String + Tape: Invitation to Create
Simple, open ended art invitations are my favorite creative activities for young children. They foster creativity and flexible thinking, while sneaking in some fine motor development. During snack time or playtime we often have a creative invitation on our art table (which doubles as our kitchen table). In their infant and toddler years we explored paper, light + black/white, and new materials such as oil pastels. Like these art activities, our string and tape invitation was simple, open ended and fascinating to my twins.
Our string and tape invite started with some books. Before I laid out the invitation, we shared a couple of books about yarn and string to get the wheels spinning and introduce some vocabulary words.
This post was originally shared in June 2014 as part of the Tinkerlab Creative Challenge.
Beautiful creative book about a little girl who discovers a magical box of yarn. She weaves sweaters for everyone and everything in her town. News spreads and people come to see this little girl. One day someone steals the box of yarn.
This is a sweet and simple book about three friends that approach the world in very unique ways. Not specifically about yarn or string, but there is a wordless story about yarn you can follow through the illustrations.
Another book not specifically about yarn, but it is intertwined into the plot of this silly book. Someone slams the door and wakes the cat, this sets off a string of ridiculous incidents throughout the house and farm.
Lay out paper and materials. We used a large piece of poster paper to encourage collaboration with this project. Invitations like this can either be individual or collaborative. Depending on my goals, I set up the materials differently to encourage individual work or collaboration. In this case, I offered one large bowl of string, rolls of tape, and a scissors to share.
As with most invitations to create, this was set up at the art table. They can choose to engage with the materials or not. In this case, they went right over after snack. They are huge tape fans.
If they seem interested, I usually sit nearby. Sometimes I doodle along with them. Sometimes I sip tea. I am there as support in case they have questions or need help. In this case, I anticipated needing to negotiate sharing of materials.
Our twins have gotten pretty good at sharing with years of daily practice, but when we did this activity they were just three and still frequently needed support. When they start to get frustrated, we work on calming down and using words to communicate their needs. I support them by being near to help them stay calm and giving them phrases such as, "Can I use the scissors next?" or "I want a turn with that."
The activity itself is simple. String and tape are used to make a picture. There is no right or wrong way to use the materials. I taped one string of tape across the paper to get them started. From there, they chose how to use the materials. Lots of taping and cutting happened.
For younger toddlers, try leaving pre-cut tape along the edge of a box or the side of the table so they can still create independently.
We hung up their picture together on our art wall. Then they helped me pick up the rest of the string and random pieces of tape.
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