Sensory: Paper Discovery

You have probably experienced a time when the delivery of a box at your front door elicited more interest than the box’s contents. Ms, Tenaya, Ms. Madison and Ms. Cat from Infant 2, developed this activity to show you how to use this interest to your advantage for a sensory experience and for fine motor work.

Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

What you need:

  • Grab some scrap pieces of paper, shredded paper from your shredder, newspapers, tissue paper, junk mail etc.

What to do:

  • Sit with your child and show them how to rip the paper items. After a little demo they will be on their way to ripping the paper on their own.

  • As they rip the paper observe how their eyes light up and the sounds of glee that emerge from this activity. Here is a link of the joy a baby gets from paper ripping

  • For the little ones, keep your eyes on them so they don’t eat any of the materials

  • To extend this with older children, get out the glue and a piece of paper and see what your child does. For inspiration here is a link for making animals with torn paper