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Sometimes, we play games that make me smile in anticipation. Because I know the kids are going to be amazed and amused.
Craft tape prison game is such a toddler activity.
And it takes almost no preparation. Though, it is fun to imprison the toys without the kids knowing what is going on. But it is almost as good as stick and go.
When I played this the last time, my son happened to be at home and didn’t want to be tricked into leaving the room and playing outside. So he watched, with curiosity, and eventually joined into the jailing activities.
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Craft tape prison toddler activity
I took one of his stuffed animals and laid it on the floor.
Then we found some tape and started taping the fluffy thing to the floor.
We used plenty of tape, because we didn’t want the game to end too quickly. And really, the taping itself became a game in itself.
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After taping the toy tiger to the floor, C sat down to free him from his trap.
I was surprised how proficient he was at this! All of the tape was gone in a couple of minutes.
For a moment I was afraid that this was going to be a very short game, but I needn’t have worried. C wanted to play it again.
We taped the little tiger to the floor a second time. This time we also added a toy firetruck.
C sat down again to free his toys, with gusto!
And, with unrelenting enthusiasm wanted to tape more toys down. This game was a success!
In the end, we ran out of tape.
Or at least, this roll of tape in particular went empty. I didn’t tell him we had more in mommy’s office.
He might have wanted to play this game for a fourth time, but by then mommy wanted to move on to something else
Craft tape prison toddler activity supports:
Fine motor skills!
Items you’ll need to play this toddler activity:
Painters tape or washi tape;
Some toys small enough to be taped down;
How it’s played:
I think it’s more fun when the game is a surprise, but you can tape the toys down with the kids in the room. They can even help!
Pick some toys and tape them to the floor with plenty of tape.
Add some more tape.
Then add some more tape.
Get the kids and tell them an evil witch has imprisoned their toys and they need to free them.