Masking tape city

I bought some masking tape with a crafty painting project in mind, but over this weekend Pebble has still been quite flat, and painting seemed all too hard. Instead I set up a simple road in the middle of the lounge room and waited to see how Pebble would like to play.

“Let’s build a city!” she said. So we did.

Masking Tape City

First Pebble wanted a park at the end of the road, so we set up the little Ferris wheel and roller coaster that I picked up with a bag of other toys from the op shop ($5!). With the park set up it was time to get some buildings organised. Pebble directed me to build with the stacking blocks while she set up the building blocks. Then she got out the cars, the train track and a blue blanket for a swimming pool.


While I had imagined lengthy, intricate play scenarios with this fabulous city, instead Pebble felt that it obviously needed a cubby. Sure, why not?! Then she preferred to look at her city from her cosy cubby, rather than play with it, and of course it couldn’t be touched for the rest of the day. My goodness, no!


At bed time I explained that we’d need to pack it away, but that we could build a new city again in the morning. She gave it some thought and decided that might be a good idea. Perhaps she’ll be a city planner one day. I know she’ll definitely be a good negotiator (or perhaps dictator?).

How have you played today?

18 Replies to “Masking tape city”

  1. Love it! How great is this blog medium for sharing wonderful, creative and clever ideas. I so wish I had been reading blogs when my children were younger and at home more of the time as I was not great at coming up with fun games. However, we’re off school today and it’s pouring outside… who knows what could happen??!!
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    1. I get all my best ideas from blog land :) I wish I had all these resources when I was studying early childhood education, it would have made planning for my placements a breeze. Then again I do go down the rabbit hole a bit online and lose hours of time to click after click. Whoops!

  2. Fantastic, masking tape will be on my shopping list.
    I do struggle though with the packing away or leaving out for the next day’s play. Sometimes my tidy gene wins out and sometimes the kid’s play gene wins out.
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    1. It’s a constant battle here too. If it’s in the middle of the floor it gets packed away, but most surfaces and corners are stacked with toddler creations :)

  3. So many things you can do with masking tape! Very creative indeed. It’s a rainy day here so mu husband has taken the kids out to see The Lorax but maybe when they get home, I’ll pull out an old roll of tape! I think the tree painting idea is a good one to start with. :)

  4. Such a simple and creative idea! Thanks for sharing it. It has been a very rainy day here so we will be getting out the masking tape and trying this activity out this afternoon.

  5. Hey Kylie,
    I love that she wanted to admire her city from the comfort of her cubby house. That is so cool. It sounds like something my three year old Angus would do too. Only the city probably wouldn’t last one minute before his two younger brothers messed it up!
    Ronnie xo
    p.s. That road seriously looks awesome. I will have to borrow this idea of yours in the not-too-distant future, especially with all the rain we’re getting these days.
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    1. She’s cool like that :) Poor Angus, having to share his creations – I bet he loves playing with his big brothers though. Have fun making your own masking tape city.

  6. Great ideas here! I found you on Pinterest but have you bookmarked now!
    I was wondering if you have any issues with the tape messing up the hardwood? I’ve used painters tape on the carpet with no issues but haven’t been brave enough to try it on the wood! Just wondered if one type might be better than another?
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    1. Hi Sherry, so glad you found me :) I haven’t tried the tape on hard wood yet, only on the carpet. I left the tape on the carpet for about a week, and definitely wouldn’t want to leave it longer than that, as it really started to get trodden in. I imagine the same might happen with hard wood, it might get more difficult to remove the longer that it stays there? I don’t think it would cause any damage though?

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