A paper tearing art activity is a wonderful fine motor craft that takes very little time and materials to prep. All you need is some colorful paper, glue, and fun printable templates! I love saving scraps of paper throughout the school year for this activity.
Benefits of Paper Tearing
Paper tearing is wonderful for strengthening small hand muscles necessary for writing. This sensory activity helps children control their movements, work on hand-eye coordination, and strengthen their pincer grasp. It is excellent for learning precision by judging what size they need to tear the paper. This activity requires some endurance, especially when using thicker paper, like construction paper. It’s not as easy as it seems!
Fine Motor Craft Tray
Another way to create these paper collages instead of using torn paper is to cut the paper. Sometimes it’s nice to switch things up to keep your activities fresh and students interested and engaged. Pairing this activity with scissors is an excellent way of working on cutting skills and how to use scissors. Have a cutting tray or a designated cutting table where a small group of students will cut strips of paper and place them in bowls or cupcake liners to be used for crafts later.
Paper Tearing Art Throughout the Year
Keep this activity available to your students year-round by changing the templates for the holidays and seasons! I also like to rotate what type of paper is in the tray. Sometimes what’s available is bright construction paper, sometimes patterned or textured paper, and other times it’ll be some newspaper or junk mail. The possibilities are truly endless!
This process art activity is a great way for students to get creative and make this craft their own. From the colors they choose to the size of the paper, each creation will be unique and reflect the child’s creativity and skills.
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