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Back-to-school torn paper art projects for Pre-K students!

  • Post published:July 29, 2023
  • Post category:Preschool

Back to school season is right around the corner, and with it comes both nerves and lots of excitement – for both students and teachers! Time to label all the things, meet students and their families, start building that classroom community… HOLD UP! This torn paper art project is just what you need to calm the nerves for your new students and ease the first day jitters.

Before we jump into all of the back-to-school excitement, let’s think and plan for activities that are meaningful and engaging for your little learners for the first few days in the classroom. Art activities allow young students the opportunities to be creative, practice working with both new and familiar art materials, socializing with their peers, and also build some fine motor practice. Torn paper art projects are the perfect low-prep activity to share with your young students.

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getting acclimated to school is hard:

For many preschoolers and kindergarteners, this is their very first time in the classroom. It is overwhelming, exciting, and feels full of possibilities. Although the first few days definitely have my FitBit congratulating me on my marathon run, each small accomplishment feels like a major win – and totally worth the running around and sweat! The student who greets you by your name; the kid who asks another if they can play together; collaboration at the block center on a tall tower; all those smiling faces on their way out the door at the end of the day, and so much more! 

visual supports for centers

One tool that has been incredibly helpful for my preschoolers is having visual supports in different centers of the classroom that helps my students identify the steps and expectations for each area. The visuals are perfect for students who have never been in school before, students who are emerging bilinguals, students with disabilities – basically, all students in your early childhood classroom.

Whether it’s looking for what to do at the play doh table, figuring out the sensory table, or how to play blocks with their peers, you can grab these center visuals in English here, or in Spanish here! 

setting up art materials

When setting up the art materials for the first few weeks, I like to keep it simple as I figure out my student’s comfort levels. Torn paper art projects are low-prep, and gives you the space to supervise students from across the room as you move around and facilitate other learning centers.

With seven simple but cute images to choose from, you can print and slice the papers in half and appeal to your student’s interests. I like to use Astrobright paper for lots of art projects – but construction paper works, too! Depending on the ages and comfort levels of your students, you can leave out whole sheets of colorful paper, or pre-slice some papers into slips, like the photo below.

breaking down the task into managable parts

Choose colors that make sense for the torn paper art, or give students the space to mix and match and explore. Torn paper art gives students the space to practice opening, twisting, and closing glue sticks, which can be especially challenging if they have never done this before! Prepping small strips helps to build student success, as it is a smaller amount of paper to rip, while still having students focus their attention, energy, and finger muscles on holding the paper and ripping it.

how torn paper art projects benefit young learners

This low-prep, low-stress activity gives students the space to explore, try new or familiar art materials, be creative, collaborate with peers or focus on working on their own art. The first few weeks of school can be so exciting – but also overwhelming! Help all students in your classroom feel comfortable and ready for the many new  adventures of the school year. Torn paper art projects are fun, hands-on activities that helps young children practice following brief instructions while also building their fine motor muscles.


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