Tape Resist Painting and Magnet Sensory Box

Kids LOVE tape and paint, needless to say the Tape Resist project was a huge hit. The finished product is also very cool (keep scrolling for photos). The process is three steps. I don’t always make a show an example but for this project I thought it would be helpful for both students and adults to understand the three step process.
Here are my examples (sorry this photo kinda came out green):

First you put down the tape. I encouraged kids and parents to use different lengths of tape, play with pattern, or even create a picture.

Some children, especially younger ones, will place the tape at random, while some will be very intentional and specific about the size and placement of their pieces.

After students are satisfied with their tape, the painting begins.

With paint often comes glitter.

The last step involves taking off the tape. I had students leave their work at the studio to dry so we could peel the tape at the start of class on week 2. I think you risk tearing the paper and also have less clean edges on the tape line if you remove the tape while the paint is wet.

The white lines not only look great against the color, textures, and glitter that the students create, but they are a great introduction to “negative space” .

The weather  forecast was once again a week full of rain so I decided to put together a magnet sensory activity. I had purchased two fun looking items from Discount School Supply just because they looked interesting and boy were they a hit! The Magnet Wands and Magnet Chips were better than I expected. The wands were very powerful in fact.
I filled my sensory tub with rice and scattered tons of small treasures both metal and non metal.
My metal list included: jar tops, washers, magnet chips, “S” hooks, eye bolts, and a lock.
My non-metal list included: pouch tops, corks, plastic buttons, glass rocks, plastic game pieces, and plastic gems. I wanted to put in some drift wood but I never got around to it. Maybe next time. 🙂

Not only are the magnets cool, but the rices is a wonderfully soft sensory experience and the treasures were colorful and enticing for little hands

The box proved to be a great place for toddler harmony. We practiced sorting and sharing along with our discovery of magnetism.


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