35 Small Poems For Kids

In nursery rhymes, singalongs and storybooks especially “ Dr. Seuss books”, kids are surrounded by poetry every day, even they don’t realize it. Poetry recitation and memorization is a fun task for kids as well as enriching their vocabulary, helping them to understand patterns, memorizing information and helping in cognitive development.

Your kid can easily memorize and remember the poems, that’s why we have presented some nice small poems that you and your children will recite to enjoy the memorable moment. Recite and have fun.

Table of contents:

  • Famous poems.
  • Funny poems.
  • Rhyming poems.
  • Mother’s day poems
  • Christmas poems
  • Easter poems
  • Father’s day poems
  • Friendship poems.
  • How to choose poems
  • Tips for teaching your kids poetry
  • The Last, Non-Rhyming ,Word

Famous poems

Poetry is extremely useful for children. Children’s poetry makes reading fun and evokes emotion towards spoken and written words. A. Poets like Milne, Robert Louis Stevenson , Christina Rossetti and Ogden Nash have written many inspirational poems for children that help children recite and present.

Here are some famous poems.

Waiting At The Window

These are my two drops of rain

Waiting on the window-pane.

I am waiting here to see

Which the winning one will be.

Both of them have different names.

One is John and one is James.

All the best and all the worst

Comes from which of them is first.

James has just begun to ooze.

He’s the one I want to lose.

John is waiting to begin.

He’s the one I want to win.

James is going slowly on.

Something sort of sticks to John.

John is moving off at last.

James is going pretty fast.

John is rushing down the pane.

James is going slow again.

James has met a sort of smear.

John is getting very near.

Is he going fast enough?

(James has found a piece of fluff.)

John has quickly hurried by.

(James was talking to a fly.)

John is there, and John has won!

Look! I told you! Here’s the sun!

                                  – A. A. Milne


The Moon

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;

She shines on thieves on the garden wall,

On streets and fields and harbour quays,

And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,

The howling dog by the door of the house,

The bat that lies in bed at noon,

All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day

Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;

And flowers and children close their eyes

Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.

                                        -Robert Louis Stevenson


The Rainbow

Boats sail on the rivers,

  And ships sail on the seas;

But clouds that sail across the sky

  Are prettier far than these.

There are bridges on the rivers,

  As pretty as you please;

But the bow that bridges heaven,

  And overtops the trees,

And builds a road from earth to sky,

  Is prettier far than these.

                                              -Christina Rossetti



Halfway Down

Halfway down the stairs

Is a stair

Where I sit.

There isn’t any

Other stair

Quite like


I’m not at the bottom,

I’m not at the top;

So this is the stair


I always


Halfway up the stairs

Isn’t up

And it isn’t down.

It isn’t in the nursery,

It isn’t in town.

And all sorts of funny thoughts

Run round my head.

It isn’t really


It’s somewhere else


         -A. A. Milne


Winter Morning Poem

Winter is the king of showmen,

Turning tree stumps into snow men

And houses into birthday cakes

And spreading sugar over lakes.

Smooth and clean and frosty white,

The world looks good enough to bite.

That’s the season to be young,

Catching snowflakes on your tongue!

Snow is snowy when it’s snowing.

I’m sorry it’s slushy when it’s going

                                                  – Ogden Nash

Funny and silly poems

Short funny and silly poems that kids learn by having fun. This increases their interest in reading poems ,so they can easily memorize them and remember them very well. In this case you can tell your kids -learn and enjoy!


       My aunt calls me “Elizabeth.”

My grandma calls me “Liz.”

My sister calls me “Lisa,”

and the baby calls me “Wiz.”

        My uncle calls me “Betty,”

while my grandpa calls me “Beth.”

My brother calls me “Dizzy Liz”

or sometimes “Lizard Breath.”

My teacher calls me “Betsy”

and my friends all call me “Bess.”

I find these nicknames more annoying

than you’d ever guess.

I wish that they would call me

by my real name instead.

