10 Ways for Kids To Experience Poetry

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We’ve recently introduced regular poetry reading and activities into our weekly routine and my kids, ages 8, 6, and 3, absolutely love it!  I’ve gathered some more resources together for kids to experience and enjoy poetry.

  1. Choose poetry that inspires your child.  We are just beginning to create our collection, but Malia at Playdough to Plato has some  great recommendations.  We discovered that our local library has a childrens’ poetry section. Every other week, I ask each of my children to choose one book from the section. That keeps our selection fresh. (you’ll see why in #8)
  2. Pair poetry readings with a great accompanying craft or activity. Here are some wonderful examples:
    Poetry Fireworks from Kristina of Toddler Approved.
    Photo Bookmarks from Laura at Come Together Kids.
    River of Words from Joel at Made By Joel.

    River of Words. Photo credit: Joel of Made by Joel

  3. Enjoy poetry on the go.
    Try a free iPhone poetry app. Put in a topic and see what poems are generated.
  4.  Keep a poetry journal. Even little ones can do it. Copy a poem onto paper and let them draw pictures to accompany it. Older kids can copy the words of the poem, too, to practice handwriting. Keep the poems and drawings in a notebook.
  5. Teach kids to compose their own poetry.
    Make poetry colleges, like Charlotte did at Make Do Friend.
    Give them poetry prompts and potential words to use, like Cathy at Nurture Store.
    Use fun poetry writing paper from Carolyn at The Wise Owl Factory.
    Make random word poems or give them poem prompts for a weather poem, like Amy did in her Simple Kids post.

    Poetry collages.  Photo credit: Charlotte from Make, Do, Friend

  6. Use music to teach poetry.
    Hip Hop music is very poetic, as Cathy at Nuture Store shows us.
  7.  Feature a poem or poet of the week or month.
    Make a Montessori poetry basket like Laura at My Montessori Journey.
    For many more Montessori poetry ideas Deb at Living Montessori Now has rounded them all up for you.
  8. Tuesday Tea Time– Set a fancy table, serve snacks, put a pile of poetry books on the table. Everyone chooses a poem to read or have read to them. It only takes a few minutes. Or sometimes a bit longer, when we get to talking about the poems. “Why is the boy sad?”  “Where did the sun go?” We started this weekly tradition 2 months ago, inspired by Julie Bogart, author of the BraveWriter program. It’s been a hit!

    Tuesday Tea Time poetry-for boys, too!

  9. Show kids a wide variety of poetry. Funny and serious. Rhyming and not. Classic and modern.  Check out Melissa’s post at Imagination Soup for many great examples in each of these categories.
  10. Act Out Poems. As you read, have your kids act out what is happening in the poem. After reading the poem through once, assign characters, ask questions about how the characters feel, what they are doing in the poem, etc. Then read the poem again while the kids act it out. You can also do this with dolls, action figures, stuffed animals, etc.

How do you share poetry with kids?

Linky parties I know and love.


  1. I love this. Can’t wait to incorporate this into our days..

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  2. Looking through all these wonderful books, I could’nt believe that you did’nt have Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”. It’s one of the best childrens poems of all time. I used it myself to make a finger puppet theatre out of all the carachters in it & I’d highly recommend picking it up. A lot of it has to do with the tone of voice you use while telling it.

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  3. Great round up of ideas!! Coming up with different ways to get my boys excited about poetry is challenging for me so I’m really thankful for this list. I pinned it!

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  4. Hi Julie,
    Thank you so much for your post which has so much information in it. We haven’t started on poetry officially yet, but you have certainly inspired us to do so. Thanks.

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  5. Love these ideas. Especially the Tuesday Tea. My kids would love that. I can’t wait to see if my library has a kids poetry section now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. We’ve certainly read poetry but haven’t yet written any of our own. We have an adventure writing journal and I think a poetry journal would be lovely too. Thanks for all the ideas and for linking them to the Weekly Kids’ Co-op 🙂

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  7. I’m new to homeschooling this year (3rd gr. and 1st, with a 2 year old and a 1 year old running around) and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get poetry into the curriculum in a meaningful way. THIS IS PERFECT. I LOVE the Tuesday Tea idea and I absolutely can’t wait to try it out. My girls will be over the moon! Thanks for these ideas.

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  8. What a lovely post…I will link to it right now from my poetry Facebook page and Pinterest too! I wanted to invite you to my blog,The Poem Farm, a searchable and ad-free site for children. Right now I have around 600 poems, searchable by topic and technique, as well as hundreds of accompanying lessons about finding ideas, line breaks, and more. I welcome you to stop by. http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Thank you again for this list! a.

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    • Wow, Amy, I love your site! Please come back and let us know when your books are published. Looking forward to exploring more of your writing and sharing it with my kids. I think they will really enjoy it. Thanks for linking and pinning. Following you on Twitter now.

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