I think sometimes parents feel that every activity must have a purpose in order to be worthwhile. For example, you might be under the impression that if your child is to tear up little bits of paper, you should then get out the glue and make a collage.
Not so! Just let the kid tear up the paper, for heaven's sake.
New Kid finds this so entertaining. I find ultra-cheap construction paper works the best. If you are feeling frugal (as I usually do) you can put the leftover bits in a shoebox for collage at a later date.
I guess the purpose of this activity is help Mom get through the day with her wits intact.
I used to give my kids junk mail to rip up - it's amazing how long they can do that!
Joyful Learner says
Our daughter used to do that with toilet paper. We always got suspicious if she disappeared for too long without a sound. Next thing we found was a large pile of tp on the bathroom floor. I think they were easier to tear.
Now, she spends a great deal of time cutting and taping them back together. Whatever makes her happy!
The other day I let the kids cut up a ball of yarn that I didn't like. Kept them busy for at least an hour, and we put all the pieces in a ziploc bag, which they have been using for all sorts of games.