Poetry is a brilliant outlet for a child’s imagination! This activity develops literacy skills and encourages your child’s freedom of expression as they experiment with new words and literary techniques. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to get a glimpse into their inner thoughts and feelings, too!
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You can write a poem about anything and everything. How about writing from an interesting perspective? For example, from your pet’s point of view!
About the activity
Explain that a poem is different to a story or song and therefore doesn’t have to consist of full sentences or punctuation. If your child isn’t sure where to begin, help them think of the topic that the poem should focus on, it could be based on a food, a mode of transport or even the location you’re travelling to.
Agree on how long the poem should be and get them to focus on writing a start, middle and end. Encourage them to use at least one poetic technique such as rhyme, repetition or alliteration.
Finally, for the really fun part, encourage your child to read their poem aloud to the family – they may even want to perform it!