Fall is an absolutely wonderful time to venture outdoors, explore nature, and play. The weather is often tolerable in most places and the changing of seasons provides a ton of play things (leaves, acorns, etc.). We recently added a morning basket to our homeschool day with a focus one day each week on poetry and nature. The craziest thing that I found through searching and browsing books is that there are so many poetry books about nature. Nature in the form of poetry, how cool is that?!
If you are thinking “ew poetry”, I hope you’ll give it a chance. I will admit that I am still deeply, deeply scarred from 9th grade English Poetry, but it’s a great thing to introduce to young kids. Poetry helps children learn the rhythm of reading, rhyming words, and helps greatly with fluency, plus it’s fun! I’m also hoping all this poetry will save my girls from the agony I endured in high school.
A Stick is an Excellent Thing
A Stick is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer is a fantastic book of poems that encourage, describe, elaborate, and celebrate outdoor play. Poems in this fantastic book range from Jacks to Jump! and Monkey in the Middle to Sprinkler. Poems such a Making Soup will encourage children to interact with grass, sticks, and mud. They will encourage children to use their imaginations, get active, and have fun.
Once you’ve grabbed a copy of this fantastic book, read a few poems with your little ones and then head outside and do just as the poems say. Barrel down a hill, hang upside down, or search for the perfect stick and use your imagination to determine what that stick really is. Below you will find a few more fun activities that you can do as well.
Fall Outdoor Poetry and Fun
Use this recipe to create your own homemade bouncing bubbles. Then head outside to play with your creation.
Homemade Bouncing Bubbles by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Read Jump!, then grab a jump rope and head outside. Make up fun ways to jump rope, create your own rhyme while you jump, or check out Jump Rope Games for more fun ideas.
Jump Rope Games by The Inspired Treehouse
Create a Mud Kitchen that encourages your little ones to get outside and play in the mud. Create your own Mud Kitchen Food using flat stones. Encourage muddy fun food play in your very own backyard.
Mud Kitchen Food by Munchkins and Moms
Create your very own Mud Soup recipe or check out the one below. Encourage your little ones to get creative. What can they find in your outdoor space that would make a good soup?
Mud Soup by No Time for Flashcards
After reading A Stick is an Excellent Thing on page 28. Choose one or all of these fun stick activities to expand the idea that sticks can be anything you want them to be.
- Stick Star Garden Mobile by Happy Hooligans
- Stick Maze by Mother Natured
- Nature Paintbrushes by Messy Little Monster
I hope that you enjoy this book of poems as much as we do.
What is your favorite book of poems? What is your favorite way to play outdoors?
Until next time,