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Kids’ poetry activities from Pinterest

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

Pinterest is filled with resources, tips, and ideas to use in your homeschool. Since April is National Poetry Month, what better time to share a few favorite poetry activities from our Pinterest Poetry Board? While reading and listening to poems, creating poetry notebooks, and learning about poetic devices, your kids’ interest in poetry will surely grow!

Most of these can be used with all ages, from elementary through high school.

1. Paint Chip Poetry

Start by gluing words from magazines onto paint chip pieces (or just writing the words on the chips). Then set your kids loose making poems from the word chips. They can arrange and rearrange to their hearts’ delight until they’ve created the perfect paint chip poem.

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

Paint Chip Poetry

2. Poetic Devices Mini Book

Teaching poetic devices? You’ll love these free Figures of Speech mini posters to download and print.

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

Poetic Devices Minibook

3. RhymeZone

RhymeZone, an online rhyming dictionary, helps kids find rhyming words, “near” rhymes, and rhymes by number of syllables. It’s a great resource when they’re trying to find just the right word for their verse!

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

4. Five Fabulous Features of Children’s Poetry

Explore poetry with fun listening activities that help your children identify five exciting features of poetry:

  • onomatopoeia
  • rhyme
  • repetition
  • alliteration
  • poetic devices such as metaphors and personification

It’s an entertaining way for newbies to dip their toes into the unfamiliar waters of poetry.

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

5 Features of Children’s Poetry

5. Popcorn Poetry! Repetition and Onomatopoeia

Pop! Bang! Zing! Work on poetic elements of repetition and onomatopoeia using popcorn as the springboard. This activity is especially fun for your youngest poets!

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

Popcorn Poetry

6. How to Keep a Poetry Notebook

Creating and maintaining a poetry notebook is a wonderful way to help children and teens appreciate poetry. Their notebooks can contain poems they write themselves, verses they copy onto specialty papers, poets’ biographies, and more.

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

Keeping a Poetry Notebook

7. “I Am” Poems

Art and poetry meet in these colorful, eye-catching pieces—a beautiful way for kids to identify their best character qualities. 

Delightful poetry activities from Pinterest appeal to all ages! Ideas include art projects, poetry notebooks, and poetry resources,

“I Am” Poems

You might also enjoy 8 writing ideas from Pinterest (mostly for elementary grades) and 7 Pinterest ideas for high school writing. Be sure to follow all of our great Pinterest boards for loads of writing, teaching, and homeschooling ideas!

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Poem in Your Pocket | Free Printable

April 24th  is Poem in Your Pocket Day! What a great reason to throw a poetry party, plan a poetry craft, commit a favorite poem to memory, or write your own piece of prose! To help celebrate this literary holiday, we have created a Poem in Your Pocket free printable, which includes some our very favorite poems.

Free Printable Poems

This poetry printable contains 9 public domain poems for you to print out and use. You can roll up one poem like a scroll and place in your pocket, cut out all the pages and staple them together to create a poem booklet, or glue a poem or two onto a craft project. And because these poems are short, any one of them would also be perfect to memorize.

Free printable with 9 delightful, kid-friendly poems to clip or memorize. Perfect for Poem in Your Pocket Day!

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5 fabulous features of children’s poetry

Teach kids to listen for these features of children's poetry: onomatopoeia, repeated sounds, repeated words, rhyme, and figurative language.

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In honor of National Poetry Month, I invite you to open up the world of poetry to your children by exploring a favorite anthology and listening for elements that make poetry come to life! Today we’re going to take a peek at onomatopoeia, repetition of sounds, repetition of words, rhyme, and figurative language.

Discovering Children’s Poetry

I practically cut my teeth on Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. Our bookshelves at home were well-stocked with volumes of poetry, both classical and modern. I knew Longfellow, Dickinson, and Chaucer, but somehow, except for that dear Stevenson book (and a hefty dose of Dr. Seuss!), I never really discovered children’s poetry.

Random House Book of PoetryA children’s literature class in college changed all that, exposing me to this delightful genre through the works of Christina Rossetti, Walter de la Mare, Rachel Field, and others.

Years later, I stumbled across The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (now dog-eared and tattered from loving use). Compiled by Jack Prelutsky, this anthology is filled with classic and contemporary poems children love.

Many nights, the girls would snuggle in bed as I introduced them to Myra Livingston Cohn, Eve Merriam, and other poets who wove tiny tapestries from vibrant words and figurative language. They loved the whimsical, fanciful, and often-humorous poems we would read together at bedtime!

