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

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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

 

 

Pass It To Me

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Pass It To Me

“Pass it, pass it, pass it Lee.
 I just can’t miss. Just pass to me.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Trace.
I’m over here in so much space.

Pass it, pass it, pass it John.
If you do that we can’t go wrong.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Lynn.
If you do that, we’re bound to win.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Joel.
If you do that I’ll score a goal.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Trish.
Thanks. I’m sorry that I missed!”

What Is A Kenning Poem?

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A Kenning is one of the oldest forms of poetry, and one which children enjoy experimenting with.

It originates from Anglo-Saxon and old Norse traditions. It is famously found in the Anglo-Saxon poem called ‘Beowulf.’

Kennings are two word phrases that are a replacement or substitution for a noun.
They can also be a type of ‘Multi-riddle.’

Examples include ‘Wave-swimmer’ to represent a boat, or ‘Ankle-biter’ to represent a young child.

My 7 year old daughter, has recently been writing some Kennings at school.

Below is one of her efforts. Can you guess what it is about before the answer is revealed?

Ice Cream-Eater
Sandcastle-Builder
Fun-Receiver
Cool-Surfer
Happy-Relaxer

What am I?

Summer

by Cadence Stanworth

What will you write your Kenning poem about?

 

Flipperty Flopperty World

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‘Poems For Kids’ proudly presents the following poem.

Flipperty Flopperty World

It’s a flipperty, flopperty world
with wibbly, wobbly trees,
and dibberty, dabberty fields,
and a zipperty, zapperty breeze.

It’s a flipperty, flopperty world
with a dingly, dangly sun,
and splisherty, splasherty seas,
and happerty, hopperty fun.

Oh, it’s a flipperty, flopperty world,
with a stickerty, stackerty sky,
and plipperty, plopperty planets,
and a moon that’s a custard pie.

 

Stop That Lollipop!

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This is another one of my ‘Poems For Kids’.

A Top Hat on a pogo stick
said it couldn’t stop,
and raced past me and all my friends
to catch a lollipop.

The lollipop on roller skates,
was that much quicker though,
and shouted from a distance –
‘Catch Up! You’re too slow.’

The Top Hat yelled ‘Don’t stand there.
Help me catch that lout.’
We ran with some confusion,
but thought we’d soon find out.

The lollipop whizzed down the street,
and shouted ‘Let me be.’
Then pulled its tongue out at us all,
and mocked ‘You can’t catch me.’

The Top Hat screamed ‘That does it.
I won’t put up with that.
I’m not just anybody,
but an international hat’.

We asked why we were chasing,
and what crime had been done.
The Top Hat though said softly,
‘I can’t tell anyone’.

The lollipop soon faltered,
and came to a quick halt –
before it sped away again
as fast as U      s       a      i       n           B           o        l              t.

We thought this was ridiculous,
and wanted to give up,
until the lolly climbed a wall
and totally got stuck.

We lifted up the lollipop,
and all of us went phew,
then told the gasping Top Hat,
this lollipop’s for you.

The Top Hat though was livid,
and yelled at us ‘No! No!’
What has this lolly done to you?
Go and let her go.’

We were pretty speechless,
and thought this was pure folly.
We let her go, but Top Hat yelled –
‘You’ve got to catch that lolly.’

‘But’ we spluttered. ‘But’ we gasped,
and wished time would rewind.
So if you see a lollipop,
a Top Hat’s close behind!

By George Stanworth – Poemsforkids