Want to learn how to make your homeschool classes tons of fun, using tape? Homeschool doesn’t have to mean just doing homework sheets and clicking away on the computer. Get creative with tape to have some educational fun!
Of course, art class is the perfect time to get creative. Tape can help you make so many different arts & crafts projects!
Here are just some ideas:
- Use masking tape to make a colorful “mosaic” with chalk or paint, like we did here (link)
- Grab some canvases and paint, and use tape to mask out lines and shapes that you want to keep blank. Paint all over your canvas, peel back the tape, and voilà!
- Help your kids “redecorate” their furniture using tape! You can temporarily add bold new colors, patterns, and pictures without permanently damaging the furniture underneath
For more ideas, just check out the Crafter’s Corner section of our blog! We’ve got tons of craft ideas!
That’s right… tape can even make math class fun!
Try these math activities:
- Learn how to measure angles by taping overlapping lines on a table, creating all kinds of triangles and other geometric shapes.
- Tape down a giant coordinate graph on the floor, and mark off each row and column with letters and numbers. Put objects down on random points, and have your children map the coordinates
- Grab your spare change and tape down a four-square box on your table or floor, and have your kids sort the different types of coins into each box
You can find many more ideas for making math class fun with tape on our Pinterest board here!
Language Arts Class
You can use tape as a tool to help kids practice writing and reading, too!
- Write different words from a sentence on a piece of tape (one word per piece of tape), scramble the sentence order, and have your child reorganize it into the correct sentence order
- You can have kids labels the words they see in the world (magazines, on toys, boxes) by noun, verb and adjective using small pieces of tape
DIY your own indoor gym quickly and easily with tape! Physical activity is especially important for kids stuck indoors.
Try these ideas:
- Combine math and exercise with a “frog jumping” activity! Mark a starting point off with tape, have your kids leap as far as they can, then mark where they land with tape. Using measuring tape to have kids measure how far they leaped
- Create an obstacle course with tape on your floors and walls! Make lines for children to “balance” walk on, lines to jump over, and even make tape barriers by taping from one wall the another for kids to duck or jump under
Help your kids make their own band by DIYing their own instruments. Use colorful tape to make their instruments look really unique!
- Create a drum using some empty cans and taping across the top. Use chopsticks as drumsticks!
- Make a pan flute by taping a bunch of cut-down straws together
- If you’ve got a piano at home, use tape to label the keys so children can memorize notes
- DIY your own maracas by filling toilet paper tubes with rice or beans, then taping them shut!
For more great ideas, check out our Educational Tape Activities board on Pinterest!
What Tape Should I Use in my Homeschool Classroom?
This is a great question. Not all tapes are created equal! You want to use a tape that sticks down easily on a variety of surfaces, including hardwood floors and carpets.
The tape should also be gentle on surfaces and removes cleanly without damaging walls, furniture, etc. And you want these tapes to come in a wide range of colors that are fun and exciting for children.
These are the tapes we recommend you use in your homeschool classroom:
- Pro® 46 Colored Masking Tape: available in 12 colors, and it’s great for all of the projects we mentioned in this blog!
- Pro® Gaff Tape: available in 20 colors, and also a great choice for any project
- Pro® Scenic 714 Blue Masking Tape: for indoor and outdoor painting projects
- Pro® Pocket Spike Stacks: these small, fluorescent rolls are perfect for all kinds of quick labeling
What are some ways YOU use tape in your homeschool classroom?
Show us on social media and tag us @protapes so we can share your great ideas with the community!