Introducing Poetry to Children

Children’s poems excite the senses and imagination with literary devices, vivid vocabulary, and the pure joy of words. A good poem usually features several poetic devices. As you read aloud to your kids, help them listen for these fabulous features.

1. Listen for Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates a sound. Invite your kids to listen for words like buzz, gulp, swish, oink, clink, and bang. “Fishes’ Evening Song” by Dahlov Ipcar is filled with examples of onomatopoea, making the poem especially fun to read aloud.

Water falls
Drop by drop,
Plip plop,
Drip drop,
Plink plunk,
Splash splish…

2. Listen for Repeated Sounds

Alliteration results when words that appear close together share the same beginning sound. Your kids will enjoy listening for examples of alliteration, such as Christmas cake for a clatter of kids or Brighter than a blossom / Thinner than a thread.

A form of alliteration known as consonance focuses on the same consonant sound in the middle or end of a word, as in Jasmine’s bees went crazy / When the mower cut the flower.

“Sing Me a Song” by N. M. Bodecker is not only loaded with examples of alliteration and consonance, it’s just pure fun to recite!

Sing me a song
of teapots and trumpets:
Trumpots and teapets
And tippets and taps,
trippers and trappers
and jelly bean wrappers
and pigs in pajamas
with zippers and snaps…

3. Listen for Repeated Words

Repetition in poetry is pleasant to the ear, making it a common occurrence in children’s poems. Not only can poems contain repeated sounds, they also can contain repeated words. Here’s a fun example: Whether the weather be fine / Or whether the weather be not Whether the weather be cold / Or whether the weather be hot …

Along with alliteration and consonance, Karla Kuskin uses word repetition in her poem “Spring.”

I’m shouting
I’m singing
I’m swinging through trees
I’m winging sky-high
With the buzzing black bees.
I’m the sun
I’m the moon
I’m the dew on the rose.
I’m a rabbit
Whose habit
Is twitching his nose…

4. Listen for Rhyme

Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, but many poems do. Train your kids’ ears to listen for lines that end in the same sound.

Couplets feature two rhyming lines in a row, as in “Eletelephony” by Laura E. Richards. This rhyming pattern is called AABB.

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone

Sometimes, every other line in a poem will rhyme, as in James Stephens’s “The White Window.” This rhyming pattern is called ABAB.

The Moon comes every night to peep
Through the window where I lie:
But I pretend to be asleep;
And watch the Moon go slowly by

In other poems, only the second and fourth lines might rhyme, as in “The Morns Are Meeker Than They Were” by Emily Dickinson. This rhyming pattern is called ABCB.

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown,
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town

5. Listen for Figurative Language

Poetry leaves no room for dull, boring words. Through a poet’s use of descriptive language, your children will be able to picture a poem’s colors, sounds, and textures. Similes, metaphors, and personification are examples of figurative language. Figurative language contains images that compare one thing to something else.

Similes compare two things that are basically different but have strong similarities. Similes compare by saying “this is like that.” They use LIKE or AS to make the comparison. May Swenson uses a simile in “The Woods at Night.”

The binocular owl
fastened to a limb
like a lantern

Like similes, metaphors also compare two unlike things, but without the words LIKE or AS. Metaphors simply say “this is that.” In “All Kinds of Time,” Harry Behn writes metaphorically about time.

Seconds are bugs
minutes are children
hours are people
days are postmen

And in this example of personification, James Stephens’s poem “Check” makes Night seem like a mysterious woman.

The Night was creeping on the ground!
She crept, and did not make a sound
Until she reached the tree: And then
She covered it, and stole again.
Along the grass beside the wall!
—I heard the rustling of her shawl
As she threw blackness everywhere
Along the sky, the ground, the air…

Children’s poetry is a delight to the senses. I hope you jump right in—a wonderful world of words awaits!

Image: Guy Evans, courtesy of Creative Commons

How to write Christmas shape poems

Help kids practice free verse poetry with holiday alliteration, contrast, and onomatopoeia!

CHRISTMAS themes make writing activities a whole lot merrier! If you’re looking for a poetry lesson with a holiday twist, then gather the kids for an hour of writing Christmas shape poems.

