Small children love to tear paper, any paper. Important or not so important. They just like to rip!
Well, if you join in, you might enjoy it too. Is it the sound, is it the feeling or is it the only thing that comes to mind when they see paper? Hard to tell, unless you ask. Hard to tell, unless you get the right answer.
Tearing the paper, releases stress. I asked my son why he likes to tear paper. He usually tears it around a drawing, so that it forms the shapes he has drawn out. He told me once that he tears it so that it looks more ‘real’, perhaps he meant more organic and natural. He likes to draw a lot. He sometimes draws out forms of animals, birds, cars and a lot of more, on torn sheets of paper.
The forms are derived from the shape of the tear. One torn paper might look like a penguin, while the other seems like a snake. It is a creative exercise, no doubt. It is a lot like watching the clouds and imagining the shapes Wait, I just spotted a smiley up there!!
There are several activities around torn paper that you can do with your child too. Tearing paper is good for fine motor skills. Take newspaper, take color sheets, take any paper, just tell them to tear to their heart’s content. After they are done, they can draw out shapes on another sheet of paper and then paste these torn bits on it. Before you know, you will have a whole lot of art waiting to be framed. Creative and original. Tearing can be so much fun!