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How One Roll of Car Tape Inspired Hours of Pretend Play

I love how this group of cousins turned a single roll of car tape into hours of pretend play! Definitely something to have on hand for the next rainy day! It’s the perfect activity for kids at birthday parties or family reunions.

I love how this group of cousins turned a single roll of car tape into hours of pretend play! Definitely something to have on hand for the next rainy day!

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When we received a box of car tape in the mail to review, I knew it would be perfect for the next time I needed an engaging activity for the kids! Car tape is safe for use indoors or out – it will peel right off without any trouble. We don’t get much rain in California, so I decided to let the kids try it in the common courtyard we share with our neighbors.

How One Roll of Car Tape Inspired Hours of Pretend Play

Car tape pretend play

I pulled it out on a day when my brother’s two kids – aged 3 and 5 – were visiting. It provided just enough structure to get all six kids playing together! They started off laying the tape into roads and driving matchbox cars through the neighborhood. Soon they pulled out our colored chalk to add neighborhood details.

Car tape - the perfect ice breaker for mixed age pretend play

They build stores, houses, a library, and a hospital, as well as many, many parking spaces.

I love all the play a little car tape inspired! Such a fun thing to have on hand for rough days.

The parking lots were incredibly popular. Maybe because a significant portion of our life revolves around finding a decent parking spot where we live? I am incredibly excited to have a driveway of my very own in a few months…

Pull out car tape for the kids at the next birthday party or family reunion!

This activity kept them busy for much of the afternoon. I was able to cook dinner and get a few other things done while they played together. When it was time to come in, we pulled up the tape. I was impressed that it came up with no trouble, in spite of having many cars, knees, and feet run across it on our concrete courtyard. I have a couple more rolls stored away for our next rainy day (if we get one), or the next time we have cousins or friends at our house!

Do you have a favorite pretend play activity for birthday parties or family reunions? Have you played with car tape before? How did you like it? Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

6 thoughts on “How One Roll of Car Tape Inspired Hours of Pretend Play”

  1. I have not, but I’m thinking it would make a fun present for my nephew, whenever we finally get a birthday party for him…..

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