This is another quick prep play ideas for kids with masking tape. Train their fine motor and gross motor skill that you can do at home!
This time both misses played something “physical” while they could still learn and stayed indoor (it was VERY SUNNY OUTSIDE mommy-couldn’t-take-it). I got the inspiration of using masking tape or painter’s tape from Jamie’s blog (check hers on Hands On As We Grow, she’s awesome and has a hell LOTS of activities you should try with the kids!). Don’t you believe we can actually do some fun activities for kids at home with masking tape?
Activity: Balancing and following the track
Recommended age group: 3-6 years old
- masking tape or painter’s tape and scissors. Masking tape is another go-to supply for me to create various activities for the kids. If you stock this at home, I’d suggest get them in bulk, like this set of 9 rolls.
- pompoms, small toy cars (their Hot Wheels cars are perfect size!)
- straw, or chopstick, or any stick you can use to move the pompom/car along the track
Preparation time required: 10-20 minutes (the zigzag track was trickier)
Learning objectives: recognizing shape and patterns (straight, zigzag, etc), developing gross motor skill – balancing steps on a straight and zigzag lines, as well as fine motor skill – blowing pompoms/pushing car with chopsticks on the lines.
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How to play
First, prepare the track(s) with your masking tape. I pasted the masking tape on my floor. I saw some moms did it on their carpet too, whichever works with your space at home.
Here I made two straight line tracks and two zigzag tracks. It’s really up to you on what kind of pattern you want to make. Straight lines, zigzag, curvy, or make various shapes (rectangle, triangle), you can make a maze if you want something harder.
Have each child keeps one pompom + one straw, and a toy car + chopstick (or any stick).
Let’s start the game!
- Balancing steps: ask each child to stand at one end of the track, and start together to walk on the line. I started with the easy track, the straight line, then continued to the zigzag track. Younger kids may need more patience to follow the zigzag lines without falling off the track. Miss U kept giggling she couldn’t focus on the track, lol! Try asking them to walk forward, then sideways – crabby style. More giggling ensued!
- Blowing pompoms: Start from one end of the chosen track. Put the pompom on the line, then start blowing! Kids, keep your pompom on the line!
- Poking cars: Start from one end of the chosen track, with the toy car on the line. Get your chopstick, then start poking (ahemm.. pushing) the car while staying on track. Watch out of those turns! This time only Miss A was willing to try. Miss U was too excited about her pompom, she wanted to blow and blow it again. 😀
Adding further learning option
You can vary the shapes of your masking-tape tracks, make a maze, or make letters-shape tracks to spell your child’s initial.
For the balancing steps activity, you can ask the child to walk sideways, or backwards. Or ask them to walk while balancing a small item on top of their opened palm or head.
And I would say this could work outdoor if you have any sidewalk or driveway you can draw onto. You can make the tracks with masking tape or draw it using chalks. Well, we can’t do that here, since most sidewalks are public properties, we could get fined for drawing on it! :p
That’s it, have fun with the tracks.
Let me know if you have tried any other modifications to this activity!