Writing Activities for Kids

Silly Poem Writing Exercise

Make your own fun poem!
Make your own fun poem!
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Have kids try this silly poem writing exercise and change the key words of old nursery rhymes or a favorite story to make a new, funny poem. Then draw pictures to match your new story.

What You'll Need:

  • Drawing paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn

Have kids cut several sheets of drawing paper in half, depending on how many pages they want their books to be. Then have them write a silly story on a page, and draw matching illustrations.

For example, instead of Mary having a little lamb, she could have a giant ham. Encourage kids to make themselves, their family, or their friends the characters in the story.

Kids can rewrite and illustrate several stories for their storybooks. If they want, they can add a table of contents and dedication page.

After kids have finished the inside pages, they can bind their new book. To make the front and back covers, fold a sheet of construction paper in half and punch four holes near the fold. Decorate the front page.

Then punch four holes in each page, making sure they line up with the holes on the covers. Place the pages inside the covers. Cut a piece of yarn, thread it through the holes, and tie it in a bow.

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