This is a ‘hands-on’ idea to ‘put a poem together’ – literally! Wonderful for seasons and festival times too.
Creating a 3D poem is a fun, and simple experience to enjoy with young children. They love looking for signs of any season, and gathering items together to make this special poem. It will also make them aware of how they use their senses to explore the world around them.
Talk with your children about how we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, smell with our nose, taste with our tongue and touch with our hands and fingers.
Talk about what we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch in the particular season e.g. for autumn:
‘see’ – leaves, pumpkins, lanterns, fireworks, berries, nuts, squirrels, hedgehogs, Blue Tits
‘hear’ – whooshing fireworks, crackly leaves
‘smell’ – wet leaves, Harvest bread
‘taste’ – apples, blackberry jam, pomegranates, chestnuts
‘touch’ – prickly conker cases, smooth conkers, crinkly leaves, gourds
Gather together at least six seasonal items that can be handled. As far as possible, use real items, or models or pictures drawn by your children, or cut from magazines, calendars and cards. Spread the items (e.g. on a builder’s tray) on the floor. Lay a piece of wallpaper about 2 metres long, reverse side upwards, on the floor. Write at the top of the paper: ‘At autumn time we…’ Write at the top of the paper: ‘At (autumn)time’. Encourage your children to draw, down the left-hand side of the wallpaper, a pair of eyes, a pair of ears, a nose, a mouth and a pair of hands.
Ask your children to put one or more items from the builder’s tray next to each symbol, to show what we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch in the autumn.
When each symbol has an item (or two) next to it, talk through the poem together, e.g:
At autumn time
We see pumpkins and orange leaves
We hear whooshing fireworks
We smell Harvest bread
We taste pomegranates
We touch prickly conker cases and smooth conkers.
If you wish, the poem can be written out.
To see children ‘assembling’ a spring and Easter poem like this, please see Part 2, Chapter 4 of ‘Jamie’s and Megan’s Easter’, on the award-winning DVD ‘A child’s eye view of Festivals 2’.