Got a newspaper handy?


AT a time when everyone is stuck together at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, being forced to stay at home has its advantages.

For one, there is no shortage of news or the newspaper. And well, most of us have access to the newspaper. So once you’ve covered your favourite stories, consider turning a few pages of your newspaper into early leaning activities with your children.

Language development, reading, social studies, math and current events are just a few of the areas that can be taught with the newspaper.

To make your Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) experience an enjoyable one, consider these suggestions: give your children plenty of space when they’re using the newspaper. They can sit at tables or on the floor.

When necessary, separate sections of the newspaper. Give your children only the sections they will be using.

Make sure scissors and tape or glue are available for activities that require them. Have fun with it! Star-NiE is designed to provide an exciting way to build character and learn English!

So grab your young children and let’s get started.

Create a picture by connecting the alphabet

Using a page of the newspaper, circle a word with an initial A, then an initial B, then an initial C, etc.

When you get to the end of the alphabet (don’t worry if your child has missed some of the uncommon letters), connect the letters in alphabetical order, the way you would in follow-the-dots.

Now ask your child to look at the picture he has created. Give the picture a name and later write a story about the picture that he has created.

The writing is optional and can be done at another time.

Develop an alliteration phrase

Choose a letter from the alphabet and find three or four words that begin with the same letter in the newspaper.

Cut them out and paste them on a sheet of paper.

This activity usually works well if you find two or three adjectives (words that describe a noun) and a noun (a person, place or thing) to put together in an interesting phrase. (Example: big, baked, butter brownies.)

A scavenger hunt

Spot the following items in the newspaper. (Ideally, it would be great if your players could snip out the answers and place them on a sheet of paper.)

This theme focuses on the family’s likes.

Set a time limit to make the activity more exciting.

1 An ideal holiday retreat for your family

2 A comic strip that depicts a family story

3 A favourite fast food outlet of the family

4 A feeling or quality that binds your family together

5 A TV programme suitable for the whole family to watch

6 A Mother’s Day gift

7 A health product for the whole family

8 An activity that all family members would like to do

9 Your mother’s favourite food

10 A comic character who is a parent

Find any one of the activities interesting?

Share a photograph of your parent-child activity and send it to us at starnie@thestar.com.my for publication.

Enclose a high resolution photograph in JPEG format and a 80-word insight on how you or your child benefitted from the activity.

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