Poetry Month Creation Stations: Kids’ Writing Workshop

Last week we had our Kids’ Writing Workshop Creation Stations program, and celebrated National Poetry Month with Haikubes, Paint Chip Poetry, Reverse Poetry and Blackout Poetry:

Kids got to spend 10-15 minutes at a time at each station and then move on to another activity. Their creativity was constantly flowing, constantly using these tools and toys to come up with new and beautiful combinations of words:

Some of the images kids came up with were just so cool: “red velvet tears,” “a seedling under a shadow of mountain…” They were very inspired by the paint chips and haikubes. They also came up with deep philosophical musings on things like the key to happiness (“The key to happiness is a waffle each morning”! Yes, I quite agree!) and that “A boundary is a challenge burning to be overcome,” and that what the world needs is more people sitting back and enjoying life! They enjoyed the Reverse poetry exercise and came up with more philosophical and psychological takes on concepts like lying and killing (is it wrong in self-defense?).


Our next Kids’ Writing Workshop will be May 18th (NOT May 25!) at 4 pm and we will be doing an exercise on rewriting fairytales.

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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