News Crew Tools


Catch hot news stories with top-of-the-line recycled reporting equipment! Get ready for hands-on newsgathering.


1. What could be more exciting than reporting news to the rest of the world? Think about how, when, and where news teams work. They use cameras; computers; audio, video, and digital recording devices; and monitors. Even a cell phone can make a difference!

2. You may not have access to all of this equipment but your imagination can help you to design and build some to help you get your story. This a great project to work on in teams!

3. Ask an adult to use Crayola® Scissors to help you cut a recycled box into a laptop computer. Draw the parts of the laptop (keys, touch pad) with Crayola Fine Line Markers.

4. Cover your art area with newspaper. With Crayola Paint Brushes and Washable Paint, cover the box in a computer color. Why not try a hue out of the (black or silver) box? Air-dry your laptop.

5. Paint the inside and outside of another recycled box for the video feed monitor. Air-dry the monitor.

6. Cut pieces of clear vinyl sheets for the glass monitor and control panels. Use Crayola Gel Markers to add details on the plastic. Attach the pieces to the box with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the monitor.

7. On brightly colored paper, draw your station’s name and/or call number with markers. Trace and cut out the shape on a recycled file folder. Glue the paper to the file folder. Attach it to a recycled plastic snack container to create a padded microphone. Air-dry your mike.

8. Use your News Crew Tools to collect and write stories. Present the news "live" to classmates or younger children. What kind of set could you build for your newsroom?

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Turn the tables and interview an interviewer. Call up a local news station and set up an interview to find out more about what reporters do to make the news available. Capture what you learn with your own technology.
  • Every profession has its own language. Learn the slang and code words for news reporters.
  • Develop a trivia questionnaire for the class using what you learned.
  • Compare how different media handle stories. What are the headlines? What images are used? What language is used?

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Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Fine Line Markers
  • Paint Brushes
  • Gel Markers
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • recycled boxes
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water
  • recycled file folders
  • recycled plastic containers
  • vinyl sheets



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students learn about the roles and responsibilities of a news reporter.

  • Students recreate newsgathering equipment from recycled materials.

  • Children write and use their props to make news presentations to other students.


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