I simply HATE those nicknames;

see, my real name is Fred.

                                      -Kenn Nesbitt



The Life Of A Cupcake

They put me in the oven to bake.

Me, a deprived and miserable cake.

Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.

Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and I started my life.

Frosting me with a silver knife,

Decorating me with candy jewels.

The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.

Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.

Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,

This was the day this cupcake died.

                                                   -Shelby Greer



I made myself a snowball

As perfect as could be.

I thought I’d keep it as a pet

And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas

And a pillow for its head.

Then last night it ran away,

But first it wet the bed.                      

– Shel Silverstein


My Flat Cat

I have a cat.

My cat is flat.

He sleeps beneath

the bathroom mat.

He slides around

upon the ground

without the slightest

striding sound.

He only eats

the flattest meats

and thin and wispy

kitty treats.

He once was fat

but now my cat

is totally,

completely flat.

He got so slim,

so flat and trim,

the day my Great Dane

sat on him.

                  – Kenn Nesbitt



I’ve hunted near, I’ve hunted far

I even looked inside my car.

I’ve lost my glasses, I’m in need,

To have them now so I can read.

I loudly swear and I curse

Did I leave them in my purse?

Are they behind the sofa, under the bed?

Oh there they are – on my !

                                     – Anne Scott


My Long-Eared Dog

My long-eared dog is very sweet.

He loves to lick my stinky feet.

And that is why I’d use my mace

before I’d let him lick my face.

                            -Denise Rodgers


My Doggy Ate My Essay

My doggy ate my essay.

He picked up all my mail.

He cleaned my dirty closet

and dusted with his tail.

He straightened out my posters

and swept my wooden floor.

My parents almost fainted

when he fixed my bedroom door.

I did not try to stop him.

He made my windows shine.

My room looked like a palace,

and my dresser smelled like pine.

He fluffed up every pillow.

He folded all my clothes.

He even cleaned my fish tank

with a toothbrush and a hose.

I thought it was amazing

to see him use a broom.

I’m glad he ate my essay

on “How to Clean My Room.”

                        – DARREN SARDELLI



Today I managed something

that I’ve never done before.

I turned in this week’s spelling quiz

and got a perfect score.

Although my score was perfect

it appears I’m not too bright.

I got a perfect zero;

not a single answer right.

                                       – Kenn Nesbitt

Rhyming poems

It is very sweet to hear the children recite poems. Rhyme poems are great for recitation and audition competitions.

Here are some rhymes for children to recite.


Time to Rise

A birdie with a yellow bill

Hopped upon the window-sill.

Cocked his shining eye and said:

“Ain’t you ‘shamed, you sleepy-head?”

      – by Robert Louis Stevenson



The rain is raining all around,

It falls on field and tree,

It rains on the umbrellas here,

And on the ships at sea.

        -by Robert Louis Stevenson


Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle,

The Cat and the fiddle,

The Cow jumped over the moon,

The little Dog laughed to see such sport,

And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

                           -Author Unknown


I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot

Short and stout

Here is my handle (one hand on hip)

Here is my spout (other arm out straight)

When I get all steamed up

Hear me shout

“Tip me over

and pour me out!” (lean over toward spout)

I’m a clever teapot,

Yes, it’s true

Here let me show you

What I can do

I can change my handle

And my spout (switch arm positions)

Just tip me over and pour me out! (lean over toward spout)

                                                                        -George Harold Sanders


Every Time I Climb a Tree

by David McCord

Every time I climb a tree

Every time I climb a tree

Every time I climb a tree

I scrape a leg

Or skin a knee

And every time I climb a tree

I find some ants

Or dodge a bee

And get the ants

All over me

And every time I climb a tree

Where have you been?

They say to me

But don’t they know that I am free

Every time I climb a tree?

I like it best

To spot a nest

That has an egg

Or maybe three

And then I skin

The other leg

But every time I climb a tree

I see a lot of things to see

Swallows rooftops and TV

And all the fields and farms there be

Every time I climb a tree

Though climbing may be good for ants

It isn’t awfully good for pants

But still it’s pretty good for me

Every time I climb a tree

                 -David McCord


                    What Are Heavy?

