Tape resist crafts are such a fun way to make art with kids! You only need a few supplies, no one has to have special artistic talent, and they can be awesome projects for several kids to work on together!
Since my kids are super into Thomas the Train right now, I thought they’d enjoy making a simple train tape resist craft and they definitely did! It taught them a lot about making art, working together, and creating freely.
Simple Train Tape Resist Craft
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To get started, I drew a very, very simple outline of a train in pencil on a piece of posterboard. And by simple, I mean literally put together with shapes. I used a ruler to draw a triangle for the funnel, rectangles for the body and windows, another triangle for the buffer, and circles for the wheels.
Then Jay laid masking tape on the outline to protect it from the artistic endeavors to come. We left the wheels uncovered, because it is nearly impossible to shape masking tape into a circle.
Time to break out the oil pastels…And let the kids loose!
They were a little reluctant to color freely at first. They kept coloring the way you do in coloring books. We kept reminding them that this was a free art exercise where they could color where they wanted and how they wanted. They even got to color over each other’s work.
Halfway through, Roo looked at me and said “I like arting.” *Fist pump*
Here’s the finished poster with the tape still attached.
We peeled off the tape and ta-da! A modern art-inspired wall art piece for the boys’ room that they made themselves!
Isn’t it colorful? We didn’t intend to draw it, but the black smudge in the second window kind of looks like a bear that hitched a ride. 🙂
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