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Torn Paper Art for Kids – Great for Strengthening Fine Motor Skills and Creativity

Looking for an easy and inexpensive activity for kids of all ages this Summer? This Torn Paper Art needs very few supplies and can be done pretty much anywhere or anytime. I hope your kids enjoy it as much as my kids did!

Torn Paper Art- Kindergarten Fine Motor Skills

Supplies Needed:

Construction Paper; Tissue Paper; Scraps


Optional: Cardstock & Sharpie

Torn Paper Art Supplies

The joy and creativity of this project is that there is no right or wrong way to complete this project. This project is based solely on creativity and can be completed in any way. Use your imagination…the sky is the limit!

First, my kids drew the outline shape of what they wanted to make. I used cardstock as the base for our pictures. For instance, I drew the rainbow with clouds to give them an example. My daughter then drew a flower and my son wanted a Sea Turtle. After drawing the outline, choose the color of papers you want to use and start tearing into small(ish) pieces. Then affix pieces to template with glue. We used both a glue stick and regular school glue. Both seem to work just fine.

Torn Paper for Art

Kids doing Torn Paper Art

My kids LOVED making their own art and I can’t tell you how important ‘free art’ is for your child’s brain development. Take it from this Kindergarten teacher that most children come into my classroom not knowing how to ‘create’ and this is the perfect activity for that! And there is also immense importance of using their fingers to tear the paper, since that strengthens their fine motor skills, which are needed for reading and writing.

Torn Paper Art Sea Turtle

My daughter is 8 and my son is 5 years old. Both of them came up with their own ideas and did their own tearing and gluing, Their finished projects were created and completed strictly by them and are pretty fabulous, if you ask me!

Torn Paper Art for Kids


Torn Paper Art- Kindergarten Fine Motor Skills


Thanks again Kimber for letting me share a little bit of kid creativity here on The Pinning Mama! If you want to check out some other fun kids crafts over at my creative home, Lovin’ Our Chaos, then check out this cool Butterfly Life Cycle project, or maybe these adorable Sponge-Painted July 4th Shirts, or how about Microwave Kool-Aid Play Doh?!

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  1. says

    Love it! Easy, affordable, and every piece will look different. Great way to use up old paper as well, just by flipping it over. The printing might even add an extra flair!

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