This is a poem that I sometimes take into schools. It’s a simile poem I guess, where you compare one thing to another thing, or lots of other things. I did a series of visits to a school in Featherston where they had some big trees in their school grounds, and I took the students outside so they could choose a tree and think up their own comparisons.
Try writing a poem like this, based on an object that you can find in your house – or maybe in your garden or garage, but somewhere within the “bubble” where you are living.
See how many other things you can compare it to!
I’ve given you some suggestions on the video, but I’m sure you will have plenty of great ideas of your own. Good luck!
Philippa Werry writes for children and young people. She writes fiction, nonfiction, stories, poems and plays, magazines and newspaper articles. Her website here.
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You can also try these Poetry Box activities:
Make a memory album or page
Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!
Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside
Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat
Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own
Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks
Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things
Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!
Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!
Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem
Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge
Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read
Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library
Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email
Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges