Children enjoy funny poems and they learn better when they are engaged and enjoying it. FACT!
Encouraging a child to love the written and spoken word is giving them a gift that will last a lifetime. Learning that words are friends, not something to fear makes a massive difference to their future.
Stimulating a child’s imagination improves their problem solving skills and makes them deeper thinkers. It broadens their view of their world and makes them more accepting and understanding of the lives of others.
Reading begins with listening. Children like rhyming, witty words which make them smile. If that gives them “special time” with a parent then even better! Those invaluable moments spent with a child leads to bonding and trust. And will lead to confident independent reading in time.
Some of my poems facilitate communication between children and adults. “What Colour Do You Feel Today?” can open a window to what a child is feeling. It may prevent a melt-down!
Here are some short, snappy poems which children will enjoy. I am sure they will encourage further reading. It could inspire a child to want to write their own!
Poems for Children to Enjoy
What Colour Do You Feel Today?
What colour do you feel today? A lively red or dreamy grey – Black like the sky at night Or a brilliant yellow filled with light? A shimmery puddle reflecting the sky Filled with tears that the storm clouds cry? Are you a royal purple, proud and strong, Or a little white cloud just floating along. Perhaps you’re calm, a rich deep brown - Or darkest blue with a darker frown. You may feel orange, full of fun Bright green if you want to run and run! Are you sparkly silver like a star… How you feel is what colour you are! So look around you as you play – What colour do you feel today?
A man on the moon
There’s a man on the moon With a smiley face I wonder what it’s like To live in space. He must look at the stars As they twinkle at night Like thousands of diamonds A wonderful sight! The man on the moon Is my friend you see I tell him my worries And he listens to me. I don’t hear him answer Never a word But I see him smiling And know that he’s heard. He watches me sleeping All through the night, So I can feel safe And know I am alright. So if you are worried, Talk to him too… The man on the moon Could be friends with you.
There’s a cat in the corner
There’s a cat in the corner She lives in our house She’s never caught a bird Or a snake or a mouse. She sleeps in the corner In her favourite chair Never moving, She’s always there. But during the night When nobody knows She slips out of the cat door And quietly goes Through the garden Along the street And under the streetlamp Where the kitty-cats meet. There’s lots of meowing And sharpening of claws With friendly greetings And shaking of paws. They chase round the hedges They jump and they play Then they come home in the morning To sleep through the day.
Driving my car
Where shall I drive my car today? Shall I go to town? Maybe I’ll drive right up a hill Then turn and come back down. Perhaps I’ll drive so quickly That I’ll go up to the sky… My car can be an aeroplane With wings so it can fly! Where shall I drive my car today? Perhaps I’ll do some shopping? Shall I drive to see the moon Then come back without stopping. Perhaps I’ll drive to Santa’s house, Or underneath the sea All the little fishes Will want to swim with me! Where shall I drive my car today? Maybe up a tree, Where all the little birds Will sing a song to me. Shall I drive along a track And race the fastest train, I can stop at every station And shelter from the rain. Where shall I drive my car today – I can drive around the street And call out “HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?” To everyone I meet. My car can take me anywhere Near, far, high or low, I just put my feet on the pedals And OFF I GO!
I love blowing bubbles They float up so high I watch them going Up into the sky. The pretty colours All gather together And make me a rainbow To brighten the weather.
I love weather
I love the sunshine It brightens the day, When it is sunny I can go out to play. I love the rain It falls from a cloud I jump in the puddles And laugh out loud. I love when it’s windy With the air rushing by I flap like a bird And pretend I can fly. I love the frost The world glitters like gold All shiny and sparkly Icy and cold. I love when its foggy As the world seems to hide Wrapped up in a blanket With just us inside. I love when it’s dark And the stars start to shine They twinkle in the sky A magical time. I love a storm Hear the thunder yell! And watch for the lightning I like that as well!
One sun in the sky, one little cloud floating by. Two feet on the ground, footsteps make a tapping sound. Three trees full of leaves, dancing on a mountain breeze. Four Paws on the floor – kitty walking in the door. Five digits on each hand, thumb and fingers make a hand. Six eggs in a box, careful not to let them drop! Seven colour rainbow bright- such a special pretty sight! Eight legs on a spider with her lovely web beside her Nine ducklings in a row, swimming, splashing, watch them go! Ten toes on your feet, watch them wriggle to the beat!
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In a previous role, I was a Dementia Care Coach, helping care staff understand those with dementia. A huge passion for me is bringing that understanding to the younger generations.
Children have enormous reserves of compassion and acceptance if only they are given the information in an engaging and appropriate way.
And the children are our future!
I have written a short book with children’s poems about different situations surrounding dementia. The title “Why Doesn’t Granny Know Me Now?” actually came from a child’s question to his mother. Each rhyme comes with explanatory text suitable for children from age five.
Of course, each situation is different but the most important thing is that communication begins.
When a parent is looking after someone with dementia, the children can have questions that that parent cannot answer. Or worse, the child has questions that they dare not ask. THIS PAGE pre-empts those gnarly ones as well as giving an honest and easy to understand response to most questions you’ll be asked.
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