April is National Poetry Month! In honor of the season, let’s play around with some easy spring poetry ideas. No matter how your kids feel about writing poems, I think they’ll love these simple, fun spring writing activities to add fun to their homeschool day.
Spring Acrostic Poems
Who says poems have to rhyme? Using the letters in the word SPRING, older children and teens can create an acrostic poem about the season. A line can be a single word, a phrase or partial thought, or a complete sentence.
This first poem is a series of simple descriptive phrases. Notice the repeated letters and sounds? Not only is this an acrostic, it’s alliterated too!
S unny skies
P lanting peppers
R omping like rabbits
I mpatiens and irises
N ew nests
G listening, green, and glorious!
Our second example turns a brief bit of vivid prose into a poem simply by dividing it into lines. If they break some sentences in the middle instead of at the end, your kids will give their acrostics a more poetic look and sound.
S parrows twitter nearby as I
P ress marigold seeds into the rich brown earth.
R eveling in the moment,
I wriggle my bare toes in the warm soil,
N ot wanting to go inside, even for supper.
G uess I have spring fever…
Spring Color Poems
For more spring poetry ideas, try these fun color poems. You can use color poems with younger children too!
Invite them to pick a favorite spring color—pink, green, purple, yellow, or blue, for example—and use plenty of descriptive words to create a poem.
Make sure their color poem includes
- Things they might SEE
- Sounds they might HEAR
- Textures they might FEEL
- Fragrances and aromas they might SMELL
- Flavors they might TASTE
- Feelings they might EXPERIENCE
Teach your kids not to use repeated or tired words that can steal life from their writing. Poetry depends on strong word choices to express a thought, so show them how to make each one count!
Here’s an example of a color poem that’s filled with vivid and sensory description. Let your kids use it as a template for their own color choice.
White is … daisies bobbing in the breeze
White is … frolicking lambs
White is … a fresh coat of paint on the front gate
White is … a gurgling creek
White tastes like … frosty vanilla ice cream
White smells like … a cool morning rain
White sounds like … clean sheets snapping on the clothesline
White feels like … a velvety bunny
White looks like … a cloud-filled sky
White makes me … sing for joy
White is … the purity of spring
Inspired by these spring poetry ideas? Your kids will be too! There’s no time like the present—now’s the perfect time to spring into poetry!
Poetry doesn’t have to be boring! Your kids will love Let’s Write Imagery Poems! This digital resource lets them have fun with words as they learn about the poetic devices and figures of speech that make poems so much fun to read!
Also, WriteShop Primary and WriteShop Junior homeschool curriculum feature at least one engaging poetry lesson in each level. Your children will have fun with poetry!