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?
Tell students they need to get out their crab pinchers, and they make 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.
point. It will also save your paper supply!!