Play with Newspapers


In this activity, the children challenge their motor skills whilst in control of a newspaper.


Examples of different tasks the children can do with the newspaper:

  • Can you run with newspaper on your chest without holding it?
  • Can you balance the paper on your head, on your hand, on your leg or back?
  • Put the newspaper page on the floor and try to balance on the outside edge of the page.
  • Put the newspaper page on the floor. Can you blow it over to the other side? Blow and crawl/wiggle following the sheet of paper.
  • Put the newspaper page on the floor and stand on top with bare feet. Can you crinkle the sheet of paper up?
  • Make a ball with the newspaper page. Can you throw it in the bucket?


  • Exercise in pairs: One pair plays together with one newspaper.
    • Can you move around the room at the same time as you hold the newspaper and balance a light ball on it?


One sheet (double) of newspaper for each child


0 - 2 years
3 - 5 years


Large space
Small space

Motor skills

Learning areas

Activity type