Last month we spotlighted rhyming poetry activities. Today we’re excited about writing free verse poetry. Free verse has no set requirements for the number of lines, syllables, or rhymes. Instead, free verse relies on lyrical phrases that trip lightly off the tongue when read aloud.

Christmas Shapes

For your child’s free verse poem, choose a simple Christmas shape such as a tree, star, or snowman. This will determine the shape of the poem. A strong-willed writer will need few guidelines to build her poem into a recognizable shape. If your child prefers specific directions, however, you should draw an outline on a blank sheet of paper. Use a ruler to fill in the outline with 8-10 straight lines. When these blank lines are filled, the poem is finished.

Help your child brainstorm different aspects of his Christmas shape. If your son chose the snowman, he might think of cold weather, colorful mittens, and imaginary friends. Now he has three possible topics for his Christmas shape poem. Using our winter word bank, he could expand with words like cozy hat, snow bank, or bare branches.

For poems with a specific Christmas theme, direct your children toward two different word banks, one focused on Jesus’ birth and the meaning of Christmas, and the other filled with words about Old St. Nick, holiday feasts, and trimming the tree.

Example: “A Mountain of Pine”




So tall

Strung with lights

Branches sag

Ornaments dance

A mountain of pine needles

Fills our home with forest fragrance

Children gaze at the angel above

Cats snuggle in piles of presents below


Poetic Devices

Without relying on rhymes, writers can enhance their free verse poems using a few other tricks of the trade. Help your child understand and apply the three poetic devices below:


Ask your kids to include at least one or two instances of alliteration in their shape poems. Adjacent nouns can create alliteration (“piles of presents”), or a noun and an adjective can achieve a similar effect (“forest fragrance”). If a completed poem contains no alliteration, help your child go back and find alliterative synonyms for existing words.


Through careful word choices, free verse poetry can leave strong impressions on the reader. Help young writers create a memorable poem with careful contrast:

  • Contrast light and dark colors (flaming star / ebony sky)
  • Contrast small and large items (pea-sized button / floppy felt hat)
  • Contrast opposite actions (sag / dance; gaze above / snuggle below)


Sound words can make any piece of writing come alive! Encourage your children to insert onomatopoeia into their free verse poems whenever possible. When it comes to a snowy gust of wind, a shy forest animal, or a melting icicle, sound words are a wonderful way to “show—don’t tell.”

I hope you and your children enjoy creating your Christmas shape poems! Who knows … maybe one will end up on next year’s family Christmas card.

WriteShop Blog--In Our Write MindsDaniella Dautrich is a WriteShop alumna and a graduate of Hillsdale College. She and her husband fill their home with books on writing, literature, and computer science. Daniella also blogs at www.waterlilywriter.com.

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Rhymes for sale! A rhyming poetry game for kids

A fun game to help kids learn rhyme patterns and build rhyming poems

FROM read-aloud books to television jingles to crazy tongue twisters, rhyming words can instruct or entertain kids of all ages. Let your kids try this rhyming poetry game, and see how much they learn while they’re busy playing with words!

In this game, children become beggar poets who earn their living by creating clever word pairs and short rhyming poems. If one of your youngsters has a hard time finding words, don’t wait until he’s frustrated—let him think for a few minutes, then help him choose from a word list in a rhyming dictionary.


You need currency for this game, so pick something you have plenty of on hand. You could use:

  • Pennies and nickels
  • Monopoly money
  • Bright buttons, beads, dried beans, or even paperclips!

Now, prepare a list of words your children must rhyme—at least four words for each child. Take age into consideration when writing your word list:

  • One-syllable words for kindergarteners and first graders (see, cry, bug, light)
  • Two-syllable words for second and third graders (raccoon, singing, couches, cuddle)
  • Three-syllable words for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders (lemonade, telescope, underground, evergreen)

A Penny, Please: Rhyming Words

The game begins with a lively conversation. Feel free to catch up on washing dishes or folding laundry while you recite your pairt:

Children: Rhymes for sale! Rhymes for sale!

Mom: Little beggars, what do you want today?

Children: We’re selling rhymes! Haven’t you heard? Do you need a rhyme for your favorite word?

Mom: Let me see…. I do need a rhyme for “bug.”

Children: Rug! Snug! Plug! Pug!

Mom: Thank you, that’s just what I needed today. Here are pennies for everyone.

