Bring the World Alive - With a Newspaper
1. Name that Number!
Newspapers are not just full of words - there are loads of numbers, too!
One simple 'game' is to
· Find as many numbers as you can in the paper.
up a chart that you could stick on the wall showing different categories.
Write in a number a day. Have fun.
2. Count those Words!
Children love counting things. A simple activity is to
· Count the words in headlines, stories, captions or adverts.
This could be quite casual, while sitting down reading the newspaper, for example. Or more structured so that, again, it can become more of a game.
Make a score sheet to note down the different numbers. You might find only five words in a main headline - but 150 in a news report!
more difficult operation is to try to guess how many words there are
in a report. Count the number of words that make 1 centimetre deep.
Try to calculate how long the whole story is based on that figure. Count
the number of words to check the answer (make sure the story isn't too
3. Pick that Picture
This is good for general scanning through the paper, but can also be refined to become a more challenging task.
The simplest activity is to:
· Search through the pages to see how many pictures there are altogether. This can be varied and made progressively more difficult.
Here are some examples:
4. Logging Logos
The paper is full of different companies, either in news reports or adverts.
· Find as many different logos as you can.
Cut them out and paste them on to a wall chart or into a book.
Make a booklet showing a page a day. Find, say, four logos each day over the course of a week.
5. Popular programmes
Choose favourite TV programmes together. Look at the start and finish times.
· Work out how long does the programme lasts?
you were going to watch several programmes, how much TV would you be
watching during the day?
6. Name game
· Ask the children to cut letters from the newspaper to spell their name.
· Paste them on to card or paper to make a display.
could be messy. (They still haven't worked out a way of preventing the
ink rubbing off news pages!), but this simple activity involves letter
recognition, spelling, motor and co-ordination skills. Also look for
different letter sizes and fonts.
7. Great Grouping
Draw different shapes on a card or piece of paper (e.g. circle, square, triangle). Ask the children to:
· Find different numbers of similar objects and place them in the shapes.
There's lots of scope here. For example, you could find:
letters (e.g. put all Hs in one space, all Ws in another, all Rs in
another and so on).
8. Wizardry Words
· Write down the letters of children's names and find things in the paper to match each letter.
For example, for the name Lisa, you could find:
L - Lucky strike at park (headline)
the name of the object alongside the letter. Turn the activity around.
Choose a headline word and use each letter to start new words.
9. Tasty treat
· Choose a recipe and prepare it. Ask the children to help you read the directions.
you're feeling bold enough, let the children add the ingredients, too!
(Watch out for recipes requiring chocolate, of course. There'll either
be too much - or it won't reach the bowl at all!)
10. Weather Watch
· Read the weather forecast for tomorrow and decide what clothes would be appropriate.
the local weather with that in different parts of the world. Find other
places in an atlas. Keep a notebook to see how accurate the weather
forecast is over a period of time (say a week). Make a wall chart for
the days of the week. Paste in the forecast - then draw a picture or
write a report of how the weather actually was on that day.