Children Painting with Tape and String

Children painting can reflect their interests in other objects and materials around them. Today we shall make use of tape and string to create modern art inspired by Piet Mondrian.

Modern Art 1: Children Painting with Tape

This activity was done in my son's class and it was inspired by the children's love for tape. The group simply loved using tape, so the teachers decided to direct the children's interest to create art inspired by Piet Mondrian. You can see the wonderful result below.


3 years old and up, takes about 20 minutes and watch out it gets messy!


Develop creativity, fine motor development, Math concepts of size and shape


Small canvas
Tempera paint
Paint brushes
Masking tape


1. Put tape on the canvas.

2. Paint in one of the primary colors.

3. Let it dry.

4. Put the tape in a different location.

5. Paint in another primary color.

Painting with tape on canvas:

Painting with Tape

6. Let it dry.

7. Put the tape in a different location.

8. Paint with the third and final primary color.

9. Let it dry

10. Remove the tapes

Final product with tap removed:

Painting with Tape 2

Modern Art 2: Kids Painting with String

This paint splatter activity helps develop creativity and sensory. Be ware! It gets messy!

By using a string as a painting tool instead of a paint brush, children have more freedom to move their wrists in a circular direction. This is another great fine motor activity.

I recommend that you place the paper on a table and not on an easel.

Inspired by Piet Mondrian:

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