Pond is one of my favorite preschool themes, and I love this preschool pond activity. Torn paper turtles are easy, fun, and adorable.
This preschool pond activity is “turtle-y” awesome
I never miss an opportunity for a torn paper activity.
Kids are tearing paper, naming the shapes they see, ripping papers big and small, and it’s a fine motor frenzy.
“I made a rectangle!”
“This shape has six sides!”
“My fingers are so strong!”
“This piece is bigger than the last one!”
The amount of learning happening is *chef’s kiss*
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Kids love this preschool pond activity
I have done variations of these turtles for years.
Through time, I have learned a few tips and tricks to elevate what the kids make, and you’ll love these quick additions.
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- FREE turtle outline printables – attached to this post (scroll down)
- Green paper
- Scissors – optional
- Googly eyes – optional
- Crayons or markers – optional
Provide your child with green paper and invite them to tear it up into smaller pieces.
It’s absolutely fine if they get in the groove and tear more paper than they can fit on the turtle.
We’re all about the process, and if they’re having a blast tearing paper and working out those fine motor muscles, let them tear it all up.
Once done, invite your child to cover the turtle’s shell in glue.
And now, the very best part: filling in the shell. Invite your child to add their papers to the shell until they cannot see any more white paper peeking out from underneath.
Fun OPTIONAL extensions:
- Color in the head, arms, and legs with crayons or markers
- Add googly eyes
- Invite your child to cut out their turtle when done
- Glue a cut-out turtle onto a piece of colorful paper
Why tearing paper is EXCELLENT for young hands
When kids tear paper, they’re using a skill called bilateral coordination.
Bilateral coordination uses two hands to complete a task where both hands do something different.
Examples of bilateral coordination:
- When lacing a bead necklace, one hand holds the string while the other puts the bead on.
- When coloring a picture, one hand holds the paper down, and the other holds and colors with a marker
In this activity of tearing paper, one hand holds the paper steady while the other grips, moves, and ultimately tears the paper.
This task is often simple for adults, but it’s a fantastic challenge for young kids.
You’ve got to try this preschool pond activity
Simple materials, simple supplies, and simple steps make this perfect for preschoolers.
We can’t wait to see how your turtles come out!