+ Do-It-Yourself: Holiday Poetry Activities for Kids

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From Poets.Org, two (and possibly three) poetry activities  for kids to make at this holiday season.

1.     Poem Ornaments or Mobiles


  • poets.org winter-themed shapes template
  • Many colors of construction paper or gift wrap
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or string
  • Markers, crayons, or paint
  • Stapler or tape

Optional (for Mobile)

  • A sturdy paper plate


  1. Print out Poets.org winter-themed shapes template and cut out each shape
  2. Trace and cut out the shapes from colorful construction paper or gift wrap
  3. Decorate with words/lines from winter or holiday poems (a selection of holiday and winter poems is listed below)
  4. With tape or stapler, attach two and a half inch  loop of string for each ornament 

To create a Mobile:  

  1. Draw a wide spiral on a paper plate
  2. Cut along the spiral
  3. Attach three or more shapes on strings along the spiral with tape/stapler
  4. Attach a 3-inch tail to the center of the spiral for hanging

2.     Poetry Snowglobe

Made from recycled jars…


  • Any type of jar with a lid
  • Hot glue gun or aquarium sealing glue
  • White or silver glitter, fake snow, or finely cut tinfoil
  • Wide, clear tape (such as packing tape
  • Scissors
  • A Poem, printed the right size to fit in the jar


  • Felt (to attach to the bottom)
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations to build a scene (tiny tree, figurine, greenery etc)


  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the jar and lid
  2. Cut out the printed poem so that it stands up vertically inside the jar
  3. Laminate the poem by covering it with overlapping layers of clear tape
  4. Attach figurines or other decorations to the inside of the jar lid using hot glue
  5. Fill the jar with cold water to within 1/2 inch of the top
  6. Sprinkle approximately 1/2 teaspoon of glitter, fake snow, or foil into the water (adjust glitter amount according to the size of your jar)
  7. Wipe the inside of the lid and the rim of the jar dry
  8. Line the inside of the lid and the rim with hot blue and screw the lid on tight
  9. Let the jar stand, lid side up overnight
  10. After the seal has set, you can line the top of the lid with felt, attach ribbon or further personalize your snowglobe
  11. Turn over, lid side down, and watch the snow fall!

Favorite Winter and Holiday Poems for Kids

  • “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement Clark Moore
  • “Picture-books in Winter” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Notes on the Spring Holidays [Hanukkah]” by Charles Reznikoff
  • “Snow-Flakes” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Blow,blow, thou winter wind” from As You Like It by Wm Shakespeare
  • “Winter -Time” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Winter Sleep” by Edith Thomas
  • “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “On Snow” by James Parton
  • “Snow Song” by Frank Dempster Sherman
  • “Woods in Winter” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Winter Twilight” by Anne Porter

 Click on the link below to access templates and copies of all the poems, as well as instructions for making a nifty New Year Poetry Calendar: http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21248?utm_source=poetsupdate_feature_121609&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=content&utm_content=diy_kids

source: of course — http://www.poets.org

tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


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