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Room with a view

Use the prompts below to explore what's outside your own window. 

With limited outside space people often put pots of plants outside their window.

It gives them a sense of an outdoor garden in the city.

This watercolour painting shows the view of the artist's plant-covered roof terrace.

 

'Roof Gardens, Kensington', watercolour on paper, signed by Guy Malet, painted in about 1940. 'Roof Gardens, Kensington', watercolour on paper, signed by Guy Malet, painted in about 1940. Object number 76/2013

Activity

  • Look outside your window, what can you see?
  • Close your eyes, what noises can you hear?
  • Are there any smells coming from outside?
  • Can you notice any signs of spring?
  • A person, a hat, a dog, a bike, a scarf. Write down everything you see. Does this list change during the day?
  • Can you write an acrostic poem inspired by your view?
  • Have a go at drawing a picture of your view.

How to write an acrostic poem

The first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase vertically, like this:

Sunny days
Pink blossom
Run and play
Ice-lollies
New lambs
Goats grazing