Family Road Trips: Build a Masking Tape Wall to Prevent Backseat Boredom

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Are we there yet? The problem with the backseat is that it's just so boring back there, and you can only play so many games of "I Spy" before somebody gets antsy. After that, well, all sorts of shenanigans happen.

This little project has all the hallmarks of a fabulous kid project. It lets them make a bit of a mess, gets them working toward a common goal, and cleans up easy-peasy.

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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:
*  two or more bored kids in the backseat
* one roll of masking tape for each kid

Step 2: Create a dividing line

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Start by using one or two strips of tape to mark off a line down the middle of the backseat.

Step 3: Add tape strips at different levels

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Place additional tape strips horizonally to start to build the wall.

Step 4: Create a lattice

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Before you know it, the wall will take shape. Have the kids continue to add strips for as long as they want, making the wall as solid as they like.

Step 5: Tear it down and clean up

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Part of the fun is tearing down the wall when you get to your destination. Roll the tape into a ball when you're finished. No muss, no fuss.
gogreen673 years ago
I love the idea! But, how do you keep them from "taping up" each other?
WeJustGotBack (author)  gogreen673 years ago
Heh. Taping up each other is half the fun!
ca5taneda3 years ago
Very creative idea. This might even work with my teenagers, I will have to try it on my next road trip.

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