Tearing paper is a fun way to practice fine motor skills.
We love using paper, gift wrapping paper, construction paper, newspaper…
The list goes on and on to the creative materials that can be used in this simple and easy activity.
Tearing paper is also fun for littles and I’m excited to share a wonderful set of hands on printables that can be used for learning through play (learning the alphabet while tearing paper).
How fun is that?
Let’s get into the benefits, shall we?
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Benefits of Paper Tearing
It’s also a fun way to incorporate a bit of learning through play while gaining benefits such as:
The list goes on and on.
Get creative, get inspired and gain benefits all while learning through play.
Torn Paper Activities
Some of the ways we love to incorporate paper tearing activities are:
Within a sensory bin
For practicing fine motor skills
Ripping paper for fun
What are other ways we can go about ripping paper in an activity?
Paper Tearing Activities
In the alphabet printable I share below, kids can tear paper and use elmers glue to paste those torn pieces onto the printable sheets.
Kids can rip the paper and talk about color recognition.
For example, in the A is for apple printout, use red torn paper to glue onto the apple sheet to create the apple.
This helps the child learn about the color red, the item which is an apple and the letter A all while having fun!
They wont even know they are learning because they’ll be having so much fun.
Another fun idea is to use the letter formation printable for practicing letters.
Tear paper to glue onto the letters and learn in this way.
Write out a sight word, your child’s name or letters for practicing with torn paper.
Make shapes using torn paper and elmers glue!
One of the simplest and easy ideas for kids is to tear paper or use torn gift wrapping paper for inserting into a bin for a simple sensory bin!
This is a great way to incorporate fine motor skills (ripping the paper), sensory activity (feeling and hearing the paper move around) and color recognition (learning about colors).
Easy and simple paper tearing sensory bin for the win!
More Torn Paper Activities for Kids
When my oldest was little she loved to create food items using torn paper.
She still to this day uses torn paper to create pretend play items for her pretend play ideas.
I give her all of the credit for these paper ripping food item ideas:
Toppings for a soup
Slice of cake
Slice of pie
I hope you enjoyed these simple paper tearing activities and incorporate them in your play centers. 🙂