Ripped paper art is a craft that is so simple, yet such a fun way to create art while working on fine motor skills. When a child tears a piece of paper, they improve hand strength and endurance in the small muscles in the hand. These intrinsic muscles are important in so many fine motor skills, including those important to 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.
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Students attempted the skill of tearing a paper as their first handwork for the year. Each class used these pieces of paper to turn out beautiful handwork such as kites, butterflies, umbrellas, fruits, lions, octopuses, & dragons etc…