A Dollar Earned: Rhyming Poems

Now, ask each child to write a short rhyming poem with the word pairs they just created. Suggest one of these simple rhyme patterns:



I open my eyes and suddenly see (A)

A creature staring back at me. (A)

Six tiny legs make others cry (B)

But I am brave–my eyes are dry. (B)

Before I catch this tiny bug, (C)

It starts to run across the rug. (C)

Then I flip on the amber light (D)

And, oh! That gives my bug a fright! (D)



I dreamed I was a silly raccoon (A)

In moonlit branches singing. (B)

I laughed at lightning, thunder, monsoon, (A)

And in the trees kept swinging. (B)

My raccoon house had comfy couches (C)

Where little raccoons could cuddle. (D)

Our blankets were in sturdy pouches, (C)

Until I dropped them in a puddle. (D)



I bought a pint of lemonade– (A)

Just before the big parade– (A)

And hid it underground. (B)

You looked into your telescope (C)

And watched for deals on cantaloupe (C)

But fruit was nowhere to be found. (B)

We climbed a sturdy evergreen (D)

And shared the milk from my canteen (D)

With chocolate to go around. (B)

A Poet’s Reward

When a child completes his rhyming poem, pay a “dollar” in return. It doesn’t matter if the poems are silly or fanciful. The goal of this poetry game is to teach a love for words and a better grasp of syllables and meter.

Finally, your beggar poets have earned their day’s wages. Let them buy lunch, snacks, or desserts from your kitchen. And, while they’re busy munching away, encourage them to think of words for Mom to rhyme tomorrow!

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How to Write a Diamante Poem

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Daniella Dautrich is a WriteShop alumna and a graduate of Hillsdale College. She and her husband fill their home with books on writing, literature, and computer science. Daniella also blogs at www.waterlilywriter.com.

Photo: Oliver Quinlan, courtesy of Creative Commons

Printable Writing Prompt for June

Slip in some summer writing by having your children create an acrostic poem! Each line can be one word, a phrase, or a sentence. See how creative you can be! Afterwards, illustrate your acrostics or decorate the page with photos cut from a magazine.

Summer Writing Prompt

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Here’s a link to May’s printable writing prompt, and be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

Poetry moment: The Star-Spangled Banner

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O! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,

Between their lov’d home, and the war’s desolation,

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land,

Praise the Power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our Trust;”

And the star-spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,

O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

~ Fourth Stanza of “The Defence of Fort McHenry”

Francis Scott Key wrote “The Defence of Fort McHenry” during the War of 1812. The Baltimore Patriot published the poem on September 20, 1814. A congressional resolution declared these famous words – now known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” – to be our official national anthem on March 3, 1931.

This Memorial Day, we gratefully remember all those who have given their lives defending our country and our freedom.

Photo: Carissa Rogers, courtesy of Creative Commons.

7 tips for teaching free verse poetry

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WHEN you think of free verse poetry, do words like modern, unfamiliar, or even scary come to mind? It’s probably because much of modern poetry is either too confusing or too graphic.

The good news is that some poets have combined the best of literary talent and historic research, and their work is too good to pass up! That’s why I am recommending Margarita Engle and her free verse novel The Poet Slave of Cuba for our April celebration of National Poetry Month.

This is the story of Juan Francisco Manzano, a talented boy growing up on the sugar plantations of nineteenth-century Spanish Cuba. His greatest curse—and his greatest blessing—is this: he is the Poeta-Esclavo, the Poet Slave.

Engle’s book masterfully portrays the tragic struggles and sweet triumphs of a slave culture in the not-so-distant past. The stories, while tastefully drawn, do portray human suffering in a stark, startling manner. For that reason, this book is recommended for high school, or perhaps junior high at the parent’s discretion. As you read this book, keep in mind the following tips for teaching free verse poetry.

1. Compare Free Verse Poetry with Prose

Poets usually write free verse poetry using grammatical, non-rhyming sentences. Their free verse stanzas might look deceptively similar to prose. Help your children understand the difference between poetry and everyday prose using this exercise:

  • Choose a stanza from The Poet Slave or other poem. Example: I am the big brother of two freeborn babies, twins / a brother and sister, my own / free, so free, / while I am not.
  • Ask your child to rewrite the stanza in their own words, using as few words as possible. Example: I am older than my baby brother and sister. They are twins. Both of them are free, but I am not free.
  • Read the two versions out loud until your children can hear the difference.

