Project #60 Rainy Day Newspaper Play

Rainy Day Newspaper Play by Kristen Sutcliffe from New House Project

This is more of a rainy day activity than a craft project, but your children will have fun helping you cut out shapes, and they will certainly be delighted to play with the final product.

What You'll Need:

*Old newspapers
*Scissors and/or exacto knife
*Small paddling pool if you have one


Step One:
Place an old newspaper on a cutting mat and use an exacto knife to cut out shapes.  I decided to cut out lots of leaf shapes because playing in leaves is so much fun.  I left the newspaper folded so that I could cut out many leaves at once.
Step Two:
I also cut out some spirals because I thought they would add texture and be interesting to play with.  Cut out several of those at once too.
Step Three:
Any remaining newspaper can be cut or torn into strips.  Have your kids help you cut out shapes or just tear the newspaper if they are not ready for scissors yet.
Step Four:
Toss all of the cuttings and pieces into a small paddling pool.  If you don't have one you can create a newspaper play area with pillows and cushions.
Step Five:
Play time!  Your kids will have fun playing in the newspaper.  They might make a mess, but the clean up is quick and easy.  I will keep the cuttings and reuse them a few times and then recycle them.  

..New House Project..


Bloesem loves comments
  1. Jacqui Mee a Bee

    How much fun does this look! The little girl looks so happy! We are due for a lot of rainy days next month as we head into Rainy Season in Japan.

  2. Tandemteaching

    This is fabulous! I want one, too! Sometimes we used to use something similar in class called a mushpile – a bowl full of torn newspaper strips and a little water for kids to squeeze and mush (it was particularly good for de-stressing after a standardized test or when handling very strong emotions).

  3. Stacey Gifford

    This is a great idea.. especially in climate that rain most of the time, like Washington state. We used the little plastic balls in one of those pools. I never thought to use newspaper.

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