World Poetry Day Celebrations for Kids

Child writing

World Poetry Day is celebrated annually on March 21. Originally established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1999, World Poetry Day recognizes the importance of this writing art.

How can you help your child to celebrate poetry’s big day?

Write a poem. Obviously, an easy answer. Instead of just putting pen to paper, have your child try writing a specific style of poetry or a poem in a genre from a different country. These could include a haiku, an ancient Greek ode or an Italian canzone.

Illustrate a piece of poetry. Ask your child to find and write out a favorite piece of poetry. Have him think about what the poem truly means or what the symbolism behind the words are. On a larger piece of paper (or poster board), have your child draw a picture that illustrates what the poem has to say. Glue or tape the poem to the picture to complete the project.

Create a family poem. Get together as a unit and write your own family poem. This should say something about who your family is.

Research a style. Pick a style/genre of poetry and help your child t research its history. Put together a timeline, a report or compile a DIY mini book that features famous poets that fit the focus.

Stage a poetry reading. Organize a reading at your child’s school, a community center or even at home!



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