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Tape Maze

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This is a variation on the traditional Montessori “Walking on the Line” activity.

Material:

  • A roll of masking tape.

Procedure:

  • 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)

 

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3 comments to Tape Maze

  • Love it! Right now I am thinking about doing this one with my toddler but incorporating letters at the end of each line so she could practice her sounds. Also, I love tape…we just did a hop scotch inside the house with some duct tape for those rainy days!!! I love your blog and left you an award on mine here: http://pinkyslearningworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/award.html
    Take care, Maria

  • Elizabeth

    Tried this with my 3 year old today and she loved it! I put out mini bell peppers and a couple of raisins at the end of some of the lines and then she worked her way through from treat to treat. We did this four times and now she’s setting out treats for herself in the maze as I type this. Love your blog!

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