Making tape turkeys in preschool

This is a little activity we did at the end of our day. Using tape is a great way to work on fine motor skills and coordination…

It takes quite a bit of skill to keep the tape from getting stuck together while cutting, tearing, or pulling it off the roll…

The children have learned through trial and error that the longer the piece of tape they pull off, the harder it is to control that piece of tape…

When I set out the tape, I also set out scissors but I let the children choose how they want to get the tape off of the roll. It isn’t unusual for a few pieces (or more) of tape to get tossed aside because it got all twisted up…

But after a few tries, the children start to figure out what will work and they get better and better at handling and cutting the tape on their own…

As an interesting side note, this little guy pointed out to me that some of his tape pieces were sticking out above the edge of the paper. When I asked him if he would like to fold it over or trim it up, he said “No, I think I like it that way!”  You just never know what will be interesting to a young child…

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By |2011-11-22T06:00:12+00:00November 22nd, 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. Susan Case November 22, 2011 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I love this idea. A teacher tweeted recently, “I think I could keep my class busy all day with tape.” They probably haven’t used it at home. See what you moms are missing?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      I agree – my class loves tape and will sit and mess with it any time I set it out!

  2. Jeanie Siegel November 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    This idea works well with any age preschooler. I have some thin shiny cellophane tape that I will be using with my three’s at Christmas. What type of tape did you use with this exploration? Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      This is just colored masking tape!

  3. Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan November 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I’ve gone in to buy colored tape more than once and I just can’t get past the price tag. This project is so cute, I think I just might have to call it a “business expense” and go for it!!!

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