April is National Poetry Month, which makes my English heart flutter. Of course, I had to get Mila writing poetry too.
To create watercolor poetry with a toddler, here’s what you’ll need:
So you’re probably thinking, how can an almost three year old write poetry? Well, after spending all day with a chatty toddler, they end up saying pretty important things. Even if they don’t realize it!
A couple weeks ago, I did six word memoirs with my students. Before the lesson, I came up with a few at home. Mila, unknowingly, helped contribute as well.
She said one silly thing and another one that really made me think. Both are great pieces of poetry…
Stinky girl, I don’t know you.
Don’t touch bumblebees that fly high.
Okay, the first one made me laugh a lot. But, it’s something I don’t want to ever forget.
The second one made me think. She definitely meant it literal, but I thought deeply about it. For me, it meant like don’t mess up something that’s going well. That’s what makes poetry so much fun.
To showcase Mila’s wise words, we made watercolor paintings. I had her use whatever colors she wanted. It came up a little messy and sort of made me think of stinky girls or that sort of idea.
Then, I created the lavender and bee watercolor for her bumblebee poem.
This is a very simple way to introduce poetry to your child. It’s only six words! I believe that when kids see their work showcased, they know it’s good too. Letting Mila know those were her words, goes a long way.
I can’t wait to build upon poetry for Mila. It’s a beautiful way to express oneself.
Another alternative for this activity is to let your child do any type of watercolor activity and then you come up with the words.
Either way, you both can be creative and let each other know poetry isn’t that scary.
Let me know in the comments if you ever write poetry and if or how you introduce it to your children.