What are heavy? Sea-sand and sorrow;

What are brief? Today and tomorrow;

What are frail? Spring blossoms and youth;

What are deep? The ocean and truth.                                                

-Christina Rossetti 


Mother’s Day poem

Mother’s Day is a very special day for both children and mothers, so here are a few poems to dedicate to mothers for this day.

Mother’s Day poems not only for Mother’s Day, but also for children to thank their mothers for all she does.


My Best Friend, My Mother

This woman as beautiful as can be.

She’s always been there for me.

Yeah, she’s my mother, my best friend too.\

Without her in my life,

I wouldn’t know what to do.

Her heart made of gold, giving love

so freely; can’t be bought or sold.

No matter who you are or what you do,

She’s there to listen and help you through.

Can’t express how great she is to me.

Without her, know not where I’d be.

No one like her, my best friend, my mother

                                             – Linda S. Cooper-Freeman

Super Mom

Mom, you’re a wonderful mother,

So gentle, yet so strong.

The many ways you show you care

Always make me feel I belong.

You’re patient when I’m foolish;

You give guidance when I ask;

It seems you can do most anything;

You’re the master of every task.

You’re a dependable source of comfort;

You’re my cushion when I fall.

You help in times of trouble;

You support me whenever I call.

I love you more than you know;

You have my total respect.

If I had my choice of mothers,

You’d be the one I’d select!

                                 – Joanna Fuchs


Mystery Mom

Mom, your love is a mystery:

How can you do it all?

You’re always there with the perfect fix

For my problems, big and small.

Your love protects me day after day,

So I’m fearless, safe and sound.

I feel that I can do anything

Whenever you’re around.

Mom, your love is a mystery,

I haven’t got a clue

Why you love me all time,

But I’m very glad you do!

                          – Joanna Fuchs


What “Mother” Means

“Mother” is such a simple word,

But to me there’s meaning seldom heard.

For everything I am today,

My mother’s love showed me the way.

I’ll love my mother all my days,

For enriching my life in so many ways.

She set me straight and then set me free,

And that’s what the word “mother” means to me.

Thanks for being a wonderful mother, Mom!

                                                               -Karl Fuchs


Christmas poem

Christmas is a time of celebration and family and friends spend time together to enjoy the moments. During this time children are often asked to join them in singing Christmas carols or reciting Christmas poems.

So , here are some Christmas poems for kids so that they can  celebrate Christmas joyfully with family and friends.


Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

                           – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


A Christmas Song

There is a Christmas song upon the air,

There is a joy innate within the heart;

An inner sense of peace, a holy light

Illumines life and sets these days apart.

                                               – Edna Greene Hines


When Santa Claus Comes

A good time is coming, I wish it were here,

The very best time in the whole of the year;

I’m counting each day on my fingers and thumbs —

the weeks that must pass before Santa Claus comes.

Then when the first snowflakes begin to come down,

And the wind whistles sharp and the branches are brown,

I’ll not mind the cold, though my fingers it numbs,

For it brings the time nearer when Santa Claus comes.

                                                          -Eugene Field


Easter poems

Easter is a time that brings joy, laughter and hope to life.

Some poems were given to the children to celebrate this day in a special way so that they can celebrate this day by laughing, playing and dancing.


Some Things That Easter Brings

Easter duck and Easter chick,

Easter eggs with chocolate thick,

Easter hats for one and all,

Easter bunny makes a call!

Happy Easter always brings

Such a lot of pleasant things!

                    -Unknown Author


Easter Love

On Easter we celebrate love,

love coming down from heaven,

love blanketing the earth

in a transforming embrace;

unique and infinite love,

giving more than we can imagine

for us, to cleanse our sin,

a perfect sacrifice, Lamb of God,

the walking, talking Word.

