Developing large motor skills by playing on the line in preschool

Tape is such a wonderful thing to keep handy in preschool. In the latest conference I attended, the Ooey Gooey lady said you should keep a roll of painter’s tape on your wrist at all times! I am inclined to agree…

Using some green painter’s tape, I made a large square on the floor so we could practice for our up and coming school musical. The children found other uses for the tape during their free play time as well…

Some of the children decided to roll their balls down the tape line…

Others thought it might be fun to dribble their balls around the square…

Then the children decided to use their feet to push the balls around the square…

We also played some games as a large group…

Like follow the leader and jumping in and out of the square….


For our jumping in and out of the square, I had all the children stand just outside the edges of the square. Then as I sang the following song, the children jumped over the line and into the middle of the square then back out again.  I actually learned this song in church as a little girl but I have changed the words to work for me at preschool. It goes like this…

Jump in

Jump out

And then you turn about!

Jump in

Jump out

And then you turn about!

Stretch your arms up high and reach up to the sky……. Then…..

Jump in

Jump out

And then you turn about!

Now change the word “jump” to “step, crawl, march, hop, and twirl”.


Click the link below to listen to Deborah Sing the Tune…

Jump In Jump Out

By |2011-05-04T08:00:56+00:00May 4th, 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. [email protected] May 4, 2011 at 8:26 am - Reply

    That is a great idea. I like that they came up with their own ways to utilize the line. What a great teacher!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 10, 2011 at 12:20 am - Reply

      Thank you Laura:)

  2. Brenna August 20, 2011 at 10:13 am - Reply

    We had a similar activity during circus week when the students walked on a tightrope tape line:

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2011 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Wonderful Brenna!

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