Sugar Aunts: Torn Paper Art Awesome Fine Motor Activity

Torn Paper Art Awesome Fine Motor Activity

Tearing paper is an amazing fine motor activity for kids.  Tearing paper requires strength and endurance of the small muscles in the hand.  These intrinsic muscles are important in so many fine motor skills, including handwriting and coloring, managing buttons and zippers, manipulating pegs, and more.  When paper is torn, the hands assume a great tripod grasp which is effective and a mature grasp for writing and coloring.  The non-dominant hand is assisting in the tearing and encourages appropriate assistance for tasks like holding the paper while writing, and managing paper while cutting with scissors.  We use recycled artwork to create this Torn Paper texture art that would look great on any gallery (or family dining room) wall!

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Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

Torn paper art work using recycled art:


This craft is so simple, yet such a fun way to create art while working on fine motor skills.

Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

We all have piles of kids' artwork that is gorgeous, yet abundant.  You keep the ones that mean the most, but what do you do with those piles of painted paper, scribbled sheets, and crafty pages?  You sure can't keep it all or your house will become covered in paper, paint, and glitter.  We used a great blue page to make our torn paper art.  Tear a sheet into long strips.  This will become the sky of our artwork.

Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

Fine motor exercise for kids:  Tearing paper.


Tearing long strips of paper is especially a great fine motor task.  To tear a long sheet of paper, you need to grasp the paper with an effective, yet not too strong grasp.  Tear too fast, and the paper is torn diagonally and not into strips.  Tearing the paper slowly while focusing on strait torn lines really encourages a workout of those intrinsic muscles.  We tore an 9x11 piece of painted printer paper into long strips, lengthwise.  The thin paper isn't too difficult to tear, but requires control.

Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

Vary the texture of the paper and add green cardstock .  The thicker paper requires a bit more strength.

Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

We used one of the long strips of green cardstock to create grass by making small tears.  Be careful not to tear the whole way across the strip!  What a workout this is for those hand muscles.

Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

Next glue the blue strips onto a background piece of paper.  Tear white scrap paper into cloud shapes.  They can be any shape, just like clouds in the sky!

Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

Grab a piece of yellow cardstock and create a sun.  This is another fabulous fine motor workout.  Tearing a circle-ish shape and creating small tears really works those muscles in the hands.


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Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!

Glue the sun onto the sky and enjoy the art.  This is definitely a keeper piece.  Think about all of the hard work that was put into this craft!

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Fine motor art craft for working on intrinsic muscle skills and tripod grasp with kids while using all of that recycled artwork, too!


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