That's One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher! 9/17

S.M.A.R.T. teachers are always looking for budget friendly items to make and keep the program fun. It’s the beginning of the school year so dollar stores are brimming with back to school items that do the trick!

Jessica, One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher from Minneapolis, found this road tape at the Target dollar spot. It doesn’t leave sticky residue AND can be used in several S.M.A.R.T. ways!

Jessica uses the road tape with two S.M.A.R.T. activities. Driver’s Ed works on developing smooth eye movements and eye-hand coordination skills. When children are encouraged to drive a vehicle within the road boundaries, their eyes are tracking the smooth movement of the car. Adding road tape to wooden blocks allows for some creative road mapping by the child! This little guy was completely captivated with his cars and road blocks!

With road tape on wooden blocks, she created an instant Balance Beam. A big challenge with the Balance Beam is getting children to move slowly with a heel-to-toe walk. The road tape acts as a guide for the “cars”, their feet, to slowly maneuver along the track without falling off. Children can set up the blocks to be straight or add a turn here and there for an added challenge. Older children can try it backwards!


For carpeted surfaces, adding Velcro to the wooden blocks helps secure them to the floor. Wooden blocks can be awfully slippery when placed on hard flooring, moving around and causing a bit of a safety issue. We love using the non-adhesive grip shelf liner found at Walmart or Target or you can even try your favorite dollar store for this item.

References: 

S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE guide page 70
S.M.A.R.T.Curriculum Guide page 211
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE guide page 40
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide page 51