Every once in a while, my children and I challenge ourselves with a project that takes us completely out of our comfort zone.

This poetry and art challenge did just that.

We created such fun memories with this activity that we can’t wait to share it with you!


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After reading the poetry book Sing A Song Of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year, our family was inspired to memorize some poetry and create artwork based on the art in the book. We challenged ourselves to use a different form of art medium with each picture, and to select poetry to memorize that was a bit out of our comfort zone.

We had such fun with our projects and were happy with the way they turned out.





One daughter copied and memorized Birch Trees by John Richard Moreland, typed a short poet report, and used oil pastels to draw birch trees. The oil pastel project didn’t turn out quite as she had envisioned, but I thought it was great that she came up with the idea on her own.


Birch Trees

The night is white,
The moon is high,
The birch trees lean
Against the sky.
The cruel winds
Have blown away
Each little leaf
Of silver gray.
O lonely trees
As white as wool . . .
That moonlight makes so beautiful.

by John Richard Moreland










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My son copied and memorized The Furry Ones by Aileen Fisher, typed a short poet report, and used colored pencils to draw a puppy. I was surprised at how easy it was for him to memorize the poem; I think he couldn’t resist because it is such a fun poem. The typing assignment was great for him since he learned for the first time how to copy and paste facts, add bullet points, and resize text. He did not want to do the art project because he doesn’t think he’s any good at art, but he finally relented and his final drawing of a dog made us smile.


The Furry Ones

I like–
the furry ones–
the waggy ones
the purry ones
the hoppy ones
that hurry,
The glossy ones
the saucy ones
the sleepy ones
the leapy ones
the mousy ones
that scurry,
The snuggly ones
the huggly ones
the never, never
ugly ones…
all soft
and warm
and furry.

by Aileen Fisher





Another daughter copied and memorized White Fields by James Stephens, typed a poet report, and used acrylic paint to paint a landscape. I like that she changed it up a bit, swapping colors, and creating her own unique details from what was in the original picture.


White Fields

In the winter time we go
Walking in the fields of snow;
Where there is no grass at all;
Where the top of every wall,
Every fence, and every tree,
Is as white as white can be.
Pointing out the way we came,
-Every one of them the same-
All across the fields there be
Prints in silver filigree;
And our mothers always know,
By the footprints in the snow,
Where it is the children go.

by James Stephens





I memorized January by John Updike, typed a short poet report, and used colored pencils to draw a partial building and a tree.



The days are short,
The sun a spark,
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor.
Milk bottles burst
Outside the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees of lace.

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day.

by John Updike


Perhaps YOUR family would like to participate in a Poetry and Art Challenge this spring.

All the inspiration you need is found in this book:

Buy The Book: Sing A Song Of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year




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