In previous post, it is written that children tear paper in different ways. If we order them, the differences will show the stages of tearing paper. In stage one, children will tear paper by grabbing the paper with both hands on the right and left sides of the paper. This way actually shows that children’s fingers muscles aren’t strong enough to tear paper.
Considering this, if children are still in stage one, it’s better if we give soft paper or thin paper, so children will tear the paper easily.
After we prepare the suitable paper, just let them tear the paper. However, though tearing paper is fun, especially if it’s the first time our children do it, the excitement will fade out soon. Therefore, we have to make it more exciting by combining it with another activity.
Below is some tearing paper activities suitable for children who are on the first stage of tearing paper:
1. Tearing paper to make paper pulp
We don’t want the torn paper to be wasted, do we? So let children to throw the torn paper onto the bowl of water.
Then let them squeze the paper inside the bowl until it changes into pulp.
Combination of both activities will make them excited as most children love playing water whenever they’ve given the chance to do it. After that use the pulp to make many creation such as recycled paper or paper pulp craft.
2. Paste the torn paper
We can find many kid’s craft related with tearing paper. If our children are on the first stage of tearing paper, choose the simple tearing paper activity. Look at the examples below!
Those are the tearing paper activities in stage one where children have to tear the paper and then do another activity using the torn paper such as squeezing or pasting them.