Torn paper strip sticky collage

Before sharing this simple torn paper strip sticky collage with the children, I told them that we needed to work on building stronger hands and fingers and one of the best ways to do that, is by tearing up some paper…

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

To prepare for our paper strip sticky collage, Mrs. Courtney put three strips of clear packing tape (sticky side up) across a tray for each child.  She tucked each end of the tape under and stuck it to the sides of the trays to hold the tape in place on the trays …

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

I happened to have some left-over torn paper so we set that paper out in baskets and added more as needed.  To exercise our fingers and hands, the children tore the pieces of paper into smaller pieces and stuck them to their pieces of tape…

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

I showed the children how all of the tape had to be covered until there was no sticky left showing so that their tape wouldn’t get all stuck together when we hung it in our window….

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

The children worked with their hands and fingers to tear the paper and stick it on their tape. Covering all the tape was a big challenge but my students were up for the challenge…

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

The children stayed with it until all the tape was covered by paper. As the children worked on their collages, I heard a few of my students talking about how big their muscles were getting!…

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

Once the children had all three strips of tape covered with their torn pieces of paper, then Mrs. Courtney and I helped them remove the strips of tape from the trays…

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

We stuck the ends of the three strips of tape together to create one long torn paper strip collage for each child and added a ribbon to the top so the children could hang their collages up when they took them home…

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

But for now, our sticky paper collages are hanging in our classroom windows and making our classroom simply beautiful!

Torn paper strip sticky collage by Teach Preschool

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. jackie January 18, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    These are so pretty, Deborah! Who knew something so simple could look so beautiful! I love them! Ahem, would that be one-sided or two-sided sticky paper you used? Kidding! Heehee

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 18, 2013 at 1:44 am - Reply

      Haha – that would be one sided Jackie – you nut!

  2. Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning January 18, 2013 at 5:36 am - Reply

    My kids would love this! Tearing AND sticky paper…I am sure it will be a hit.

  3. Katie @ Gift of Curiosity January 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful project! I love how it builds fine motor and has an outcome, but is open-ended enough for the kids to add their own flair to it.

  4. wendy February 4, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I love this idea and I can’t wait to do it with my 2 year olds this week.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      This should work very well with twos! It’s all in the set up then they can take it from there!!

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