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?
SWIP SWAP TIME
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!
send to email@example.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Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!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