Christmas celebrations are in full swing over here. The Christmas trees are up and decorated, the lights hung, and Santas’ and Snowmen are displayed as far as the eye can see. So it’s only fitting we break out the green painter’s tape.
As you may know, we have a love of painter’s tape in this house. I have written about 7 ways to learn numbers with painters tape, we have done some mazes to learn letters, too many art activities to list, and you have likely seen painters tape on our floor in various posts that are not actually about that painters tape. Because there is always painters tape on our floor. Because it is AMAZING.
Actually, a friend of mine loves painter’s tape even more than I do. I sent her a picture of this activity and told her it really should be going on her site – Hands on as we Grow – since she is the true Painter’s Tape Queen. She kindly replied there was no need, as she was planning almost the exact same activity with her little ones. Oh great minds .. great sticky minds …
This is a special Christmas Edition painters tape post – prefect for adding a little Christmas fun to any day!
I started by quickly making 2 Christmas tree shapes out of painters tape on the floor.
Two? Yes, the boys are in THAT phase.
Quickly? The boys are also in that phase.
Once the Christmas tree shapes were on the ground we made some ornaments. We cut some red and green circles out of construction paper so we could do some patterning on our tree.
Then I cut some popcorn-like shapes (which Sammy thought were teeth) out of white construction paper. I added the numbers 1-20 on them, so Sam could practice ordering his numbers while “stringing a popcorn garland”.
I placed painters tape, sticky side up, across the Christmas tree – I wanted it to sort of look like garland. It worked best to place only one piece of tape on at a time, otherwise feet and bodies would get caught on the other sticky pieces.
Sam started with his popcorn garland, and added his numbered popcorn to his tree. When he finished the first strand of tape, I would add another underneath.
When he finished his numbers he did some patterning. Once he had used all his ornaments, he went to make more, and I would continue to add tape whenever he asked me to. Boy did that tree get full!
Benjamin, at 2 years old, was not really into this activity. He kept getting caught in the tape. I tried adding tape to his ornaments individually and letting him stick them on his tree shape, but he wasn’t really into it.
So I ended up creating a road through his Christmas tree – and that was a big hit. Of course it was — painters tape is AMAZING.
Almost as amazing as contact paper … but that is for another day