What better time is there to start writing poetry than when you are a kid? Help your kids or students celebrate National Poetry Month this April by teaching them some simple poetry activities and games. Here are a few fun poetry ideas:
An acrostic poem is one in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or message. When I was a kid, I attended a writing camp. This is one of the writing activities I learned there. Have the kids write their names or some other word vertically down the left hand side of the page. Now have them come up with a poem, describing themselves or the topic they have chosen, by using these letters as the first letters of each line.
Example: I have chosen the word poetry.
Poetry is fun to write
Opens many windows of opportunity
This is not hard to do
Reading works of other poets for inspiration
You can do it!
Buy some magnetic words, place them on the fridge, and let your kids arrange them to create silly sentences. Otherwise, if they are allowed to use the computer, let them play with magnetic poetry for free. Visit the Kids’ Poetry Pages at www.magneticpoetry.com and let them choose from the Kids’ Kit, First Words, Best Friends, or Storymaker. They will be given a virtual fridge and virtual magnetic words to play around with. The best part is that there will be no mess to clean up afterward!
Have the kids choose one of their favorite poems or nursery rhymes and turn it into a funny creation of their own. Have them change the characters’ names, verbs, or nouns to create a unique poem. Instead of “Mary had a little lamb,” they could change it to “Becky had a giant ham” (HowStuffWorks). Encourage them to write their poems down and illustrate them with drawings.
Another way to get kids interested in poetry is to have them read poems written in a style that is easy to follow, such as rhyme. A lot of children’s books are written in rhyme, like Dr. Seuss’s stories. Shel Silverstein has also written a lot of poetry that the kids will enjoy.
Learning how to write poetry can be a fun experience for kids, and what better time to start than during National Poetry Month? These 3 activities are fun, simple, and encourage kids to master their writing skills.