There is something simple yet elegant and effecient about haiku. The format of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables turns writing it into a game for kids and seems to draw in even the most reluctant writer.
We had been studying Japan and wanted to make some haiku and art. Reading that haiku are usually about natural subjects, each kid choose an animal and wrote their poem with a Sharpie and then watercolored the page. Hanging them in the window for a week brought color and words into our eating area.