Poetry Activities for Kids

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Posted on Feb 23 2015 - 1:00am by Jill
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I hope that you and your children are having fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities around taking the fun Into the Laboratory. This month’s new theme is Poetry and is sure to be fun for everyone. There are a lot of fun things to learn about and with poetry, so, what will you and your child or students do with your poetry storybooks? 

Poetry Activities for Kids

This month we had a lot of hard decisions to make, once again, at our local library since I am so fond of poetry in general and passionate about teaching it to my children. This month’s theme of poetry is a fun one and there are a lot of great storybooks for kids covering the topic of poetry. We settled on a few and took them home to read and enjoy. Once we had them all read we kept turning back to one of our own, the Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry by Bill Martin, Jr. It didn’t dawn on us until after reading a few books that our daily poetry book was a good one to share with you all.  

Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry

This month to go with the theme of Poetry we chose the Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry. This book is full of fun poetry that is perfect for introducing children to poetry. We have this book handy and try to use it every day with our morning circle exercises. Although we did grab a bunch of poetry books from the library, this one still stood out to the kids and I. This kids poetry book is awesome, to say the least. It is divided into multiple topics and presents a lot of different styles of poetry that are perfect for children to learn about poetry. I wanted to share a few of the things that we chose to do with some of the fun poems from the book. 

On a quick side note, if you are like me and love poetry, but sometimes forget what type is what, I would highly recommend the kid friendly presentation of the different types of poetry presented at Poetry for Kids where the different types of poems are presented with examples. This site is not run or maintained by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, but the fun and creative resources presented on the site are sure to help you and your child or students familiarize yourselves with poetry. The key to poetry is that really anything goes because the most beautifully written poetry can stem from the written words. 

Acrostic Poem

After quickly reviewing the types of poetry, the first poem that we tried is one of my son Beck’s favorite ones from the book. It is called Oodles of Noodles by Lucia and James L. Hymes Jr. The poem can be found on page 137 of the book. To bring this fun poem to life like we did, you will need the following materials:

  • Picture of your child as well as a picture of a spoon in your household
  • Construction Paper (Black, White)
  • Pasta (we used elbows)
  • Black Marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue 

Acrostic Poem Storybook Activity

To make this fun hands-on art project, we started by taking a fun photo of Beck, in profile with a dinner spoon looking like he was ready to take a bite. Then, I had him use craft glue to glue it to once side of the black construction paper. Next, I had him use our scissors to cut out a fun cloud shape out of white construction paper and glue it to the other side of the black construction paper. Next, I had him use the black marker to write the word ‘noodle’ down the left side. Then, I had Beck write his acrostic poem with words that described noodles that started with each of the letters of the word noodle. To finish it up, I had Beck use craft glue to attach elbow macaroni all over the page, however he wanted to decorate it, to make it appear like he was getting ready to eat a yummy acrostic noodle dinner! 

Before I move on with what we did for Elizabeth, I wanted to sneak in another great resource that we use for poetry: Shel Silverstein. He has written a handful of great books that I am sure you are all familiar with like Where the Sidewalks Ends, Falling Up, The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, and so many more. I can remember my own mother reading these to me as a child and I have very fond memories of the whimsical ways that she would read the poems each day. These resources are a must for anyone teaching, learning, or having fun with poetry, especially for kids. And if you really like Shel Silverstein Books, then I would highly recommend checking out some of the great titles the author actually reads from on his YouTube Channel at: ShelSilversteinBook’s . Although Enchanted Homeschooling Mom does not run or maintain this site, here are a few of our favorites from it: 

With the great resources of Shel Silverstein reviewed, we then went back into the Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry and Elizabeth found her favorite poem, Bursting. Here is a fun hands-on kid’s craft we did for her rhyming poem… 

Rhyming Poems

The second poem we did was a rhyming poem with my daughter Elizabeth. She liked the one called Bursting by Dorothy Aldis and it can be found on page 105 of the book. Elizabeth is working on words that rhyme in her creative writing lessons, so she had fun practicing with this fun poem. To bring this poem to life like we did, you will need the following materials:

  • Picture of your child
  • Construction Paper (Brown, White)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

Rhyming Poems Storybook Activity

To make this fun hands-on art project, we started by taking a fun photo of Elizabeth. She is naturally happy, so this was a very easy photo for me to get. Next, I had her use our scissors to cut out some strips of brown construction paper. I then had her write sentences that rhymed about laughing and smiling on the strips of brown construction paper. Here was her poem: 

I love to laugh,

But not as much as I love a giraffe.

I should mark it on a graph,

With my outback staff. 

To finish it up, I had Elizabeth carefully roll up the outer ends of the strips and use craft glue to glue it behind her picture to create the look of crazy laughing hair and then glued it all to the bottom edge of the white construction paper. 

As you can see, we all had fun learning with poetry with the Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry for this month’s Poetry theme in the Poppins Book Nook. There is some form of poetry for any child in this book, so hopefully you will get your own copy or find it at the library and have some fun times reading the poetry as a family. 

Poppins Book Nook Poetry February 2015 Lapbook

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Thank you for taking the time to read about the fun we had with the topic of Poetry.  Here are some other fun themed story books that your child may enjoy: 


Poppins Book Nook

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~Simple Living Mama

Kids Poetry Bundle Giveaway

Kid’s Poetry Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Kid’s Poetry Bundle. The winner will enjoy two books full of poetry for children. The two books that they will win is the Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry and Poetry Speaks to Children (*kindly note that these are affiliate links and your purchase helps to run this book club). These two magical books will help your children learn about and have fun with poetry. 

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s found HERE. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win: 

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Will you be using the lapbook, bookmarks, or creating storybook activities with your children or students to follow along with the monthly themes here at Poppins Book Nook? Make sure to send me pictures of your children in action and I will share them the Poppins Book Nook readers on the official Facebook page. Follow Poppins Book Nook on Facebook and Pinterest

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