Looking for a fun way to get in some extra writing practice? Give this activity a try! As kids come up with their own silly news articles, they give their creativity a boost and strengthen vocabulary and language skills, too. And the best thing about it? It doesn’t cost a thing!
What You Do:
- Give your child a newspaper and have him go through and cut out individual words. Help him cut out a variety of word types, some nouns, some verbs, some adjectives. Explain what each kind of word is as you go—nouns are things, verbs are actions, adjectives are describers.
- Put all the cut-up words into a pile.
- Demonstrate how you can make up a funny fake “headline” with words pulled from the pile. For example, “Senator Eats Baseball Team.”
- Let him pick his own silly headline and glue or tape it to the top of a blank piece of paper.
- Have him write a short article (3-4 sentences) to go along with the headline. You can help him come up with ideas by asking him questions about who, what, when, where, and why.
- Repeat and see how many silly articles he can come up with!
For extra fun, have him get dressed up and pretend to be an anchorman, reading his silly headlines and articles for your whole family to enjoy.