We made a nice tight grid of streets.
And made a little loop onto the tile.
One boy created a parking lot for the cars.
Then our roads got a little crazy. (Maybe this is what happens in big cities!)
Another activity we did a few weeks ago was in the art center. We had paper, markers, tape, and scissors. The idea was to create a "quilt" by drawing on smaller pieces of paper and taping them together along the edges. The kids had other ideas. They taped paper into books, designs, signs, and folded paper and tape over each other in various ways. Here's some of their work:
If you are using tape, remember to provide scissors to cut it. Tearing tape is a difficult skill and you will be tearing a lot of tape if you don't give them scissors to use. Threes and younger fours will probably have difficulty using scissors, too, so be available to help. Or cut lengths of tape ahead of time and stick them to waxed paper. Kids can pull off the tape easily to use.
A couple of links related to masking tape:
- Look at what Teacher Tom's class did with tape: Tape Machine Update
- Here's the tape machine he made: The Tape Machine (I may have to investigate this further - we may need a tape machine in my room!)
- Where do you get colored masking tape? Discount School Supply is where I go: colored masking tape
Do you use masking tape in fun ways? Let me know.
All photos by R. Scott Wiley