Though not most people know it, paper tearing is actually an important skill toddlers need to learn. It is through this that they eventually learn to cut, write and draw.
For our lesson on the color orange, we decided to let the kids try some paper tearing as well. We did not realize it immediately, but it turned out that several of our kids still did not know how to tear paper. Most of them still needed us to help them hold the paper as they pull the other side towards the other direction. Several of them needed us to make a small slit to get them started every time.
Paper tearing is a simple and fun task that we sometimes take for granted, but it can actually do a lot for the children’s fine motor skills.
- Crepe Paper/Colored Tissue Paper
- Orange (fruit) print out
- Crayons (optional)
Step 1: Let the kids color their fruit pattern (optional)
Step 2: Help them spread glue all over their paper
*Note: For our toddlers, we had to spread the glue for them so they could just tear and stick. For older kids, you could let them spread the glue themselves.
Step 3: Let them start tearing and sticking
Step 4: Display their work
* Note: Try this activity with other patterns for a more fun and colorful learning experience