Materials: Paper, colored tape
G has been enjoying her tape so much (and so often!), but she was willing to share it. So on a recent snow day I asked the boys if they’d like to do some tape drawings.
“How can you draw with tape?” they asked when I mentioned the idea. “The tape is the line,” I told them, “instead of a crayon or a marker… you use the tape.” N wanted to know how to make a circle with tape, because it’s straight, so I sketched a curve made up of short straight lines. “Ohhhhh….”
I threw out some ideas. “You could draw a landscape or an animal or a building or a scene in outer space or an ocean scene…” For close to an hour and a half they worked. At the beginning, my oldest went to get a pencil and began sketching out shapes. “No,” I said, “put that pencil away.” (He looked affronted.) I explained that the tape was the line, that we weren’t using it to fill in a drawing, we were using it to make [eta: and then fill in!] the drawing. And at the end, I complimented him on the way he stepped out of his comfort zone and got used to a new material. Drawing with tape presents some different challenges, and we had to accept that it wasn’t going to look just like a line drawing, because it’s not.
My oldest received a DVD set of Looney Tunes cartoons for Christmas, and the boys recently saw Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century. A little bit of obsession with Planet X has ensued, and both boys asked for black paper so they could create outer space scenes.
At some point they requested clear tape, too, which accounts for the shiny bits.
An hour and a half. Interested, engaged, involved, and creating.
And yes, I tried this activity too.
I think I am tired of snow…