5 Fun Activities for Kids – Using Just Tape!

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Ahh, toys! Those things our kids seem to have too many of, but never enough and they’re always bored! But, guess what? You don’t always need fancy toys to provide your children with amazing learning opportunities.  If you’re a parent looking for a fun but cheap (free?) afternoon’s play, or if you work with Early Years children, you need to read this – my 5 fun activities for kids – using just a roll of tape!

 

(Activities will talk about how they link to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL). This is useful for teachers, Early Years professionals and home educators. If you’re a parent, just know that your child is learning loads of cool stuff whilst having fun!)

 

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5 Fun Activities for Kids – Using Just Tape!

 

  1. The Long Jump

This is hands-down one of the best activities I’ve ever done in *mumbles* years of caring for children! My last group were at it for a good hour and kept on coming round for another go! You will need:

  • Thick masking tape
  • A floor
  • A pen

Lay one strip of tape down, left to right. Then, lay a second, long strip (a couple of metres is plenty) perpendicular to this, making a ‘T’ shape. Write ‘Stand here’ or something similar on the shorter piece – it doesn’t matter too much, as they probably can’t read it anyway!

 

masking tape on wooden floor in 'T' shape

 

The idea is for the child (or adult – you know you’re going to try this!) to stand with their toes touching the ‘stand here’ tape, and then jump – from standing – as far as they can along the other length of tape. Ask them to really bend their knees (you’ll have to demonstrate) to get good lift, and it really helps if they swing their arms backwards and forwards too (make sure you demonstrate this also. I’m not trying to make you look silly. Honest.) Where they land, mark off with their name on the tape. If you’re playing with just one child, you could compete with them by hopping instead of jumping, or just get them to try to better their own distance each time. If playing in a large group, it becomes something of a spectator sport and can get very competitive – in a friendly way – or is that just the adults?! You can, if you want, get a tape measure and ask the children to measure the actual distances jumped.

Where they land, mark off with their name on the tape. If you’re playing with just one child, you could compete with them by hopping instead of jumping, or just get them to try to better their own distance each time. If playing in a large group, it becomes something of a spectator sport and can get very competitive – in a friendly way – or is that just the adults?! You can, if you want, get a tape measure and ask the children to measure the actual distances jumped.

 

 

2. Roads and Railways

Using tape on the floor is probably the simplest way to create roads or train tracks for little ones to push their vehicles along. You will need:

  • Thin masking tape
  • A floor
  • Selection of vehicles

This one is really easy – you just need a bit of imagination! Just lay strips of tape on the floor, parallel to each other with enough room in the centre for two vehicles side-by-side. Or, add smaller strips across the gap in the style of railway sleepers. You could make the road/rails go all the way around the house if you wanted! Or even stick tape leading up from the floor onto the furniture (this is why masking tape – it comes off easily!). Then, just let your little one loose with the cars and trains! Maybe put some buildings along the road – you could make some with

Then, just let your little one loose with the cars and trains! Maybe put some buildings along the road – you could make some with duplo or use Happy Land stuff if you have it. And, if your child is a little older or more able, get them to make their own roads!

 

masking tape laid on grey rug to make 'roads' with toy vehicles

 

 

3. Incy Wincy Spider

This one is really fun! You will need:

  • Thin masking tape
  • A large floor area
  • At least two people

Use the tape to make a spider’s web on the floor. Make it as big as you can, with lots of ‘web’ and lots of spaces in between. Then, one person is the spider and the other(s) the fly. Start off on either side of the web from each other. Then, take turns to move around the web, one step at a time. The fly must avoid being caught by the spider! Don’t fall off the web, or you lose the game!

 

 

4. Balancing

This activity is very simple, but a great one for developing physical skills. You will need:

  • Thick masking tape
  • Thin masking tape
  • A floor

 

 

Lay different lengths of the different sizes of tape on the floor. The idea is to balance on the tape without falling off. Start with the thicker tape. Try walking forwards, backwards, hopping, doing it with your eyes closed. Then, try the thinner tape. You could even try this outside with a bike – try riding along the tape without wobbling off!

 

 

5. Making Shapes

This can either be done at a table, or on a much larger scale on a large floor or outside. You will need:

  • (Small scale) Narrow tape, such as electrical tape.
  • Paper or card
  • (Large scale) Thick tape such as masking tape
  • A floor or large, flat area

Use the tape to make as many different shapes as possible. You might want to draw some onto paper first for your child to follow. If doing the activity outside, use chalk on the pavement. See if they can make one shape by combining others, such as two triangles to make a square. Can they make a circle?

 

 

So you don’t always need expensive toys and fancy resources to provide children with a fun, yet educational play experience! Who’d have thought a roll of tape could be so versatile?

Can you think of some other fun activities for kids using a roll of tape? Let me know in the comments!

 

If you liked this, you might also like my recipe for Easy No-Cook Play Dough!

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