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    Playdate Idea: Masking Tape Fun

    05.16.2013 / ART + DESIGN, toys & games

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    Bee and I haven’t yet entered the craft stage (we’re still working on getting the spoon in the mouth rather than on the dog), but I’m so looking forward to a bright future of glue sticks and construction paper. Crafting was one of my favorite hobbies as a kid, and although I’m not much of a DIY gal now, I love the idea of reserving a quiet afternoon for creativity and play. Especially if it looks like this…

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    Art director Koji Iyama has been collaborating with Japanese masking tape manufacturer MT in a series of incredible art installations (I shared a few here!), but by far, one of my favorite projects has been his kid-inspired workshops in Tokyo Mid Town.

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    It’s a fairly simple idea, presenting over-sized cardboard houses and animals as blank canvases to be taped upon by sticky fingers far and wide. And in reality, a few cardboard boxes would be just as enjoyable for a quick and easy afternoon craft.

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    The added bonus? Clean-up is easy peasy and masking tape is temporary – good news for parents who have kids that don’t enjoy coloring inside the proverbial lines.

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    It’s always such a treat to see how a kid’s imagination works – the beauty that blooms from a clean slate and a few artistic tools. Wouldn’t this be a fun party idea to entertain your kid’s guests? Or an impromptu rainy day activity to delight the neighbors?

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    Proof that, often times, the simplest ideas can make for the grandest adventures.

    Image Credits: Koji Iyama

    p.s. Road tape for kids and a duct tape train.

    • […] store openings to kids’ workshops, Koji has taped his way through Japan and beyond, infusing surprising shades and textures wherever […]

    • margaux

      so great. i just made “houses” out of colorful masking tape and diapers.com and honest.com boxes for my daughter (via http://www.ambrosiagirl.com/blog/cardboard-houses/). i will have to get some more tape to let her decorate with!

      • OMG you are a genius! i love that!! great job! :)

    • Love this idea of using washi tape. I’m not in to messy crafts (I know I should be cos all kids love it) so this is right up my street.

    • What a fun idea; tape and cardboard are a great mix for kidlets. I so have to make a fort for Forrest, he LOVES crawling under and through things at home. He’s figured out how to get under the rungs of the barstools and sit inside, too – it’s too cute.

      • Ha – Bee does this, too! They’re twins for sure. :)

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