Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-7 Minutes

Your child at this age may begin to isolate fingers to perform different tasks. Finger isolation helps your child develop fine motor and eye-hand coordination and increases strength in fingers for drawing and writing. A fun activity to help your child work on the fine motor muscles needed to use for writing and drawing is ripping and tearing up magazines and/or paper.

  • old magazines
  • paper
  • old wrapping paper
  • empty tissue boxes
  • shoe box
  • empty baby wipe containers

Step 1:  Show your toddler how to tear and crumple a piece of paper. Hand the paper to your toddler and let him try.

Step 2: Show your toddler how to pick up the crumpled piece of paper and drop it into different containers like empty tissue boxes, shoe boxes and empty baby wipe containers.