Friday, February 25, 2011

Poetry Magnets

I'm rather fond of poetry magnets, and have collected several sets over the years. Here's a grouping from my Jack Prelutsky Awful Ogre's Awful Day set. Somewhere I have a "ransom letter" set from Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, as well.

Several years ago, I had a set of poetry magnets at the library, and the teens loved them. Maybe it's something I should try again. They're not too expensive, either. The original website, Magnetic Poetry, still offers lots of different word collections. 


  1. I think I still have some of the original poetry magnets around here somewhere. I had no idea they made sets based on specific books now! Wow.

  2. How fun! It seems tempting to make your own. I'll bet you could buy magnet sheets and cut them up. I like the word "uglifies."

  3. What's on my library file cabinet: I let kids move the magnets around to see what comes up. Fun!

  4. I love these! I don't know why putting magnetic words together is so entertaining, but it is:)

  5. one year a law firm sent us (randomly drumming up business?) a set of legal poetry magnets. when merged with the "regular" words on the fridge we ended up with the most unusual poems.

    but book-based ones make more sense. i need to keep an eye out for those.

  6. @Sara I must confess, my book-themed poetry magnets were all gifts from the publisher! One of the many benefits of being a librarian, I guess.

    @Tabatha That's a great idea! I know you can get magnetic printer paper - I did a program on Manga Magnets once.

    @Davi I got a library set from ALA once. It was nice to have words like "library" and "read" but weird to have words like "innovate" and "technology"

  7. I have the Lemony Snicket, Series of Unfortunate Events, ones too! They are a lot of fun to play around with. :)

  8. I haven't had magnetic poetry for years. I loved how the communications would develop in our household. Sometimes days would go by, and then I'd notice that someone had shifted a few words and it now said something outrageous.

  9. My brother-in-law loves magnetic poetry even though he isn't openly a poet or any kind of writer. I find that endearing. When my children are older and nobody will be tempted to eat them I'll have to get a set to have on our fridge. Sounds like good family fun.

  10. What a good reminder you've given all of us of a poetry resource we've used in the past and need to dust off!

  11. I just gave away a Magnetic Poetry kit as part of a poetry door prize I provided. But I love the idea of book-specific sets. Great PR idea by publishers. I'm going to have to play around with this idea...

    Love your ogre poem, especially the slime/slither/sharpen part!

  12. @Blythe That sounds hilarious, and totally like something I would do.

    @Mary Lee Thanks!

    I have the words grouped together by things in common. "slime/slither/sharpen" = things that start with "s"
    "rain/sharpen/green" = things that end with "n"
    "bones/stones" = words that rhyme
    There's lots more connections, if you look around.



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