Thinking with Tape 

Early childhood educators and children, in collaboration with Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Narda Nelson, and Nicole Land, participated in an inquiry-based project into the politics and possibilities of working with tape as a productive, creative, and contested material in early childhood education. Working with various forms of tape, we attempted to foreground the purposefulness of tape encounters, working to intentionally think what tape pedagogies might create in our space. While creating bridges, stretching tape across the room, and tacking tape drawings throughout the space, we confronted the waste created by tape and began to ask questions of how and when tape becomes political. Questions of how we might consider the ecological implications of working with non-natural materials, taken alongside the creative potential these materials, allowed us to begin to trace how tape pedagogies might be accountable to our common worlds.

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