Newspaper twister gets kindergarten or young elementary students playing twister with numbers. Younger students have a blast getting tangled up and it is a good activity not only for English, but also to build balance and motor skills.

Basic Info

Time: 10 minutes
Level: Elementary grade 1 - 3
Works with: Studying body part names and numbers
Class size: Any size

You will need:

  • Old newspapers
  • A marker


  1. Use a full size sheet of old newspaper and draw a 2 x 4 grid. (You will need 1 sheet for every pair or group of students. Each sheet will get destroyed.)
  2. Label each square with a number from 1 to 8.


  1. Put the students in pairs or groups of 4. Give each group a twister sheet.
  2. Lay the paper on the floor. Students should take off their shoes.
  3. Call out which hand or foot and the number. The students should put that hand/foot on the appropriate number.
  4. Keep going until a few students fall down.


  • Start with a foot, so that the students can step onto the sheet with one foot.


  • Instead of using newspaper, you could play this game outside on a concrete surface and set the 'twister board' up using concrete chalk.
  • You could also do this using colors in place of numbers.


  • Newspaper tears easily. Warn the students to be careful, but also be prepared with extra twister sheets or a roll of tape to quickly patch up sheets.
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