Five fun ways to teach with tape

Since I shared with you how my students enjoy the exploration of tape in our classroom, I thought I would share with you how I like to use tape in the classroom. For me, tape is a valuable resource so I keep lots of tape on hand for teaching and for promoting play…

Five Fun Ways to Teach with Tape by Teach Preschool

1. On the light table 

I like to use tape on the light table as a way to promote a little different kind of creativity and play and to extend whatever unit we may be talking about. In the photo below, we had read the book The Foolish Tortoise (World of Eric Carle) by Richard Buckley and spent the day exploring turtles

Tape on the Light Table by Teach Preschool

2. On the floor

Creating tape lines on the floor is a simple way to promote balance, jumping, walking and other types of large motor play. For the photo below, we had read the book, The Line Up Book by Marisabina Russo and extended our discussion with all kinds of lines on the floor: straight, curvy, zigzag…

Tape lines on the floor by Teach Preschool

3. On the flannel board

One of my favorite uses of a flannel board is to turn it into a graph by adding a tape lines on the board. This lets me use all those felt pieces in a new way.. In the photo below, we were sorting and graphing feathers by color…

Taped graphs on a flannel board by Teach Preschool

4. On the magnet board

My DIY Magnet board comes in handy for all kinds of play and it serves as a great game table that I can quickly set up anywhere in the classroom and move out of the way as needed. For the photo below, we used the magnetic board for a pompom game…

Tape on the magnetic Board by Teach Preschool

5. On the art table

When our art table isn’t in use with a creative experience, I like to convert our art table into different types of games as well. In the photo below, we are using our art table to invite block sorting by shape and color...

Tape on the Art Table by Teach Preschool

These are just a few ways I like to use tape in the classroom to promote different types of learning opportunities. I am sure you like to use tape in other ways. Leave a comment and share your thoughts. I would love to expand on my use of tape in the classroom!

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By |2013-06-01T06:00:59+00:00June 1st, 2013|

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. Malke June 1, 2013 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Yep, tape is great, that’s for sure. I’ve use colored floor tape (the kind PE teachers use) to create those kind of pathways across a large room; kids get dance down it with a locomotor movement of their choice. Also fun to put different kinds of lines down a hallway for transit time. 🙂

    Mind if I share this post on the Tape Chronicles project too?

  2. D'Aun June 1, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Can you tell me where you get your colored tape and the great tape holder?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 1, 2013 at 11:49 am - Reply

      The tape holder is actually a paper dispenser. But they do make wooden tape dispensers that are very similar. Just do a search on Amazon for wooden tape dispenser or paper dispenser. Ours was given to us!

  3. @MsTMathias June 1, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Great ideas! Can you explain more about the pompom game? Are the pom pom’s magnetic?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 1, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Hi, no we were doing a unit on wind and the children are blowing through a straw to make the pompoms go down the path:)

  4. Barbaral June 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah ,
    We will be celebrating graduation day at our preschool this week and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wonderful blog….Can’t tell you how many of your great ideas we used this year. I will miss our wonderful class but am also looking forward to summer ,starting with the wedding of our eldest son!! Happy Summer!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

      Congratulations to your son! What a precious time of life with so many new things to come. Thank you for your sweet message Barbaral and enjoy your summer!!

      • Amanda Mason June 3, 2013 at 2:18 am

        We are celebrating our last week this week as well. We have used so many of your ideas, and the children absolutely love them! Thank you so much for everything. I will definitely be buying your book!

  5. Randi June 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I wonder what the excitement is about tape? Even my middleschooler loves it.

  6. Becki November 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    They love tape! I buy foam trays from the dollar store (they look like meat trays ) and they go wild taping them and making shields. I also put out card stock and just let them create. It can be hard to find more than just painters tape, the blue and green kind. United Art had a good selection, and occasionally Walmart has Scotch brand.

  7. Frances Thompson May 7, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I use tape to make shapes and we put stones on the tape. I also use tape on a coffee table for cars to ride on or in. I use tape when a child needs to calm down, by making a design and they pull it off, ask questions about what it looks like and we make a tape ball. I use colored duck tape to show where each area is like kitchen, library, block building, ect.

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