Activity: Super Shredder

Young children need plenty of motor activities to develop better fine motor control. An easy activity although no less effective is the simple art of tearing paper. Tearing paper is fun and oddly satisfying! While it can be messy, it is an amazing fine motor activity for children.  

Tearing paper strengthens the smallest muscles of the fingers and the arms. These are important in developing skills like handwriting,  colouring, managing buttons and zippers and more. 

Things You Will Need
  • Coloured paper
  • Bowls or any other container
Learning Objectives

While you follow the activity, ensure you focus on

  • Fine Motor: Finger muscle strength and tripod grasp
  • Cognitive skills: Identifying colours and sorting them. 
  • Sensory:        Tearing sound (audio feedback)
            Paper Texture
  • Sensory-Motor: Hand-eye coordination
            Bilateral coordination
Let's Get Started :)

Below is a list of resources, to help you conduct the activity with ease!

Activity Adaptation & Variations

For children with low vision

Use primary bright colours.

For children with weak finger-strength

Use thin easy-to-tear paper. You can then progress to thicker paper.


Do not throw any of this paper away. We’ll show you how you can use them in our next fun activity Cool Collager.

Please explain to your child that this is paper set aside for tearing and to treat all other paper and books with care.  



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