An Ode to Tape

The feeling of tape against skin is compelling, curious and addictive. Tape wound on fingers, tape over mouth, tape stuck in hair, tape on a t-shirt.  And in the process there will be tape against tape, an ungainly mess. But an interesting ungainly mess.

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Tape can hold anything together

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Tape a straw to a box and voila!

You can drink from it.

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Tape can be control panels for trips to Mars.

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It can hold a house together.

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Tape can be a building tool.

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Tape can be aerial insect pathways.

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Tape can hold everything together. Tape might be the thing needed to keep your life together.

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Tape can be life.

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About Kim

Kim is an admitted ECE geek. She and Danielle have bonded over their shared geekdom and have come to terms with it. She is a pedagogical facilitator working with educators in a number of early learning settings supporting and extending new thinking and practice. She loves reading, writing, talking and sharing ideas about the potentials of teaching and learning with ece's and young children. ECE geeks unite!

4 thoughts on “An Ode to Tape

  1. A child came into our drop-in centre. He asked his mom “where is the food?” I had taken it out of the room and set a blocks, rocks and stones provocation in what had been an area complete with foods, dishes, kitchen set, and dress-up clothing. He immediately told his mom, “I want to go”. They had just arrived. He then walked across a balance beam that another child set out with her mother and said, “that’s easy”. I asked, oh you are looking for a challenge? He came to the cupboard with me to see what was there that could make walking the board more challenging. You guessed it…TAPE, lots of tape. He rolled it out attaching it to many things all about the room…lazer beams. And, he laid a line of tape down on the floor off the end of the balance beam and added lava, tissue paper bombs, and burlap-sack traps. He stayed for a long time. We also taped a table’s surface and found out we could bend and curve this tape as we stuck it down. Another day other children wanted to paint the table that we had left the tape on. The next morning the custodian had left me a note. It said “do not clean the table…I want to see the “final product” of this project”. The boy who had wanted to go home because the “house area” was not there came in a few days later and saw the painted table he had taped a few days back and peeled off the tape, leaving another design of tape art on the table. Tape has been going around and about the room for a couple of weeks now.

  2. This is a terrific story! And I love that the custodian is getting involved! Maybe leave some tape for he/she?! Thanks for sharing this Lynne, would love to see the photos.

  3. Our 10-year old is very caught up in the still-growing trend of crafting decorator duct tape to decorate or even fabricate fashion items. She’s covered shoes, made vests, skirts and more, and used enough different colors and patterns to come up with striking designs. Love to watch those creative wheels turning!

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