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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    taz8430

    2 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430

    2 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430

    2 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430

    2 years ago

    cool beans



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    taz8430

    2 years ago

    cool beans

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    gogreen67

    7 years ago on Step 5

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

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    baba87

    7 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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    Kitemanbaba87

    Reply 7 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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    imatoymakerKiteman

    Reply 7 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

    7 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

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Vyger

    7 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

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

    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).