Time to create in preschool

My teacher set the colored tape, black construction paper, scissors, and chalk on the table.

All I needed was a little time and the chance to do something all by myself.

I concentrated on my work.

The tape was sticky and I had to use my hands and my mind to figure out how to keep the tape from sticking together.

I made lines on my paper.

My lines began to form shapes

I had plenty of time to create more lines and more shapes.

My cutting skills were improving as I worked to cut the tape but I didn’t notice.

Some of my friends created their own shapes too! What shapes do you see?

This was fun and my confidence grew as I made my own decisions...

I am glad my teacher gave us time to create!

By |2010-07-10T07:00:32+00:00July 10th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jenny July 10, 2010 at 7:39 am - Reply

    What a great idea Deborah. My tape obsessed preschoolers would love this.

  2. trilby July 10, 2010 at 8:49 am - Reply

    my preschooler did this at school almost every day last year. She would bring home the biggest, bulkiest, glue-y-est, tape-y-est messes! Then, of course, wanted them proudly displayed! UGH! Drove me NUTS but was soOOOOOOO good for her!!! Most parents would complain…..LOL.

  3. Teacher Tom July 10, 2010 at 11:22 am - Reply

    The international tape competition lives on!

    I love the way you tell this story, Deborah. Perfect!

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      The school spent an entire week this summer on nothing but creating with tape. I wasn’t able to take photos of all the kids in action but I did get photos of their work. I plan to post more soon:) The competition does live on!!

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