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Inspire a young writer or poet by providing the basic tools -- and in this case, it's not pencil or paper. "Poetry pebbles" are a homemade collection of tactile words that can be arranged in any creative order.

What you'll need:

  • Bag of translucent glass pebbles. Find them in your craft store in the floral department, or at your local pet store where aquarium supplies are sold. They often come in a variety of colors; if desired, use different colors to distinguish between nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.
  • Permanent fine-tipped marker
  • Dictionary for correct spellings and inspiration

What you'll do:

  • Use the marker to clearly print a different word on each pebble. Start with familiar nouns, including the names of family and friends, household objects, toys, foods and pronouns such as I, we, they and us.
  • Verbs, such as sleep, eat, play, live and says, should be recognizable (also be sure to include various forms of be, like am, was and were). Add other parts of speech that are needed for fluid sentences, such as with and because.
  • Add fun adjectives and adverbs, including crazy, silly, colorful, soft and funny.
  • Reserve a few pebbles -- you can write new words on them as needed.
  • Help very young children create simple sentences with the poetry pebbles. The pebbles are also great for word recognition games. Older children can use the pebbles to create stories and poems.
  • Store the pebbles in a drawstring shoe bag or a tight-fitting box lined with a piece of felt.
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