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Write a haiku


Write a haiku

What to do with this activity?

A haiku is a very short type of poem invented in Japan hundreds of years ago. It has certain rules:

  1. There are only three lines, totalling 17 syllables altogether. 
  2. The first line is 5 syllables.
  3. The second line is 7 syllables.
  4. The third line is 5 syllables like the first.

If you are not sure what a syllable is check out the link here. When your child is ready, start coming up with ideas for a haiku. Haiku don't have to rhyme, and they often refer to a season, or to the weather like this one:

Rain on the window
Monopoly on the go
Summer in Ireland

Get some background information and more ideas on the KidZone Poetry website. 



  • Why am I doing this?

    Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practices it the stronger their writing ability will become. You child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child.

  • How can I do more?

    Decide on a writing project you could work on either together or with you standing by to help. This could be writing or sending an email to a family member or friend living away or your child writing about one of their interests. List key messages you want to write about, who else might read it and then begin work on the piece. Have a dictionary at the ready and use the spell checker if working on a computer.

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