Sweet Pea is 4 years old.
From: This is a variation on the traditional Montessori “Walking on the Line” activity.
- A roll of masking tape.
- Tape a very long piece of masking tape to the floor.
- Place several other long pieces of masking tape on the floor that cross with the first piece. Add more strips of tape that intersect each other so you have a sort of tape maze on your floor.
- Invite your tot to walk along the tape lines.
Observations: Sweet Pea begs to walk along the lines on a parking lot, on curbs, medians, fountain ledges and any other “balance beams” that she sees. I was not surprised that she loved this activity.
Sweet Pea liked walking the line just for the fun of it, but you could place a treat at the end of one of the lines or add an extra element of role playing by suggesting that your tot pretend she is a tight rope walker or crossing a rope bridge, etc. We even invented our own game with the tape maze which I will describe in my next post.
This is a nice physical activity that helps with coordination and balance. I have never seen a tot who didn’t enjoy trying to walk precisely along a line. This activity is very quick to set up and is highly recommended.
Notes from the Trenches: The masking tape easily pulled off our carpet when we were done, but you might want to test a small piece of tape on your own type of flooring.
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)