Sensory Poem: Halloween

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Have your child write down the five senses on a sheet of paper: touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing.
  2. Tell your child to write Halloween things that connect to each sense. For example, ear-splitting screams (hearing) or scratchy costumes (touch) or the smell of smoke (smell). Look at some Halloween picture books with your child to help spark some ideas.
  3. Ask your child if there are enough "ingredients" for a spooky, serious, or silly poem?
  4. Now, it’s time to write. Let your child blend the things listed on the five senses sheet of paper into a poem crammed with delicious sensory details.
  5. Remind your poet that it may take more than one try to create a sensory poem that really works, but that’s what makes a poem great – attention to detail and perseverance.
  6. If your child needs help with the structure of the poem, use the guidance in this lesson to help your child create a diamante poem. While the lesson gives some ideas, your child still has the freedom to create the poem how they choose. 
  7. Don’t let the fun end with the poem. Try cutting the paper into a familiar Halloween shape, like a pumpkin or a cat, before displaying it in your home.  

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