Tearing paper is a great fine motor activity. They need to grasp the paper between their thumbs and index fingers and pull in opposite directions. This works on coordination of their hands and also finger strength which is important later when learning to write.
Let’s make a patchwork elephant! Click on the elephant template to download. Print and cut out the face and trunk. Have your child tear small pieces of colored paper, magazine pages, junk mail or newspaper…older children can try kid-safe scissors. Glue the colored pieces onto the elephant. It doesn’t matter where the pieces end up! Glue on the trunk and say “Hi” to Elmer!
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