Students will use small rocks, stones and pebbles to create words with which to write poetry.
By Andrea Mulder-Slater
What You Need:
- Small rocks or pebbles.
- Small paint bushes.
- Water and water containers.
- Magic markers.
- Paint (acrylic is best — tempera is okay).
- A covered work area.
- A shoebox, yogurt or empty “Jiffy Pop” popcorn container.
- Hairspray or a spray varnish (optional).
What You Do:
- Make sure your pebbles are clean.
- Paint words onto your pebbles. You could also use markers instead of paint.
- Choose a number of words — people, places, things, action words etc. Some good ones are:
- Use your imagination and make sure you draw some punctuation marks on some pebbles as well (comma, exclamation point, period, question mark etc.)
- Once the pebbles are painted, let them dry and seal them with hairspray or spray varnish (optional).
- Put all the pebbles into a show box or Jiffy Pop container. You can decorate your container with paint or markers as well.
- Play a game of poetry pebbles. Each player chooses a number of pebbles from the box and tries to come up with a poem or story.
- Makes for a great way to begin a short story for those times when you have writers block!