Tape Tip 1: PREP TAPE FIRST. THEN BUILD. Teach your students to cut/rip tape ahead of time. This skill will save you and them a lot of frustration along the way. The building process will go so much smoother if they have some pieces of tape to grab and use immediately. Yes they will have to replenish often, but getting approximately 6 pieces ready at a time helps students focus on their project rather than the logistics of the tape. Together with your students cut or rip tape and stick pieces somewhere easily accessible (i.e table edge, water bottle, plastic bowl, pencil case...). FYI it's also a good filler activity when you need to keep students active on their own for a couple of minutes (i.e while loading your slideshow or helping an individual student).