This is Bethells Beach, Te Henga, where I can now drive to early in the morning. Usually there are hardly any people at that time, but now there are a few surfers, runners, dog walkers, strollers, daydreamers, super-fast walkers … and loads of shore birds. There is heaps of room. I often get ideas when I am walking. They roll about in my head like little waves.
Today I invite you to watch the video (under 2 minutes!). I have at least one book to give away.
Jot down everything that pops into your head as you watch the ocean.
Use your eyes and ears!
Choose one thing you have written down as a SPRINGBOARD to a poem.
Play with how the words RIPPLE on the line.
Play with how the lines LOOK on the page.
Say your poem out loud and listen to the movement of the words.
LEAVE YOUR POEM FOR AT LEAST ONE DAY. This is poem 1.
After a few days (or one day) write a new version of the poem. Add something new into the poem.
It might be from the list of things you jotted down.
It might be something surprising!
It might be your own beach memory.
It might be someone doing something.
It might be a bird doing something.
You might hear something different.
It might be something surprising you spot in the sand.
This is poem 2
Make sure you give the poems titles. You can illustrate them. You could use coloured pencils, crayons, felt pens, paint.
send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I will have at least one book to give away each Friday.
You can also try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:
Read Richard Langston’s lighthouse and tree poems and write as though you are something /someone else.
Listen to Paula read her cats poems and offer cat and things-that-wake-you-in-night activities
Listen to Elena de Roo’s BIRD poems and try my Bird challenge
Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.
Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities
Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities
write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop
Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges
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