Making tape turkeys in preschool

This is a little activity we did at the end of our day. Using tape is a great way to work on fine motor skills and coordination…

It takes quite a bit of skill to keep the tape from getting stuck together while cutting, tearing, or pulling it off the roll…

The children have learned through trial and error that the longer the piece of tape they pull off, the harder it is to control that piece of tape…

When I set out the tape, I also set out scissors but I let the children choose how they want to get the tape off of the roll. It isn’t unusual for a few pieces (or more) of tape to get tossed aside because it got all twisted up…

But after a few tries, the children start to figure out what will work and they get better and better at handling and cutting the tape on their own…

As an interesting side note, this little guy pointed out to me that some of his tape pieces were sticking out above the edge of the paper. When I asked him if he would like to fold it over or trim it up, he said “No, I think I like it that way!”  You just never know what will be interesting to a young child…

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this idea. A teacher tweeted recently, “I think I could keep my class busy all day with tape.” They probably haven’t used it at home. See what you moms are missing?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I agree – my class loves tape and will sit and mess with it any time I set it out!

  2. Jeanie Siegel says

    This idea works well with any age preschooler. I have some thin shiny cellophane tape that I will be using with my three’s at Christmas. What type of tape did you use with this exploration? Thanks!