We are a tape-loving house. You?
Toddler and Preschoolers adore tape, so today I’m sharing how you can set up your own simple art provocation: Tape Art for Toddlers.
Tape art with colorful tape, clear tape, paper tape: young children will enjoy using tape in this process-based design activity that encourages fine motor skills, compositional choices, creative thinking, and more.
Have you seen this colorful paper tape at Target? It’s from the Kid Made Modern line and you can find it in the art supply section. I’m not an affiliate — just a happy customer.
It’s not washi tape, in case you’re wondering. Washi tape is traditionally made from rice paper and has a transparent quality to it. This tape is fairly heavy; I think you can tell from this photo that it’s got some body to it, which makes it easy for little hands to manipulate.
After watching my children use this fancy tape for a couple months I’ve come to see it as the love child of stickers and wrapping paper. It’s useful for adhering one thing to another, but my kids mostly use it as a form of decoration.
On this particular day I cleared our art table, cut brown paper bags into 6″ wide strips, and presented my kiddos with paper tape and brown paper bags. They loved it.
My 4-year old likes to cut her own pieces of tape and focused closely on building coordinated horizontal lines across the paper.
Oh, that and covering her fingers with tape.
My 2-year old is barely getting the hang of cutting (we practice a lot, and I recommend cutting playdough if it’s something you’re working on too), so I pre-cut lots of pieces for her to tape at will. She spent the whole time piling one piece of tape on top of another.
Remember, it’s the process, people, not the product!
I also pulled out our office supply store dot and garage sale-style stickers, which 2-year old R added to her tape pile.
This is my 2-year old’s completed piece, which is wildly different from my 4-year old’s interpretation of the materials…
So, what’s your design material du jour?
Since this colorful tape bonanza, we’ve moved on to clear Scotch tape, a new stash of stickers, mylar, and alphabet stencils.
More tape art inspiration from Tinker-past…
- Tape Play
- Tape Trees from Observation
- Why We Would be Lost without Tape
- Improvised Caution Tape
- Art Invitation: Washi Tape and Found Paper Collage
- DIY Paper Tape Roads
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