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"
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,