April is National Poetry month in the U.S. and Canada.
What a great excuse to play with words! (As if we needed one!)
Add nature words into the mix and you have a recipe for lively poetic adventures.
Our natural world provides kids with everyday explorations that spark the senses, insight wonder, and give them tangible experiences to share through writing.
Want a little inspiration?
While going for a nature walk and noticing the little details all around will provide plenty of inspiration, I made up a PDF of nature words to help inspire the addition of nature to your explorations into poetry. You can download that here.
After you download them cut them out and keep them in an envelope (in your poetry folder) or put them in a bowl or jar.
Now, what will you do with these word cards?
Word Card Ideas
– Pick 5 Poem
Have each person pick five cards and use them in a poem.
– Build a Family Poem
Lay them all face down, or put them in a bowl or jar. Have each person in the family pick three cards (or more if you only have 2-3 people). Taking turns build a poem together with each person adding a word as you go around a circle. Have someone write the poem to keep in a poetry folder. (You can also use these words as an outline for your poem and add words to make it all blend together.)
– Create a Name
As in Build a Family Poem, take turns pulling cards and laying them out, then take a look at word combinations to make up names for the subject of your poetry. These word combos can be the names of characters, places, events, or even holidays.
These are just a few simple ideas to get you started. I find that once I pull things like this out the kids tend to run with ideas of their own. Feel free to follow your kiddos down the poetry rabbit trail and see where you end up!
While we have sections in our homeschool notebooks for poetry we are making up a poetry folder just for this month to keep all of our Poetry Month poems together. It does not take much; you can choose an old three-ring binder you have laying around (surly there is one that needs cleaning out), pick up a simple folder at the local stationary store, or stuff everything into a manila envelop or pizza box. Whatever works to keep it all together and foster some excitement about making additions to watch it grow!
Nature-Inspired Poetry Books We Love
One Big Rain
Trail: Paper Poetry Pop-Up
Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and More
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings
Birds of a Feather
– If you are looking for more ideas on how to add more poetry to everyday life check out the Brave Writer Poetry Teatime site. You will find tips, a quick start guide and more!
– Amy, over at Mama Scout, has a Poetry Jam going for the month of April. You can learn more and sign up here.
– Many of our “What’s That?” Wednesday PDF’s have word clouds you can use for inspiration. You can find those on our printables page.
Come on over to the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook group to share poetry ideas, favorite books, or the poems you create this month.
If you are not a member submit a request to join and I will add you ASAP.
Happy Poetry Month!
The April theme for the Mud Puddles Nature Lab is “In the Garden.” We are going to have a ton of fun exploring seeds, seedlings, pollinators, and more. If you don’t have a garden that’s okay! You can still come play with us as we explore nature with a garden theme in mind, no garden required!
To learn more and sign up click here.
Let me know if you have any questions!