Poetry Challenge Week Four: Blackout Poems

 It’s week FOUR of the Weekly Poetry Challenge, and this week is all about blackout poems! A blackout poem is created by taking a block of text—like from a newspaper, magazine, or book—and “blacking out” everything except the words you want. Here’s a blackout poem I wrote: Created using the book MAKE BLACKOUT POETRY by John Carroll Read some black out poems! Here are some blackout poems by author Austin Kleon . Examples of student-created blackout poems . Check out this Pinterest board for more examples. Write a black out poem! When creating your blackout poem, you may to start with a pencil and circle or block around the words you want to keep for your poem. Then, once you’re happy with your poem use a sharpie to black out everything you don’t want. Blackout poetry is a great visual, but you can also type out your poem when you’re done to make it easier to read. Need a little help? Here’s a video by Austin Kleon on how he makes blackout poetry. If you or your kids write blackout poem

Ten Clever and Creative Book-themed Projects

It's time for a round-up post! In the spirit of cleverness, creativity, and helping you save time, we've gathered some of our favorite book-themed projects and listed them here for your enjoyment. Some of these are from here at Read, Discuss, Do! Others are from our own websites, and others we have discovered around the web. We hope this list of book-themed projects will you and your kiddos get creative during story time and beyond. 

1. What About Moose? - Megaphone craft.  Kids can make a megaphone like the one Moose uses in the book, then act out the story.

2. Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep - Paper Plate Sheep Craft. Make the sheep, then talk about the story. You could even have your child play the part of the shepherd and find the sheep after you hide it somewhere.

3. When Your Llama Needs a Haircut Wacky Hairstyle Collage. A fun way to get wacky and creative at story time. 

4. One is a PiñataMake Mini Piñatas. This craft is adaptable according to your kiddo's age and skill level.

5. You're The Hugs to My Kisses - postcard story time activity. In case you need an excuse to send a postcard to someone special.

6. A Color of His Own - Chameleon Watercolor Project. Experiment with watercolor paint after reading a great book!

7. Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse - Feathered Fan craft. A wonderful craft to lead into book-themed creative play.

8. Not Yeti - Tissue Paper Yeti craft. This yeti craft is too adorable to resist!

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Paper Chain Caterpillar Craft. A fun follow-up to story time to get little ones practicing some fine motor skills. 

10. Little Blue Truck - Craft and Creative Play. Another fun way to combine story time with creativity and play.