Exploring newspaper

Newspaper is a fun medium for exploration in preschool. We started out in circletime with reading a few headlines and hunting for a letter ‘Nn’ and different colors in our newspapers…

I brought over a random stack of newspapers to look through and each child had their own to open, fold, close, and “read” as we went along with our morning circletime…

This wasn’t a “sit and listen to me” circletime session. I simply modeled a little newspaper reading for the children as they explored their own newspapers and we talked about what they were finding through casual conversation….

After circletime, the children found a variety of newspaper activities throughout the classroom including these interesting newspaper paint brushes I made for them to paint with…

The paint brushes were strips of newspaper stapled to the end of a craft stick. I made some of the brushes with short strips of newspaper and some of them had curly strips of newspaper. I added tape to some of the brushes if they needed a little reinforcement but most of them were fine without the tape….

The children used red, black and white paint because we discovered that those were the three most used colors in the newspapers we had explored earlier that day…

After each newspaper paint brush was used, we threw the paint brushes away. They really can’t be shared or reused all that well so I made a bunch of the newspaper paint brushes in advance…

The children enjoyed discovering the color gray through this process. We really hadn’t painted with gray paint before so having a new color come from our color mixing was a nice surprise…


Who knew that black, red, and white paint would make such pretty colors?


By |2012-02-16T06:00:05+00:00February 16th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Brenna February 16, 2012 at 6:33 am - Reply

    My class does a similar reading activity in the library center with catalog and magazines with items to order, like the Oriental Trading catalogs. They love looking through those.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Providing a variety of reading materials like that is such a great way to promote reading readiness Brenna!

  2. joan February 16, 2012 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Love all these great newspaper ideas! Find a newspaper that has been left outside and is faded from the sun. Compare this to a “fresh” newspaper. Great science lesson on the power of the sun and why we need to always use sunscreen! It is raining here but hope that everyone will have a sunny day!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

      What a great way to include a little science and discovery Joan!

  3. Carrie February 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Talk about using several modes of learning and engaging kids in the activity!! That rocks Deborah!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2012 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Carrie:)

  4. Km February 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Soooo great!!! I can just imagine the fun and joy in your classrooms!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you Katherine:)

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