Poetry with Children: Alice Walker

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A fun poetry project for children...

There’s a hand inside my soul holding me.

We recently revisited one of our all time favorite picture books, There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker. It is a lovely, poetic book that gently shifts the reader’s paradigm while filling his or her mind with stimulating visual imagery.

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There is a dance deep inside my body moving me.

The main character brings us through a variety of incredible experiences, yet instead of presenting these journeys from the perspective of the girl being the one who is acting upon her environment, the world seems to be acting through her.

Reading this book together created a wonderful opportunity to talk with each other about our passions, what inspires us, and to explore the intangible feeling—that when we are truly tapped into what matters most, life seems to flow through us in unexpected ways.

I even tried my hand at writing and painting…

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My heart is full of lessons teaching me.

I love these family moments when we are able to sit together, create, and converse. When the girls and I found ourselves seated around the table, surrounded by art materials, with plenty of time, we seemed to simultaneously breathe it all in and tune the rest of the world out. Which is exactly what we needed…

Poetry inspired by Alice Walker

What is your favorite poetry to share with children?

If you have shared a Playful Learning experience with your family, we would love to see and hear about it! Use the hashtag #playfullearning on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter to share your photos and stories. We will be looking out for you!

 

mariah

With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.

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  1. What a great way to explore how we each connect to the world around us as well as what resides deep within us and makes each of our spirits so special!

    1. I agree Monique… Alice Walker is truly amazing! As my girls get older I find myself gravitating more and more to projects that develop the mind and the spirit. Thank you so much for your comment!

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