Preschool large motor fun with tape shapes

Wy and I had a busy new year’s night trying all kinds of fun art activities but it was also nice just to do something geared more towards using our large motor skills…

I started us off by making some shapes with yellow painter’s tape on the floor. Painter’s tape is always better than masking tape because it can be removed easily without leaving a sticky residue but it holds up well too for playing. As I made each shape, Wy watched and I said the name of the shape out loud and Wy, as he always does, repeated my words out loud too!

Then Wy began walking from shape to shape. It must have just seemed like the natural thing to do:)

As he moved from shape to shape, he made sure both feet were completely inside the shapes and I called out the name of each shape as he moved along…

After a few times back and forth across the shapes, Wy decided to try something new. He began placing balls inside each shape. So I used the words “inside” and “outside” as he went along.

Oh, and we had balls scattered all over the place from some earlier play…

The thing about Wy is that he is always very meticulous about what he does. I believe Wy’s “neatness” or desire to keep things in rows and or lines is an innate personality trait – not something he has been taught to do…

But once he had all the balls set where he wanted in each shape, Wy proceeded to kick them all out of each shape and they went rolling all over the room again 🙂

So we took our ball bucket and went around gathering up all the balls…

Then we pulled up all the tape from the floor – and Wy threw the tape in the trash. Wy loves to throw away the trash!

And we called it a night!

I am linking this post to The Play Academy!

By |2011-01-03T18:00:07+00:00January 3rd, 2011|

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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. Scott January 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Fun! Looks like a great way to explore some math concepts – and have a great time kicking balls, too.

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, that was something he thought of all by himself:)

  2. jess January 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    LOVE this!! I am totally doing this!! Thanks as always!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Have fun!

  3. maryanne January 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Great idea! I’m looking for indoor ideas just like this one right now!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      We had a good time – we left it pretty wide open for all kinds of play:)

  4. cathy@nurturestore January 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    It’s great to have some indoor action ideas at this time of year and some physical maths too. Thanks for sharing with the Play Academy.

  5. Rasa January 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    hi great idea! I’m new to the site how old is Wy? my son just turned 20 months!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 8, 2011 at 1:39 am - Reply

      Hi Rasa,
      Wy is 26 months:) Welcome!

  6. Tracey Black March 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Great idea! Just found your blog. Can’t wait to explore more.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 22, 2011 at 6:20 am - Reply

      So glad you stopped by Tracey!

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