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. 

12 comments:

  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.

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  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."

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  3. What's on my library file cabinet: http://tinyurl.com/4hn9ppt I let kids move the magnets around to see what comes up. Fun!

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

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  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.

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  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"

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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

    @Mary Lee Thanks!

    @laurasalas
    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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