Poetry Box bubble time: Amelia (8) reads three children’s poems and I offer activities


Amelia is 8 years old and lives in Tauranga.
She loves roller skating, fishing, kayaking and archery.

Amelia has recorded three poems from A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children edited by Paula Green, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Random House)

I love these! Thank you so much Amelia! I love the way you have brought the poems to life! I loved listening so much!!

I have more readings by children on the way which is super cool!




Can you find a tree that fascinates you? It might be big or small, covered in leaves or losing them. AUTUMN is a really good time to hunt down a cool tree.

Can you show me the tree you pick in a poem? And in a drawing? Can you find a fascinating fact about your tree.

Can you invent or imagine a tree and show it to me in a poem?

I have been itching to write a tree poem – I am growing it in my head until it is ready to come out!





What are words like to you? Make a list of your favorourite words. Can you put them in a poem or a word collage?

Why do you like poems? What do poems remind you of? What kind of poems do you like? Can you turn your thoughts into a poem?

You could do a list poem. A poem is …. A poem is … A poem is …






I had fun writing this poem because I played with rhyme! I used titles of books I loved reading to my daughters when they were young.

I mixed up the titles of books using tricky rhyme and easy rhyme. How many titles can you guess?

Where the Mild Things Are is    Where the Wild Things Are

Lord of the Rungs  is    ????

Elastic Mr Fox is   ????


Make a list of your favourite books.

Try changing the titles like I have in my poem.

Now make a poem with them. Will it tell a story? Will it sound good?


I also did this with a poem in Groovy Fish called ‘What Goes on under the Bed’

I changed loads of children’s book titles and put them under the bed. Here is the start of

the poem:


Under my bed is a secret yard hen,

green legs and lambs

Alice in Thunderland

and hiccups and Amazons.

Each night the old woman who swallowed a dice

reads The Adventures of Thin Pin, Each Beach Bare Thumb

and a Wink in Time.


Do try one of my activities. I post children’s work every Friday and have at least one book to give away.


send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put TREASURY challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it

don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)


There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children. I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.


You can also try these Poetry Box activities:


Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge

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


kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining










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