Shredded Paper - Easy Play Idea

A very simple (but also VERY messy) play idea! Using shredded paper is a fun experience for toddlers, but even preschoolers will find the fun in this.

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I used our tuff tray to put the shredded paper on and put some random toys on it first so that they were hidden under the paper. Most of it stayed there but a lot of it went onto the carpet! The second day we did this I dragged the tuff tray over to our hard floor and the mess was so much easier to clean, just a quick sweep each time it got too messy! I like to encourage the children to try and keep most of the sensory play material in the tray but sometimes a bit of mess is necessary. The children were experimenting with what it looked like as they dropped it from different heights, they were excited as they imagined it was like snow.

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Other children were finding hidden toys, using spoons to scoop the paper up and even using our collection of diggers with it. They all found their own way to explore the shredded paper which was a wonderful thing to watch.

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Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 4 - Children are confident and involved learners

4.4 - Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

This Activity is for:

  • Toddlers

Encourage children to:

  • Search through the paper to find toys

  • Hide toys themselves

  • Scoop the shredded paper with spoons or use tongs

  • Experiment with how it floats through the air

Extend on this by:

  • Using shredded paper as a small world base such as in place of snow

  • Putting out only tong type tools to engage more complex fine motor skills

Simplify this by:

  • Taking out the toys and only exploring the shredded paper

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