Drawing all Over the Rugs

When my sister and I were young kids, the dining room of our house was our play area/art studio. The entire dining room. There was no dining table in it, and get this – we could draw all over the walls. And boy, did we; Harold and his purple crayon looked like amateur hour compared to the masterpieces we created.

I completely love that my mom let us do this, and my adult mind looks back and imagines all of the wonderful things we learned: unbridled creativity, big-art-making, open-ended experimentation.

This is the kind of creativity that is so important for kids. Creativity in the every day. Little acts of art-making that seep into their lives and contribute to molding those creative brains.

With that in mind, and what with all the cold weather we’ve been having in the Midwest, I broke out some masking tape and let the kids have at it. I gave them each a roll and they made whatever they wanted. Beckett needed me to pre-rip a bunch of pieces of tape for him, and Fen struggled with her tape because it was a yuck brand*, so I was a tape-ripping machine while they “drew”.

Drawing with masking tape •

This came a week after I made a masking tape hopscotch board on the rug for them, which they thoroughly enjoyed for a few days (it doubled as a house for Beckett’s superheroes).

masking tape hop scotch •

Anyway, I’ve always loved masking tape, but I’m beginning to think it’s in my top favorite art supplies for kids…. but! Not all brands are created equal.

* We were using 2 different brands of masking tape. I’ve never given much thought to masking tape quality before, but it makes a big difference! The Duck brand of tape was the pits- it was hard to rip off the roll, and it curled back on itself like crazy, both of which make for crabby kids and an annoyed mom.

The Scotch brand of masking tape was the veritable bomb, and that’s the one I shall continue to buy. Just call me a masking tape aficionado.  

compare masking tapes

What do you think?

Jeanette Nyberg

Written by Jeanette Nyberg

I'm Jeanette Nyberg: artist, author, introvert, creativity-pusher, color-lover.


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  1. Your Mom definitely knew how to raise creative kids! How interesting about 2 types of masking tape – I certainly prefer Scotch myself. This playing with tape looks really like a lot of fun.

    • Yes, it’s weird about the masking tape. I guess I always half-noticed that different masking tapes worked differently, but finally paid attention to which brand was better. I suppose it’s like any material!

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