Family or stranger?
This can be done in the car, at home, while waiting for the bus or anywhere. The form of a poem is the set of rules a specific type of poem must follow for instance, the length of the line, the number of lines or the theme of the poem.
Help the child select a paragraph or two from a favorite book and turn it into a found poem. Introduce the rhyming dictionary at Poetry4Kids. Limericks are usually somewhat silly, so they are fun for children—and adults—to write.
Put them together to make interesting sentences and thoughts. In the heads of people who like to make stuff up, daffodils often dance rumbas and clouds go wandering all over the shop. I learned it as a young girl and teach it to my class each year.
Students feel a large sense of success and see themselves as poets after this activity.
You can even have a contest where participants have to vote for their favorite poem, not including their own of course. I have childhood memories of my father reading poetry to me nightly and I still remember the poems vividly and how they made me feel.