I have been working with The Poetic Prince on his writing at school. Not actually sitting with him, but participating in an ongoing discussion with his teacher, and hopefully feeding her ideas that she can use for others kids too.
He’s finding it easier to concentrate during writing time and doing 2-3 pages each session, she has cut down on the planning he needs to achieve before he can start writing and I am developing a resource they can use in their classroom, which will probably be familiar to you. It’s simple fridge poetry. Except, I’ve made it myself over the holidays, with the help of the school laminator.
The benefit of making this myself is that I can tailor it to the words a 5 year old might use, and words that he is familiar with, but may not use quite so often. It has been pretty time consuming, but we have worked on it together, cutting out the words and sticking the magnets on the back.
There are a few little games we can play with these magnets, but the main goal was to write a story with them, so the teacher could take a picture of it, rather than sitting at a desk and writing, it’s more physically active, kids can do it on a portable whiteboard, the main class one, or standing up using a filing cabinet, fridge or dishwasher.
You can have the rapper arrange the words into groups of nouns, verbs, adjectives etc.
You can make a sentence with an error in it and have the rapper correct it.
You can take turns adding a word to build a story together.
You can leave a daily message for your little rapper.
So many ideas. As they progress it could be added to, joined with a commercially made fridge poetry set, there are many available (there is even pirate fridge poetry). Let me know if you have a go, and if you come up with any new, fun ideas.