Check out these fun activities with tape! Perfect for building fine and gross motor skills!
Kids LOVE tape! There’s something magical about the sticky stuff – you can pull it all off the roll when mom’s not looking, you can use it to wrap gifts, and you can use it to fix or hang just about anything!
But tape can also be used for some great motor and coordination activities for kids. Therapists and teachers love this simple tool because a roll of tape is small, lightweight, cheap, and easy to store. Plus, it comes in all kinds of pretty colors and patterns to keep little ones interested and engaged!
Fun Activities With Tape
Grab a roll of masking tape, washi tape, or other colorful roll of tape and get started!
1 || Easy fine motor play
Little ones love to pick at and peel tape off of any surface. Stick several lengths of tape to the carpet or a table top and let them have at it! They can peel it off, stick it back down, make patterns, or create pictures. Great for building hand strength!
2 || Balance practice
Make a long line of tape on the floor to create a simple balance beam! Make a long path for kids to follow throughout the house – change it up by adding zig zags or other patterns for an extra balance and coordination challenge.
3 || Jumping fun!
Try this fun tape jumping game from Hands on : as we grow!
4 || Indoor games
Use tape to create a game of indoor hopscotch, ring around the posies, or tic tac toe on a rainy day.
5 || Fine motor unwrapping game
Wrap a long length of tape around a favorite action figure or toy and see if kids can “rescue” it by unwrapping and peeling off the tape – more fine motor fun!
6 || Feed the fish game
This is a fun way to use tape to promote all kinds of fine motor and gross motor skills.
7 || Cutting mazes
Use tape to create mazes for kids to cut on with scissors or try this fun vehicle cutting activity.
8 || Body part identification
Have kids follow directions to place a small piece of tape on different parts of their body – this is fun in a group or one-on-one.
9 || Pre-dressing practice
For kids who aren’t quite ready to start working on dressing skills yet, try placing tape in hard-to-reach places on their bodies (e.g. feet, back, shoulders, elbows) so they can practice reaching to different parts of their bodies.
Skill Areas Addressed: Fine motor skills, grasp, strength, visual motor integration, gross motor skills, coordination, motor control, balance
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