Fun kennings activities to try with your class:
Experimenting with kenning phrase and poems is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the world of figurative language.
Here are some creative ideas for you to use with your class:
1.Creat kennings phrases to name:
...an object, e.g. life-taker = Anglo-Saxon swords
...an occupation, e.g. knowledge-giver = teacher
...a monster, e.g. worm-eater = bird
2. Write kennings poems which describe the seasons, a sport or the weather.
3. Add in an element of team-building by creating kennings poems in table groups, with each child creating a line of the poem before passing the poem on.
3. Write an advertisement for a food product or a theme park which use kenning phrases e.g. lip-smacking, toe-curling.
4. Ask children to write a kennings poem to describe themselves as a start of the year activity. This is especially great, if you create a poem of your own to share with the class e.g.
Who am I?
Extend the activity by asking children to match each poems to their peers.