Five Fun Poetry Exercises and Activities for Kids

Is your child a budding poet? Kids love writing poetry, because it allows them to be creative and express themselves in fun, non-rigid ways. Poetry activities are a great way to pass the time, especially on rainy days or long car rides. Here are five fun poetry exercises for you to try with your kids.


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Haiku Poems

A haiku is a charming Japanese form of poetry that kids love. It’s easy, but effective and interesting. Haikus are usually about nature, seasons, animals, and the like, although your child can write about whatever they want. There are three lines in a haiku. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven syllables. The third line has five syllables. That’s it! Three lines, 5-7-5. These are quick, simple, and fun.

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic poems are another children’s favorite. An acrostic poem is when you choose a word, write it vertically, and then create one line that begins with each letter of the word. Kids often like to do these with their names. Write your child’s name vertically, and have them come up with one line beginning with each letter of their name to create a poem that describes them. They can choose any word they want, too. The subject of the poem should match the word used.

Potluck Poems

To write potluck poems, you first need to come up with a list of random words. You can do this in a few different ways, but the point is this: Your children will write poems based on random combinations of the words. You’ll write the words on slips of paper, and let your kids pick them out of a bag. They then write a poem in whatever style they want that’s about the words they choose. This game can be very funny, depending on the words you write. A common way to do it is to have one bag of nouns, one bag of adjectives, and one bag of verbs, and your child will choose one from all three to form a phrase.

Point of View Poems

Another way to inspire your child’s poetic imagination is with point of view poems. Choose or ask your child to choose any object or animal. It could be an object in the room, their favorite animal, or anything at all. They then have to write a poem in any form from the point of view of the object or animal chosen. Long, free written poems are usually best, but your child can write whatever makes sense for them.

Limerick Poems

Limerick poems are also a lot of fun. These Irish poems are traditionally funny (although usually in a naughty way). Encourage your children to have fun writing these poems about anything at all. Limericks have a great rhythm to them. They are five lines, and the rhyme pattern is: AABBA. That is, the first, second, and last lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.

Elain Valentine is a college student and writing tutor who has a passion for poetry and loves encouraging others to write. She loves to blog about everything from literary education to the best grammar checkers available.

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