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ARTb is an extensive set of exercises and activity books designed to help develop executive functioning,  a host of fine motor related skills and creativity in children and adults. The design theory behind each activity intentionally focuses on building creative confidence and self-efficacy in the student.

ARTb can be introduced to children as young as two effectively. That being said, we realize that many parents haven’t any history in coaching or teaching young children in a formal manner and therefore might like some tips and tricks to guiding your child into the practice.

For this reason we have developed an introductory .PDF with sample exercises and scripts to set your process and expectations by:

Activities in this tutorial focus on the first skills: Tearing and Crumpling. Why do this activity, you ask?

Tearing paper can be fun and satisfying to older babies and toddlers. The act of tearing encourages useful finger and coordination skills. In order to tear paper, one must learn to hold the paper between the thumb and pointing finger of each hand. Then they have to move each hand in a different direction. IT’S QUITE A CHALLENGE FOR THEM!

At the same time, as you might also be thinking, we know that children must recognize that you should treat books and paper items with care. By having special activities set aside with visible instructions for them that signal when and where to have the freedom to tear and crumple, the child can channel their energy in the activity and learn when they can and can’t practice this useful skill. They also get to see exactly what happens to the page as it gets torn and crumpled up rendering it used and no longer what it once was.

Tearing and Crumpling is therefore a great basic set of skills that leads to more capable scissor use and handwriting later on.


GLOSSARY of Terms:

Altering flat material by condensing and crushing the material into a more three-dimensional form
“James crumpled up the piece of paper and thew it in the wastebasket”

Ripping a material to some extent
“Suzy always tears the gift wrapping away with such excitement!”

Ripping a material with intent on the direction and final result of such action

Sticking one item to another with the use of an adhesive substance
“She dabbed the tissue paper into some glue and stuck it onto the canvas.”

Using scissors or another sharp tool to carefully severe a material at intentional points
“He cut a perfect circle from that paper with his scissors.”

Intentionally creasing material to allow for different spatial configurations
“It is said that one cannot fold a piece of paper more than 7 times; but is that true?”

Identifying like items according to various features.
“Those two solid black hexagons match.”

Stick two materials together using a third material with at least one adhesive side.
“We will tape the two pieces together with a strip of duct tape.”