Tearing Paper

Tearing Paper

Location: indoor

Materials: old magazines or other paper you're getting ready to recycle

Invite your toddlers to participate in an active sensory exploration. When you have a large stack of old magazines, newspapers, and other paper you're getting ready to dispose of, set it out and invite your children to rip it up. This is a great sensory activity-- the sound of the paper tearing, how much strength it takes to tear different types of papers and quantity of pages.

Possible Extensions:

  • Use the torn paper in a future art project, liking making collages
  • Keep the torn paper in a basket for future sensory play
  • Challenge children to tear the paper into smaller and smaller pieces

What We're Learning:

  • hand-eye coordination and coordination of hands
  • sensory exploration
  • cause and effect