2. Read Aloud to Understand Lines and Pauses

A line in a free verse poem can be as long as a sentence or as short as a single word. Poets put great care into making each line the perfect length to convey a thought or a feeling. Teach your children about pauses at the end of lines by taking turns reading aloud:

  • Practice breathing at the end of lines, not in the middle of them.
  • Take shorter pauses at the line break when a sentence in one line is continued in the next.
  • Take longer pauses at the line break when the two lines have separate thoughts.

You may also enjoy a more in-depth discussion of stanzas and line breaks in free verse poetry.

3. Identify Imagery and Themes

tips for teaching free verse poetry, reading poetry, imagery, themes, free verse, poemsIn The Poet Slave, references to feathers, wings, and birds start appearing in the very first stanza. This poem, however, is not about birds. The story is about a mind, soul, and body longing to be free. Note how the imagery (feathers, wings) and the theme (freedom) are closely tied together.

When you study free verse poetry, help your children identify the key images in the poem. Ask them to keep a list of ways these images are used. Most importantly, help them see the parallels between the imagery and the overarching theme.

4. Watch for Alliteration

In The Poet Slave, the proud Marquesa says:

They flicker all around him, like fireflies in the night.

This is an example of alliteration. This poetic device is fun to find—and even more fun to read. Keep an eye out for alliteration when reading free verse poetry.

5. Listen for Sound Patterns

Teach your children to be aware of sound patterns in free verse poetry. Interesting sound patterns show up when the words in a poem mimic the sounds in the story. We can almost feel la Marquesa slowly exhaling when she says:

The sight of so much invisible music
makes me sigh.

6. Try a Hands-On Experience

The Poet Slave of Cuba offers a first-person glimpse of a house slave’s world: the central courtyard, the tiled floor mosaics, the delicate blooms of tuberose and jasmine. When you read a free verse poem with your children, try to find real-world examples of things in the poem. For example:

  • The art enthusiasts in your family will appreciate making a mosaic with brightly colored scraps of paper.
  • If you live in California or Florida, you might visit a historic Spanish-style home such as the Casa de Rancho Cucamonga.

7.  Make a Character Study

A character study can be as informal as a lunchtime discussion between you and your child. It can include a T-Chart to compare the inner qualities of two characters in the story. Or, you may assign a character study essay. Your older child will choose one person in the poem (such as Juan) and write about how he learns to overcome his own character flaws.

For example, the poet slave Juan is surrounded by superstition from an early age, and he sometimes wishes that he knew how to pray. His journey into manhood teaches him not only about faith in God, but also about the true meaning of mercy.

I hope you’re excited to try a study of free verse poetry with your family, and especially your high schoolers! If you want to start with a shorter poem, try one of these classics:

Daniella Dautrich is a WriteShop alumna and a graduate of Hillsdale College. She and her husband fill their home with books on writing, literature, and computer science. Daniella blogs at www.waterlilywriter.wordpress.com.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day, Scarlet Pimpernel

This article contains affiliate links for books I’m confident your family will love! Poem in Your Pocket Day is a day when ordinary folks do unusual, unexpected things . . . when beautiful and noble thoughts are hidden away just out of sight, tucked inside a common exterior (in this case, probably denim).

All this reminds me of one of my favorite heroes: The Scarlet Pimpernel. If you and your family have not yet read the classic novel by Baroness Orczy, run to the library right now because you’re in for a treat. Then, why not join me in making Poem in Your Pocket Day a day to remember – Scarlet Pimpernel style!

Choose a Verse for Poem in Your Pocket Day

If possible, visit the home of an old, mysterious relative. Ask to see their library, and pull the oldest book of poetry off of the dustiest bookshelf you can find. A yellowed page with long-forgotten pressed flowers should provide the perfect passage for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Or, consider one of these ideas:

Write It Down

Now it’s time to copy your poem by hand (using a quill pen, of course). For an extra splash of adventure, try one of these projects on for size:

  • Write your poem on a white piece of paper, and carefully fold it into a square note. Then, ask an experienced adult to singe the edges with a match, candle, or stove flame. Now, it will appear that you have saved a precious poem from destruction by fire.
  • Make a tiny scroll. Write down your poem, roll the paper tightly, and tie it with a red ribbon. Others might just believe that you are carrying a royal announcement in your coat lining.
  • Make a tiny book. If you feel especially inspired, give it a cloth cover (leather or silk are preferred). Write one line of your poem on each page. Now, dip the edge of each page in water. This will make your pocket poetry book appear to be a relic of several long ocean voyages.

