Found Poetry with Recycled Magazines

Reuse your old magazines and create found poetry from the words you find on the pages. Found poetry means you’re first going on a treasure hunt for wonderful words and phrases. Then, you can use those words and phrases to write a poem. In this case, it’s collaging together the words you’ve discovered in a new, poetic way.

Found Poetry

1. Get your old magazines out of your recycling bin.

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2. Cut out favorite words and phrases with the intention to use them later in a poem. Cutting is so good for younger children who are still practicing fine motor skills!

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3. Play with the words. Try different arrangements. When you find an arrangement you like, you’ve created a found poem. Found poems can also use newspaper, old books, letters, grocery lists, or packages. 

Found Poetry

5. YOUNGER CHILDREN: Color sort the words if you’re not yet a reader. We used the back of cereal box to sort our words into blue and red.

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You’ll have so much creative fun as you explore found poetry!

MORE Fun Word Activities:

make a word mobile
make a word collection book
make an alphabet book

“All writing is in fact cut ups. A collage of words read heard overhead. What else?”
— William Burroughs



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