Poetry Box bubble time: Ashley reads 3 poems and I make up activities (a dinosaur question, PETS and swip swaps)



Ashley is 8 years old and lives on a 5 acre property in the glorious Horowhenua with his Mum, Dad, little sister, and two cats. He loves building lego creations and is an avid graphic novel reader.



Asley reads ‘Why did all the dinosuars die out?’ by Laura Ranger from Laura’s Poems



Ashley reads ‘George’s Pet’ by Margaret Mahy in A Treasury of NZ Poetry for Children (Random House)




Ashley reads ‘Swip Swap Day’ by Paula Green in Groovy Fish (Cuba Press)


Poetry Box Bubble time activities

Listen to the poems



Laura Ranger thought of a cool question for her poem. She oubkished that book when she was a child!

Can you think of a fascinating question, do a wee bit of research and then write a poem or do comic strip about it?

Illustrations and posters welcome!



Can you write a poem about the pet you have or the pet you would most like to have?

Can you imagine the most wonderful pet in the world (might be imaginary) and write about it?

Illustrations welcome!



Can you mix and match things like I did in my poem. I mixed up where animals live.

You could try that too in a poem or comic strip.

Or you could mix and match some thing else!

Surprise me!

Illustrations welcome.


send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put NAME OF 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:


Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS

Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my 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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