I LOVE paper tearing to work the fine motor skills! Think about it…the “pointer” finger and thumb naturally pinch together when you tear paper. The fingers naturally fall into my “pencil grip”. Tearing paper is a precursor to writing plus paper tearing is FUN!!!
After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and watching the video (yep…still on YouTube) we created our own torn paper coconut trees then added our names with cut out letters.
Yep, getting that name work in there!
I also love making Humpty Dumpty Sitting on a Wall to work those muscles!
How do you teach paper tearing for fine motor activities?
“crab pinchers” instead of fingers
students they need to get out their crab pinchers, and
a pinching motion with the thumb and
forefinger. This helps them realize the only body parts needed to tear are
these two fingers….pointer and thumb.
the table as their friend” (holding the paper down with one hand while tearing
with the other). Have students practice to find what works best…plus they will have fun going back and forth as they practice.
the paper, not the hands
know when to stop when tearing larger pieces of paper.
Have the students
rotate the paper, always tearing in a downward motion towards themselves.
Teacher reminders for fine motor activity of paper tearing!
the paper size
appropriate paper sizes for the task at hand so students have a reference
point. It will also save your paper supply!!
to show how to do it; be explicit.