Poetry Notebooks

Word play, poetry forms, doodling & more


When I was a kid, I played a game at the kitchen table with my Dad. He would ask me to scribble-draw a shape on paper and then ask me to “make” something out of it.

It was a fun game that I loved. Doodling helped me think imaginatively with pictures, but also with words. What was it that I was creating? This game is the seed of the poetry doodle. Using a poetic technique and drawing a doodle can be a fun approach to writing a poem, or simply word and picture play.

I often like to work on a poem in a notebook. Any sort will do, folded pieces of paper, lined, unlined, store bought or handmade. Below are some creative doodle and notebook activities, you might like to try too.

Poetry Notebook Ideas:

Printable journal pages

Word Play Activities

©Jill Dailey