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Paper Tearing Orange

by on Jan 21st, 2011

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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.

What you will need

  • Crepe Paper/Colored Tissue Paper
  • Orange (fruit) print out
  • Glue
  • 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


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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