What to Do With It

The whole point of Poem in Your Pocket Day is to share the wonder and grace of poetry with others. You can always share your poem selection on Twitter—the modern, up-to-date way—using the hashtag #pocketpoem. However, I think the Scarlet Pimpernel would have especially approved of the following methods:

  • Mail your poem to a dear and faraway friend. Tell your friend that you carried this poem in your pocket for a whole day, and you thought of your friend every hour.
  • Place your poem in a sea-worthy bottle, and set the bottle afloat. Someday, someone will find this beautiful poem, and wonder for years to come about the person who sent it.
  • Read your poem and say it to yourself until you have it memorized. When someone asks about your day at the dinner table, you can reply something like this:

I went out to the hazel wood, / Because a fire was in my head, / And cut and peeled a hazel wand, / And hooked a berry to a thread; / And when white moths were on the wing, / And moth-like stars were flickering out, / I dropped the berry in a stream / And caught a little silver trout. (William Butler Yeats, “The Song of a Wandering Aengus”)

You can also check out these Poem in Your Pocket Day ideas, or download a free printable containing nine pocket-sized poems that are perfect for children!

How will you celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day? Leave a comment and let us know if you joined the fun!

Daniella Dautrich is a WriteShop alumna and a graduate of Hillsdale College. She and her husband fill their home with books on writing, literature, and computer science. Daniella blogs at www.waterlilywriter.wordpress.com.

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Mother’s Day writing activities

Mothers Day Writing Activities - Gift-giving from the heart!

MOTHER’S DAY is right around the corner. Time for breakfast in bed, roses, homemade cards, and extra snuggles!

There’s just one teeny-weeny problem: unless your children are self-motivated (or Dad’s on the ball), you may find yourself pouring your own orange juice, quietly weeping into the pancake batter, and emailing yourself a sappy e-card to mark the occasion!

Instead, be proactive and ask your children to write or create something special for you for Mother’s Day. Whether it’s a letter, essay, card, poem, or simple crafty gift, it will bring you joy to bask in your children’s sentiments on your special day!

Mother’s Day Writing Prompts

Journaling about Mother’s Day can help your kids focus on the important role of motherhood. Whether they write about special times you’ve shared together or ways you show love to your family, your kids may gain a better appreciation of what it means to be a mom.

Type up, print, and cut out the following prompts. Tell your children how much you love getting special notes and letters from them, and invite them to choose the prompt(s) they want to write about. Make craft supplies and fancy paper available in case they also want to create a card.

Prompt Ideas

  • Tell why you love your mom.
  • Explain how you know your mom loves you.
  • Tell how you know your mother loves being a mom.
  • Write about some important things you have learned from your mom.
  • What are some things you can do to make your mom’s life easier?
  • What do you think is the hardest part about being a mom?
  • If you could give your mom anything in the world for Mother’s Day, what would it be?
  • Describe something that made your mom really happy.
  • Write about five things a good mom must do.
  • How can you tell when your mom is proud of you?
  • Write a list of 10 things you appreciate about your mom.
  • What are three of your favorite things about your mom? Write about them.
  • Why is it important to celebrate your mom with her own special day?
  • Write a prayer thanking God for the things that make your mother special.

Mother’s Day Poems

  • Write a cinquain or haiku poem about mothers (or about your mom).
  • Write an acrostic poem about your mom using the letters in the word “MOTHER.” Older kids might enjoy the challenge of using all the letters in “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY,” while younger ones can write a simpler acrostic using “MOM” or “LOVE.”
  • Ask a young child to think of words that describe you (soft, huggable, kind, loving, beautiful, warm, friendly). Then have her compare some of those traits to familiar things. For example, she might say, “Mommy is as soft as a marshmallow.” Help her create a simile poem like this one:

Mommy is as sweet as _______.
Mommy is as gentle as _______.
Mommy is as huggable as _______.
My mommy is ________.

Mother’s Day Cards and Crafts

Mother's Day Card [front]I realize it may be hard to actually ask your kids to make you a Mother’s Day card or gift, but maybe you can hint to your husband or teen to organize younger children to make one of these fun crafts!

No matter how your family celebrates you, I pray each of my mom friends enjoys a special Mother’s Day surrounded by those you love the most.

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Your Turn

What was your most memorable Mother’s Day? OR, what is the most special Mother’s Day gift you’ve received?

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