At either a special or typical meal, have your child make a list of the food and drink being consumed. Choose one item from the list, and collect word images to describe the food or drink. (For example, macaroni and cheese: hot, gooey, cheesy, creamy, yellow, etc.)

Next make a list of comparisons (creamier than pudding, gooier than mud, etc.). From there, work on some similes (hot as an oven, crunchy like pretzels, etc.) Finally, you take all the images and comparisons and create a poem, beginning with descriptive words, moving into comparisons and similes, and coming back to the original idea.

Kids will have a lot of fun with this, and you can do the oral “composing” while you eat. Keep your poems and make a collection of food poetry that can be displayed in your kitchen.

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