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

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Introduction: 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


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


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



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

Step 4: Create a Lattice


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



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.

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    26 Discussions

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    taz8430
    taz8430

    4 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430
    taz8430

    4 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430
    taz8430

    4 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430
    taz8430

    4 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430
    taz8430

    4 years ago

    cool beans

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    Minecarft1guy
    Minecarft1guy

    6 years ago

    Did anyone else see the photoshop or am I crazy

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    gogreen67
    gogreen67

    9 years ago on Step 5

    I love the idea! But, how do you keep them from "taping up" each other?

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    WeJustGotBack
    WeJustGotBack

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    Heh. Taping up each other is half the fun!

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    baba87
    baba87

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks I was a bit worried about having road trip with kids. Im not a mom yet but I plan on being one very soon after I get married in July 2012. My fiance will like this idea. :) Thanks!!!

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Don't worry, by the time your kids are old enough to squabble in the back of the car, nobody will be able to afford the fuel to run cars at all...

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    imatoymaker
    imatoymaker

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    By then they might have finally come up with a usable Mr Fusion.....and flying cars ;-)

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    ca5taneda
    ca5taneda

    9 years ago on Step 5

    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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    ve2vfd
    ve2vfd

    9 years ago on Introduction

    What a great idea! Simple, cheap, keeps the kids busy... what more could one want?

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    Vyger
    Vyger

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I used to make them sit on their hands. Four hundred miles of that cured the problem. Then all you have to do is threaten and you get fast compliance.

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    bigmark
    bigmark

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Love the photo shop backgrounds....lol
    too bad i have 3 kids & car.....

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    darknessfalls

    the barrier does not look very sturdy, looks like it would unstick after about 15 minutes...

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    WeJustGotBack
    WeJustGotBack

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    This wall didn't become unstuck on its own; it had to be torn down. If you use a few diagonal supports and many horizontal strips, the wall can stay up for as long as you want it to (barring too much sibling roughness, naturally).