These wonderful torn paper animals were done in the school my sister teaches in. She has been teaching preschool forever and (and was actually the one who got me started in education).
They did this as part of a unit on Eric Carle.
I don’t remember exactly which book they used (if you are really interested let me know in the comments and I will ask her)but,she had the book open for the children to see all the different animals.
They had to choose which animal they wanted to make.
The teachers then gave them googly eyes and told them to choose from different colored construction papers. They were told that they could not use scissors, only their hands and had to recreate and animal of their choice.(Here are some other torn paper art activities).
Some of the children placed all of the pieces the way they liked them while others pasted as they ripped.
What I feel really makes the work more special is how my sister had the children dictate what they wanted to say about their animal. She then wrote it on an index card and taped it next to their animal.
It made a beautiful bulletin board display and when the children took home their animals the descriptive card went with it.
If you are saving the children’s artwork in a loose leaf binder these pictures work perfectly with it as you can put the picture on one side and the description on the other.