Cut and Tear Experiment

What child doesn’t enjoy cutting and tearing things? This was a favorite classroom activity with my preschoolers back in my teaching days.

I decided to surprise the boys with this fun experiment! 

**This activity involves scissors so PLEASE SUPERVISE your little ones the entire time and assist them if needed.

I prepared these little brown bags in the morning while the boys were still sleeping.

*This is also a great educational activity that fosters critical thinking, sensory and fine motor skills.

 

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I also made this simple category lab scale sheet for my oldest to fill out once the experiment was finished.

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After breakfast, I announced we were doing a fun experiment!

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I absolutely loved watching their expressions of surprise and wonderment as they pulled out the items.

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Once they had placed everything on their mats, I called out one item at a time and instructed them to cut it.

I sat on the floor and engaged them with the following questions.

  • Do you think it was easy or hard to cut?
  • Why do you think it was easy/hard?

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I enjoyed watching them work as a team to cut some of the items. The pipe cleaner and sponge were difficult for my youngest to cut, so my oldest announced excitedly, “Let’s be lab partners!”.

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After the boys finished cutting, I called out each item again, but this time I instructed them to tear.

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This method was their favorite and I loved their reactions!

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Some items were not possible to tear, but that did not stop them from trying over and over again. They had so much fun!

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I asked the following questions as they tore away.

  • Why is this item hard/easy to tear?
  • Why do you think this item was not possible to tear?

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Afterward, I gave the category lab scale sheet to my oldest and asked him to record the findings of their experiment.

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Here are the results!

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My youngest is only 2 so he decided to “draw” the findings.

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