Starfish Therapies

February 8, 2012

Making a Torn Paper Owl – ‘Whooo’ Can Benefit

The newest pinterest project used in OT around here was making an owl out of torn paper.  It was posted from this blog that has a ton of crafts on it.  After completing the project, the feedback our OT gave on its benefits is below:

  • the cutting provides scissor skills practice as well as practice with visual motor skills and bilateral hand use (to hold the paper while cutting)
  • tracing the shapes works on pencil skills as well as grasp and more visual motor
  • having the kiddos put the eyes and beak on can work on body awareness and eye-hand coordination
  • tearing paper works on bilateral coordination of hands, motor planning and mature grasp

With the paper tearing what she really noticed is that some kids can have a really challenging time doing opposing motions with their hands.  Some of the kids just tried to pull their hands straight away from each other and had a hard time figuring out how to move one hand forward and the other hand backwards to create a tear.  Also by pulling their hands straight apart they were using an immature grasp whereas the opposing hand motions encourages a more mature pincer grasp.  Think of the fun your kids can have tearing paper!

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4 Comments »

  1. Very cute! Our schools mascot is the owl, and we are always looking for “owlish” things.

    Comment by jd785 — February 8, 2012 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

  2. […] Making a Torn Paper Owl – ‘Whooo’ Can Benefit […]

    Pingback by Friday Share: Twisted Puzzles, adapted crayon, torn paper owl, and using cotton balls | Therapy Fun Zone — February 10, 2012 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  3. […] Making a Torn Paper Owl – ‘Whooo’ Can Benefit […]

    Pingback by Therapy Fun Zone Community – Friday Share: Twisted Puzzles, adapted crayon, torn paper owl, and using cotton balls — February 11, 2012 @ 12:06 am | Reply

  4. […] is another idea one of my OT’s had.  They had already introduced the benefits of tearing paper but now they wanted to show why crumpling paper was […]

    Pingback by Crumpling Paper « Starfish Therapies — August 13, 2012 @ 9:03 am | Reply


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