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Picture Poems
Type: Music   Skills: Language & LiteracyMath & Numbers
Have you ever noticed how much children seem to love nursery rhymes and songs? How they can hear them over and over again without getting bored? The rhythm, rhyme and repetition in poems make it easy and fun for children to develop language skills. In this activity, discover how to turn beloved nursery rhymes into fun games. Picture Poems
What We Learn
Phonemic awareness
Rhyming skills
Uses of poetry
Supply List
Making a picture poem is easy. All you need to do is choose a nursery rhyme or poem and begin writing that poem on a large poster board.

Try to identify at least one keyword in each line of the nursery rhyme which your kids could easily find a photo in a magazine to symbolize that word. As you are writing the nursery rhyme in large letters on the poster, leave blank spaces for these certain keywords.

Then present the poster to your kids and begin reading the nursery rhyme or poem to them. If they know the nursery rhyme already, ask them if they know what the missing word is. Then have them go through old magazines you’ve gathered and see if they can find a photo representing that missing word. Have them cut the image out and glue it to the poster board.

If they can’t find a photo to represent the keyword, then you can encourage your kids to make a drawing of the keyword.

Continue with the nursery rhyme until you and your children have filled in all the missing keywords.

Remember to choose keywords which are concrete and children are able to understand and find images of. For example, using the nursery rhyme, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” you might want your poster to have the following keywords missing:

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle little ___ (star),
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the ___ (world) so high,
Like a ___ (diamond) in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little ___ (star),
How I wonder what you are.
This activity works really well in a group setting, especially in a circle time situation. It becomes an activity where all the kids participate at the same time and help one another figure out what the pictures are.

Instead of a poster, you can also make a smaller version using construction paper. You can put one line of the nursery rhyme on each page and then bind all the pages together to make your own picture poem book.
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