3D Spring poem
Spring ideas for home, nursery or schoolSpring 3D poem A ‘hands-on’ idea to ‘put a poem together’ – literally! Creating a 3D Spring poem is a wonderful, and surprisingly simple activity to carry out with young children. They will love looking for signs of Spring, and gathering them 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 child(ren) about how we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, smell with our nose, taste with our tongue and touch with our fingers. Write at the top of a large sheet of paper: ‘At Spring time’. Encourage your child(ren) to draw, down the left-hand side, a pair of eyes, a pair of ears, a nose, a mouth and a pair of hands. Talk about what we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch in the Spring, e.g: ‘see’ – birds’ nests, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, tadpoles, blossoms; ‘hear’ – lambs bleating, chicks ‘cheeping’; ‘smell’ – hyacinths, hot cross buns, chocolate Easter eggs; ‘taste’ – hot cross buns, Easter eggs; ‘touch’ – fluffy chicks, woolly lambs, smooth, decorated hens’ eggs; Gather together at least six ‘Spring’ items that can be handled. As far as possible, use real items, or models or pictures drawn by your child(ren), or cut from magazines, calendars and Easter cards. These could include, for example, a plasticine bird’s nest, a few real flowers or blossoms, a decorative Easter chick, a hot cross bun, a small chocolate egg, cotton wool (to represent lambs’ wool), a painted hen’s egg. Ask your child(ren) to put one or more items next to each symbol, to show what we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch in the Spring. When each symbol has an item (or two) next to it, talk through the poem together, e.g:
At Spring timeIf you wish, the poem can be written out. To see children ‘assembling’ a poem like this, please see Part 2, Chapter 4 of ‘Jamie’s and Megan’s Easter’, on the DVD ‘A child’s eye view of Festivals 2’.