"April Showers" is a very short form of poetry known as haiku (sounds like "hi-coo").
Haiku originated in the country of Japan.
Today, haiku is written in many different languages with most haiku poets living in English-speaking countries.
There are several styles of haiku.
The most common haiku style contains 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line.
Traditionally, haiku poetry was written about nature. But all that has changed. Haiku written today can be about anything!
Can you think of a haiku poem to write? Challenge yourself and your family to see who can come up with the best haiku poem!
You could also start a family collection of haiku poems and read then aloud once per year at your very own family "haiku" party.
After you make up your first haiku poem, you'll be thinking about your second poem, third poem...THEN you'll be off to the haiku races!
Have you ever heard that saying before? The other version of that saying is just the opposite, "Out like a lamb. In like a lion."
What does that mean? It's just an old saying referring to the weather this time of year. Many people believed (some still do) that if the weather at the end of April is ferocious (like a lion), then the weather the beginning of May will be more calm (like a lamb). Meaning rain showers must bring us flowers!
Without rain, we can't have flowers. Without rain, we can't have rainbows, puddles to splash in, and days perfect for curling up with a good book and a cozy blanket!
I love rain! It makes everything seem greener and more fresh afterwards...and it brings us beautiful flowers!
Do you love rain? What is your favorite thing to do when it rains?
Sunshine or rain...every single day is as wonderful and exciting as you want it to be! Get your imagination going by checking out our Imagination Inspiration page. There you will find a few ideas to help you get through your next rainy day!
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