Family Activities: Activities for Grades K-1
1. Cut a comic strip into its parts and have your child put the pictures in the correct sequence. For a self-correcting activity, number the correct sequence on the back of the parts.
2. Read the birth notices with your child to see how many boys and how many girls were born.
3. Help your child make a collage of pictures and headlines.
Variation: Make the collage of all words and pictures beginning with a specific letter. Use only pictures and words for a special category, such as food or clothing.
4. Make a scrapbook about a particular topic, using stories and pictures from the newspaper.
5. Cut pictures of food items from the newspaper. Let your child tell you which food items he would like to take on a picnic.
6. Prepare a sheet of paper with the words big animals and little animals at the top. Have your child cut out newspaper pictures of animals and paste them in the appropriate columns.
7. Using the front page and a sheet of paper, list five easy words which you see in the headlines. Have your child find and circle as many examples of these words as he can find in the front page headlines.
8. Find pictures in the newspaper of people who look interesting. Help your child find their names in the newsCut a comic strip into its parts and have your child put the pictures in the correct sequence. For a self-correcting activity, number the correct sequence on the back of the parts paper and underline them.
9. Draw a simple floor plan of a house with a kitchen, bedroorns, garage, and so on. Have your child cut out pictures of furniture, toys, tools and other home items. Let them paste these pictures in the appropriate rooms of the. house or in the garage where they might belong. (Note: Draw your floor plan large enough to allow space for your child to paste in the pictures.)
10. Cut out the letters of the alphabet from the newspaper and paste them on large pieces of cardboard. Encourage the child to find a newspaper picture of an object that begins with each letter and paste the picture beside the letter.
11. With your child, choose a simple recipe from the newspaper, follow the directions, and enjoy the results.
12. Arrange the names in the obituaries in alphabetical order. Compare the first names with those in other news stories to see if names of yesteryear are the same names that are popular for children today.
13. Write the letters a, e, i, o, and u on paper bags. Have your child cut out pictures of words that begin with these letters and place them in the correct bags.
14. With your child, list items or find pictures in the newspaper advertisements which might be dangerous and discuss why the items might be harmful.
15. Help your child find pictures in the newspaper which would illustrate the meanings for each of the following: in, out, up, dovm, near, far, over, under, inside, outside.
16. Give your child a red crayon and a blue crayon. Have them circle pictures in the newspaper with the red crayon and drawings or cartoons with the blue crayon.
17. Read aloud the weather report for the day. Discuss what clothing should be worn for that kind of weather.
18. Circle a word in a headline. Have the child circle that same word each time it appears in a story.
19. Help your child make labels or signs for furniture in his room by cutting out letters from headlines and pasting the letters on construction paper. Place the labels on the furniture.
20. Have the child circle the names and times of favorite TV programs. (They may need your assistance. Read the titles aloud to your child.)
21. Help the child cut out pictures or words about a holiday and paste them on a sheet of construction paper.
22. Cut out a comic strip. Remove the last frame. With the child, discuss what might happen in the last frame, then compare that with what the last frame actually shows.
23. Clip coupons from the newspaper and ask your child to stack them in piles according to groups such as food, cleaning products or paper goods.
24. Read a short article from the newspaper to your child. Ask the child to retell the story in his own words.
25. Let your child dictate a news story about something he has done at home or in the neighborhood. Write the story for them. Encourage the child to draw a picture for the story. (Note: for a touch of realism, type the story in a narrow column and tape it over a column on the front page of the local newspaper.)
26. Read aloud to your child selections from the pet section of the classified ads. Ask questions about the information presented.
27. Cut out letters of the child´s name from the newspaper and paste them on a sheet of paper. Let the child cut out newspaper pictures of things he likes, and paste them on the paper.
28. Circle pictures of items in the newspaper which can be found in your home.
29. Encourage your child to draw a self portrait. Then have them cut out newspaper pictures and words that describe his favorite foods, sports, animals and toys. Ask them to paste these around the portrait.
30. Let your child find a news story with a picture he likes. Read the story to them and have the youngster point to items mentioned in the article.
31. Help your child to collect interesting recipes from the newspaper. Prepare the recipes with the child and compile the recipes into a family cookbook.
Modified from Ira Gordon´s DESIRABLE TEACHING BEHAVIORS: Stevie Hoffman, University of Missouri, Columbia.