4 ways kids can celebrate National Poetry Month

Fun ways to celebrate National Poetry Month with kids!

April is National Poetry Month. Here at In Our Write Minds, I’m posting a different poetry activity or tip list each week to help you incorporate more poetry into your homeschooling.

Pick one or two of these activities to do with your children to celebrate this special literary month. Together, discover the joy of poetry! [Psst … this post contains affiliate links to poetry resources I’m confident your family will enjoy.]

1. Write Magnetic Poems

Kick off National Poetry Month with your kids by putting up a magnet board (a cookie sheet works great) with magnetic words and encourage family members to create their own poems.  Get them started by reading short poems together and posting some of them near the magnet board.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a fun magnetic poetry kit for kids!Check out these fun magnetic word kits:

2. Enter a Poetry Contest

Encourage your budding poets to enter a contest. Here are several to consider:

Warning: There are lots of poetry contests out there, but they’re not all worth entering. Steer clear of bad poetry contests!

3. Hit the Library

April 8-14, 2012 also happens to be National Library Week! Check out several poetry anthologies from the library and keep them in a basket or on a shelf, along with pads of paper and pencils.

Encourage your children to read several poems each day, writing down the titles and authors of their favorites. When you return the anthologies, have each child check out a book of poems by just one author. For example, if your child wrote down a Shel Silverstein poem on her list, she may want to check out Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, or another book of poetry by Silverstein.

4. Host a Poetry Slam

A poetry slam is a competition where poets read or recite their original work. Host an open mic night or poetry slam where children are encouraged to share their own poems with family, friends, or your homeschool group. Enjoy homemade treats and present awards for “Most Original Poem,” “Best Use of Rhyme,”  “Happiest Poem,” or “Best Alliteration.” Give these a try! When you enjoy, share, and celebrate poetry, you begin building a lifelong appreciation for this well-loved genre.

Your Turn

Share one thing your family or classroom is doing to celebrate poetry this month. 

Photo: c.e. delohery, courtesy of Creative Commons
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