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Extra, Extra!

by Steve Bennett

If your newspaper stories suddenly separated themselves from their headlines, how would you read the paper?

Kids 7-10, adaptable for kids 5-6
Required: newspapers, writing materials.

Why, you could have your children fill you in on the day's events. Select some news stories from a paper you've already read, and clip them out. Cut the headlines, and put them into one pile; the articles themselves go into another. (To increase the level of difficulty, handwrite the headlines so that the typeface and point size won't give away the answers.)

Ask your child to match the articles with their headlines within whatever time frame you establish (adjust up or down to match your child's abilities). If a gaggle of kids are playing, each might have, say, three minutes to try the match game. You tell the players how many correct matches they've made, and give them additional chances to increase the number of "hits."

Alternatively, you can match up the stories and headlines yourself, purposely attaching all but two headlines correctly. Players have to guess which headlines are out of place. So who would have guessed that "Chief Comes Out Swinging" actually refers to the monkey's cage at the zoo and not to happenings in the Oval Office?

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