Need a quick toddler activity? Don’t throw out that wrapping paper so fast…
There’s nothing I love more than a quick and easy toddler activity. Actually, my favorite activity is one that is quick, easy, and spur of the moment – the ones that just organically happen. That’s how this ripping paper bin was started.
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Setting up this ripping paper activity is so easy!
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- Wrapping paper remnants
- Storage container
This is one of the easiest activities to set up: throw all your wrapping paper scraps into a plastic storage container for your toddler to play with.
What is a ripping bin?
My daughter was “helping” me wrap Christmas presents which meant things were taking twice as long and bows were being decimated (wink). I needed a quick activity to distract her while keeping her close and involved.
I started gathering all the scraps from wrapping gifts and placing them in a plastic container.
I showed my daughter (23 months old) how to rip the paper.
She was hooked! And began shredding paper tirelessly.
I loved this activity and here’s why:
This activity makes use of all those remnants from wrapping gifts and gives toddlers a way to be a part of the wrapping process.
It keeps little hands busy and active – I love that!
Toddlers can learn so much from ripping paper!
This might seem like a simple activity (and it is!) but it packs a fair amount of learning in with it.
Ripping paper is a fine motor skills activity that focuses on grip strength.
It also teaches cause and effect, and is a precursor to using scissors.
Think of this activity next time you wrap gifts.
The next time you’re hard at work wrapping presents (and trying to entertain a toddler at the same time), try this ripping paper activity. It’s a great way to let toddlers play while you work.
Will you try this ripping paper activity?