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my periscope cloud and another winter challenge

Children often ask me where I get my ideas from.  I usually say the world. Ideas just come to me like little flocks of birds. Little starting points jump out at me.

This poem I wrote fits our Winter theme this week. It was the most amazing sight! Maybe you can have a go at a cloud poem for the Winter challenge. Where to send it is below!


Today at the beach

I saw a skinny cloud

sticking its long skinny head

up like a periscope, as though

it wanted to see over the Tasman Sea

to Australia, and see what all

the other clouds were doing

and to see (most especially)

if any other cloud

knew how to look like

a long skinny periscope!



DEADLINE for your Winter-Poem Challenge: Thursday June 12th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Winter-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites  and have a book prize for one poet (Year 0 to Year 8).

this morning was ten out of ten


Today the beach was gleaming in its winter light

the sun had just poked its eye over the hills and

I was the only one running into the picture postcard


Happy days running on the beach with my extra long winter shadow. AND I have had happy days reading all your story poems and I am just about to post them in a few batches (after I hang out the washing!). I only picked some to post but I loved reading them all.

Do try more challenges! You may not have got picked this time, but you will get picked one day!

Do add a comment to your favourite  poems I post! It will make that child’s day.

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Hello new season! The First of June is time for a winter poem and some photos

I love going to the beach early. Will I still swim in June? The water is definitely brbrbrbr colder but not too cold! Check out my poem and my photos. The sun had only just come up when we got back as you can see in the photo. Check out my challenge below.



Dark when you start running

and you hear the slap lap of the lagoon,

light when you get back

and see oyster catchers flying.


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ps That’s our dog Mollie!

If you want to try a winter poem send to me by June 12th (I will do another Winter Challenge next week and give you some tips). Send to paulajoygreem@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. You can include the the name and email of your teacher. I will post my favourites and a book prize for one! Say it is for the Winter Challenge.

Winter poetry soup

I thought it would be fun to make a soup poem where you put all your favourite winter things in it — just like you do when you are making soup.

So you could put what you like to wear

and what you like to eat

and what you like to do

and where you like to go

and  give it a good stir.

Cook it slowly on the stove

until you have a soup poem!


Or you could write a soup poem

and put in things you would like to eat

so it really is a soup poem!


Winter Soup

I like onions and peas

and pumpkin and parsley

in my winter soup,

but Georgia likes

kumara and red hot chilli.