Yelena's son made up a new game called 'race to find power crystals which uses tape to mark distances. In the game you "roll even numbers in the dice and go that many light years. Roll odd numbers and you get to do a hyperspace jump which, naturally, is three light years." At press time the game was "progressing slowly because M's rocket stopped at the mica field to upgrade its heat shield, got hit by glow-in-the-dark asteroids, and bravely fought off space pirates and put them in jail."
If you are your kids are using tape in some way to make a game, wrap a stick, draw a picture, whatever, I'd love to include it here. Just get in touch and we can arrange for you to submit your photo and short description!
Here's another great post from Teach Preschool called Five Fun Ways to Teach with Tape.
My seven year old figured out what to do with all the tape rope she produced a few weeks ago -- baskets!!
Yelena McManaman (from Moebius Noodles fame) submitted this awesome example of using tape in play/learning. Here we see her son using the tape to think about and represent his ideas of distance and pathways/mapping:
My 6-year old is heavily into space explorations. So he decided to decorate the family room with the pictures of planets (I had those left over from an old project).
First, he used the tape to put the pictures up. Then he decided to show how he'd travel from Earth to the Moon and connected the two with a piece of tape.
Next, he said that the Moon is actually really far away and it's a much longer flight. So he took another cutout of the Moon, taped it to the wall as far way from the Earth as he could, and connected those two with tape, saying that this is his Earth to Moon flight trajectory, the real one, and the first one he did was just "a simple picture to show quickly"
David Rufo is an artist/teacher/researcher
working on his PhD at Syracuse University in Art Education. With seventeen years experience as a general classroom fourth grade teacher, David’s current research interest is the self-initiated creativity of children in a child-centered environment.
In this post, published on ALT/space, he says: "Using masking tape as adornment was one of the first creative applications in my classroom and one that remains popular today. Students wrapped their fingers, wrists, and hands, or created facial features such as sideburns, mustaches, and beards. Around the same time I began to find a variety of pencils, pens, magic markers, and sticks carefully wrapped like Chachapoya mummies or densely packed Emperor Moth cocoons." Read the full post here.
When my daughter was in preschool I spent some time there experimenting with adapting Math in Your Feet concepts to the (much) younger set. As you might expect, I played around with floor tape of all colors and in as many different configurations as I could. Read my blog post on this experience and try out some of my ideas. Then let me know how it goes or submit your own ideas for inclusion on this page!
Hopscotch is a classic game. When my daughter was four years old, I put this up in the sunroom one cold winter's day.
She couldn't yet hop, but it was fun to see her try to organize herself. Beyond the kinesthetic benefits of just moving, this also provides great experience with one-to-one correspondence.
I have to say, though, that it took a couple more years before her brain really had that concept proving yet again just how much children are learning while they play.
Tape! The ultimate open-ended, the world is your oyster, creative, hands-on learning and making supply. Check out the endless ways tape can be employed in the interest of math, art,