tape. Walking in sync with another person requires a certain amount of regulation and awareness of another person’s body and their movement in relation to your own, which is a good activity for little kids.
  • Tear the tape to create letters. Children love to make letters and become interested in them once they get to a certain age, which is usually around three and a half or four years of age. The first letter that they will love is the first letter of their name so that’s one of the first letters that you would introduce to them as they are becoming aware of letters. The letters that they are going to love the most are the ones in their name and the first letter is going to be their favorite.

Development Through Play

So that’s just a few ideas that you can do with a roll of tape that you’ve got in your closet or drawer. These ideas are not only fun, but they contribute to your child’s development. 

Children get lots of tactical experience with tape and are learning the physics of their small motor development. If you using these activities on the floor and walking around it, that’s good for their large motor development.


Meet Ann

I'm a child development specialist, parent coach and teacher trainer. I've cared for countless babies in child development programs, plus 3 kids, 3 grand babies and 5 foster babies! I LOVE babies and would come hold yours if I could. ❤️

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