Poetry Performance (Aug 3rd – 4th)

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I will be performing some of my children’s poems at the Aston Clinton Beer Festival in Buckinghamshire on Saturday Aug 3rd and Aug 4th.

I will be at the event between 2pm and 6pm on both days.

Please see the following link for ticket details and further information.

http://www.astonclintonbeerfestival.co.uk/

Don’t

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Don’t draw glasses on a cloud.

Don’t say ‘Poo-Pants’ far too loud.

Don’t pull faces at the sun.

Don’t kick tigers up the bum.

 

A Silly Easter Poem

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SQUASHED

My Mum once dropped a massive hint,
which nearly hit Dad’s head.
Dad dodged, and tripped, and then he fell
and squashed an Easter egg.

He then slipped on a daffodil,
which didn’t seem like fun,
as when his bottom landed,
it squashed a Hot Cross Bun.

He squashed a hat by accident,
and most of what he touched.
He is my funny, silly Dad,
who I love very much.

By George Stanworth

Adults Can’t Do Puzzles

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“Adults can’t do puzzles.
They don’t know what to do.
Puzzles are for children
who have only just turned two.

Adults can’t do puzzles,
so have a cup of tea.
I don’t need your assistance.
It’s basic stuff for me.

Adults can’t do puzzles,
so please leave me alone.
I’ll do it so much quicker
If you play games on your phone.

ADULTS CAN’T DO PUZZLES!
I tell you all the time!

(But Mum says Dad is like a child –
So I’ll let him finish mine!)”

If you have enjoyed this poem then you may like to read some of my other blog posts , in particular my summer poems for kids.

Summer Poems

Best wishes,

George

I Am The World

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Happy World Poetry Day from ‘Poetry For Kids’. Below is a Kenning I have written especially for it. Happy poetry writing/reading/performing.

                            Molten                 Baker
                            Snowflake          Painter

                            Creature             Catcher
                            Spaceship           Hatcher

                            Human                Hogger
                            Species                Logger

                            Rapid                   Spinner
                            Vacuum               Skimmer

                            Landscape          Wearer
                            Sunshine             Sharer

                           Environmental   Giver
                           Universe’s            Sliver

                                by George Stanworth

 

Poems For Kids – Door Knocking Frozen Food

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Here is a poem I wrote in the 1990s called ‘Door Knocking Frozen Food’.

    A knock on the door was a pleasant surprise,
    until I saw who it was, and out popped my eyes.
    There on a chair was a frozen Fish Finger
    singing a song from his favourite singer.

    ‘Start Spreading The News’ is what it began.
    It danced and it danced, but I wasn’t a fan.
    I went inside and got out some pepper,
    and ate it up – but don’t feel much better!

By George Stanworth
Poems For Kids

The Rocket! (Ronnie O Sullivan)

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The Rocket

Ronnie’s the rocket. The fastest we’ve seen.
His maximum break is the quickest there’s been.
Still he keeps winning, whilst not slowing down.
This year he’ll go for another world crown.
He’s won 5 already, and when in top gear,
very few players can get very near.
His rivals are hoping he gets even faster,
so one day a frame will end in disaster,
and cushions and table all go up in flames,
due to his speed, so he forfeits the game!

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By George Stanworth

What Is A Limerick?

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Poems For Kids – What Is A Limerick?

A limerick is a 5 line poem popularised by Edward Lear in the 19th century.

The form has a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA. This means that the 1st line rhymes with the second and 5th line, and the third line rhymes with the 4th line.

The limerick is an ideal poetic form for children to learn, as they are short and traditionally light hearted.

The first line in a limerick traditionally introduces a person and a place, with the place appearing at the end of the first line and establishing the rhyme scheme for the second and fifth lines. In early limericks, the last line was often essentially a repeat of the first line, although this is no longer customary.  [Wikipedia]

Below is an example of a limerick that I have written:-

‘There once was a puddle called Tim,
who never liked being stepped in.
One day he yelled ‘Boo’
to a shocked teacher who
screamed and jumped out of his skin.

Please view the following links for more inspirational limerick ideas and further information.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/five-most-famous-limericks-and-their-histories/
https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/limericks-by-edward-lear

by George Stanworth

Disturbing Eating Habits

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DISTURBING EATING HABITS

“Eat up your greens. They’ll do you good.”
“But Dad, please Dad. They taste like wood.”
“Like wood” shrieks Dad. “How would you know?”
“I had a bite out the door below.”

“The door!” yells Dad. “It’s not all there.
What will Mum say? She will despair.”
“Mum” said boy “Will be okay,
as she has some as well each day!”

by George Stanworth

Poems For Kids

World Book Day

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World Book Day Poem

Which author’s should you read today?
Which author’s are the best?
My view is pretty biased,
but poets beat the rest.

Below are just a sample
of poets I have chosen
in other years, from Dahl to Lear;
and Blake to Michael Rosen.

I recommend John Hegley,
and Zephaniah too.
Rachel Rooney, Duffy.
The choice is up to you.

Milligan, McMillan,
McGough and Brian Moses.
This book day I prescribe to you
more poems in high doses.

By George Stanworth

Poems For Kids

 

 

Pancake Dad!

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Happy Shrove Tuesday from ‘Poems For Kids’.
Here is a quick pancake day Haiku I have written to mark the occasion.

Pancake Dad!

Dad tossed a pancake
higher than snow. It landed
on a UFO!

The Day I Fell Down The Toilet – Review

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The Day I Fell Down The Toilet And Other Poems
by Steve Turner

Published by Lion Hudson 1996

‘The Day I Fell Down The Toilet’ contains over 70 poems for kids which will make them laugh, think, and see the world from a slightly different perspective.

When I saw a book entitled ‘The Day I Fell Down The Toilet’, I instantly knew my kids would love it (and me probably more!) Indeed, this was the case. How can kids not be amused by titles such as the title poem,  ‘A Wee Poem’ and ‘Bottoms’.

The book contains familiar rhyming schemes and poetic forms as well as more creative layouts such as in ‘Other Ways Of Seeing Things’, where the poem is upside down.

My kids and I laughed continuously as we read the book, and our personal favourites -apart from the title poem – was ‘A Knees-Up With Words’ due to its wonderful word-play.

‘Poems For Kids’ thoroughly recommends this book.

10/10