Poetry is one of the most ancient and widespread activities of the arts. Poetry was originally connected with music and song, but later gained its independence. Today, poetry is divided into different types such as lyrical, narratives, ballads, romance, and dramatic play, limericks, cinquains, and haikus.
Poetry is a way to incorporate nature and the outdoors. Even one of the most famous poetry lines talks about flowers.. “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Because they were inspired by nature. Now, don’t think that poems have to be lengthy and be of Shakespearean quality. Some of the best poems that kids write are simple, but they have vast deep meaning to them, and they make sense to them.
Fall is a beautiful time to have your kids go on a nature walk. The senses are on overload as they may feel a crisp breeze on their face, they may smell apples in the air, or taste pumpkin pie. Take your children on a nature walk, and then have them write a poem about what they saw, felt, or imagined as they were walking.
Here are some examples of poems that younger children may like best
Acrostic Poems: Use a word and put it vertically finding words that describe the main word such as the Word FALL
Shape Poems: pick an animal and write words that describe the animal but put the words into the shape of the animal
Haiku Poems: 3 lines: 1st line is 5 syllables, 2nd line is 7 syllables, and 3rd line is 5 syllables non rhyming
Color Poem: Have your kids pick their favorite color and then write a poem using similies