I had a whole stack of newspapers in my classroom which the cleaners were threatening to throw away and an end of term lesson with my year 7 students. I put together this selection of the games we played to get students engaged with this text type (which lots of them said they rarely, if ever, saw at home).
Most are set up as team building challenges, but there are several which would make great independent activities as a starter for a lesson involving or analysing newspapers. There are artistic, kinesthetic and, of course, literacy- based challenges suitable for a variety of ages and abilities. Nothing that isn't fun!
Very few materials are required for these activities apart from the newspapers: sticky tape, any scrap materials, marker pens, A3 paper and glue would cover every challenge and most can be done with nothing more than a pen.