Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tape in the Classroom

Do you remember when TAPE consisted of cream colored masking tape,
silver "duck/duct" tape, or clear "Scotch" tape?
Dating myself?? I'm sure I am, but let's face it!
Tape has come a long way, baby!



No longer are cream, silver, and clear our only choices.
Today, you can find tape in any color and pretty much any pattern or size!
It's not just used for adhering things anymore, either!

Here are a few ways I use tape in my classroom.

1) Arts and Crafts-
This one is a given! Tape is an arts and crafts tool!




2) DIY Bulletin Boards-
Tape provides a great border for bulletin boards, especially duck tape.
The tape is strong enough to hold butcher paper to the wall
and also provides the straight line needed for the border.

 I thought I had a better pic than this. Evidently, I did not...


3) Board Dividers-
Tape works great to separate sections of your markerboard.
Make sure you use removable tape for this task.

 These cute numbers and headers are from Cupcake!


4) Booklet Borders-
This is probably my favorite way to use tape in the classroom.
Not only does tape fancy up a booklet, it also covers the staples
so precious little fingers don't get sliced.


Here are a few booklets I have ready for August.
DeAnna's Monster Mess Color Booklet


Our Back to School Journals

Sheree's Nifty Number Booklets
You get the idea!


5) Highlighting-
We do love some highlighter tape.

We use on charts, in big books, and in small books.
You can read all about that here.



6) More Tape Decor-
Take a look at a few more ways to use tape in the classroom.

 These washi covered clothespins are from Rachel at SubHub.


Washi covered pencils from Beckie at Punk Projects.


 Washi covered handprint from Apartment Therapy.


However you choose to use tape in your classroom, have fun!!

IF you are a tape fan, I'd love to know how you use tape in your classroom!

Happy Week!!
Laura

16 comments:

  1. I used Zebra striped Duct Tape to cover the drawers on my 3 drawer Sterilite Organizers. It hides all the messy stuff in the drawers.
    Ruthanne

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    1. What a fun idea! I have some drawers I need to cover! I love some zebra print, too!! Hop you are having a great summer!
      Laura

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  2. Wow! Lots of great ideas for using tape. I especially like the way you used on the edge of books/journals. Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas!!
    Connie Anderson
    Welcome To First Grade Room 5

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    1. Hi, Connie! Thanks so much! Kiddos can find their booklets easier with taped edges, too! I'm glad you stopped by!
      Laura

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  3. Tape really has come a long way! What cute things you do with it. I'm very confused about this washi tape...what is it exactly? Is it like the colored duct tape? Thanks!

    -Amanda @
    Teacher at the Wheel

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    1. Hi, Amanda! Washi tape is more like painter's tape. It's made from rice and is removable and reusable! I'm slightly addicted! You can even find it at Walmart and Target now! Go get some!! You will love it!
      Laura

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  4. I honestly didn't know there were that many cool uses for tape!
    Thanks.

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    1. Barb, and I'm always looking for new ways to use it...I'm not sure what that says about me! Ha! Have a great week!
      Laura

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  5. Hi! I'm stopping by from Monday Made It! I use tape to flag my pencils. I saw the idea somewhere, but it really has made a huge difference in making sure my pencils make it back to my cup. I also use them on the edges of books and journals. I have three blocks and they all have the same book. The bold tape makes it a little easier to put books back in their home. I like your suggestion about using it to divide a board. I have a large board that will need a few different sections, and tape would be a great alternative to border. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Love, love love the pencil idea! How is it that pencils never seem to find their way home?? I'm going to try that, Courtney! Thank you so much!! Happy Summer!
      Laura

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  6. Thanks for all the awesome ideas. I love your blog and am you newest follower. I would love for you to check out my blog if you get a chance. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read more post.

    Jamie
    teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Jamie! Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such sweet comments! I'd love to visit! Have a great summer!
      Laura

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  7. Have to admit, I googled "What is washi tape?" I've seen in all over teacher blogs, but never really knew what is was or where to get it. I love it on the clothes pins. Can't wait to do that. Thanks for sharing your good ideas!
    Catherine
    First Grade Top Dogs

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    1. Hi, Catherine!I had to google washi when I first heard about it, too! Ha! What did we before Google?? Ha! I'm glad you liked the ideas and would love to hear if you try some! Have a great summer!
      Laura

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  8. Laura, you have convinced me to go buy more tape! I love looking at all the new types out there, but couldn't justify the investment without a project in mind. I used tape as one of my bulletin board borders at the end of last year to hold up a dry erase map. I think I will continue to try this with the rest of my bulletin boards this year.
    And now with what I don't use, I can put away for booklet borders!
    Thanks for getting me started!

    www.cupsfullofhope.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Hope! Tape is wonderful, isn't is?? I really think tape could be a hobby! I love the border idea! I'd love to see pics! I'm so glad you came by!
      Laura

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