He is teacher, role model, friend,

this God in human form,

dying, then rising from the dead,

proving all who believe

will also rise

to have eternal life, with Him,

Lord of all.

Oh, Happy, Happy Easter!

                             -Joanna Fuchs


I Had an Easter Bunny

I had an Easter bunny,

One day she ran away.

I looked for her by moonlight,

I looked for her by day.

I found her in the meadow

With her babies 1, 2, 3.

So now I have four rabbit pets

To run and jump with me

                -Unknown Author


Father’s day poem

On Father’s Day, Father’s Day poems will be a beautiful and sweet gift for fathers when they hear it from their children. Here are some Father’s Day poems. These poems can play a great role for fathers so that they can enjoy and remember this special moment with delight.



Special Hero

When I was a baby,

you would hold me in your arms.

I felt the love and tenderness,

keeping me safe from harm.

I would look up into your eyes,

and all the love I would see.

How did I get so lucky?

You were the dad chosen for me.

There is something special

about a father’s love.

Seems it was sent to me

from someplace up above.

Our love is everlasting.

I just wanted you to know

that you’re my special hero,

and I wanted to tell you so.

              -Christina M. Kerschen


My Daddy

I sit and look back to how far I can remember,

And you are always there next to me.

Each and every day you were helping me grow up,

And making me be the best that I can be.

Your love was forever strong,

Your cuddles forever tight.

Every day since I was born,

Your love was always in sight.

I will always be your Baby Girl,

And you will always be my Dad.

I know I will always be the luckiest

To have the best Dad any girl could have had.

My Daddy, I love you with all my heart,

Much more than I ever say.

You are my world, my everything,

Each and every day.

                              -Ranja Kujala



When I scratched my knee,

Or if I bumped my head,

When I was afraid of the dark,

Or that thing under my bed,

When I cried in the night,

Or even in the day,

You were there for me

To make it all okay.

You tickled my feet

And laughed at all my jokes.

You taught me to believe

In having high hopes.

You are my father.

You did what you had to do,

But more than a father

You are my friend, too.

You made everything good

That was once bad.

I just want you to know

I love you, Dad.

             -Jennifer S. Williams

Friendship poems

Friendship is a precious thing in our lives. It makes childhood memorable, joyful and colorful. It improves children’s social skills. Teach your kids how important friendship is in life. This friendship poem can help you to understand the importance of children’s friendship.

Here are some friendship poems.



Let’s Be Friends

Would you like to be my friend?

That would be so fine!

We’ll run around in your backyard

And then we’ll play in mine.

We’ll walk to school together.

And share our lunches too.

Oh, what a lucky kid I am

To have a friend like you!

                  – Christine Corona


With a Friend

I can talk with a friend

and walk with a friend

and share my umbrella in the rain.

I can play with a friend

and stay with a friend

and learn with a friend

and explain.

I can eat with a friend

and compete with a friend

and even sometimes disagree.

I can ride with a friend

and take pride with a friend.

A friend can mean so much to me!

                                     -Vivian Gould


The Best of Friends

The best of friends

Can change a frown,

Into a smile,

when you feel down.

The best of friends,

Will understand

Your little trials,

And lend a hand.

The best of friends,

Will always share,

Your secret dreams,

Because they care.

The best of friends,

Worth more than gold,

Give all the love,

A heart can hold.

                – S. Jill Wolf


How to choose poems

For your convenience, here are some tips for choosing suitable poems for children that can be very helpful for you.


  • When choosing poems for children, you have to look for examples of covered poems keeping in mind the familiar topics.
  • Your selected poems should be vivacious so that your child can have a clear concept about the poem and have a clear picture  in their thinking.
  • Draw rhythmic poems that have a simple, clear, distinct rhythm and when telling poems to children, do not break the metaphorical poems for free.
  • Gesturing  is a great way  for young children to emerge the clear picture in front of them , while reciting the poems.
  • The poems here should be short and vivid so that kids can easily remember them.
  • Short and rhythmic poems increase children’s interest in poetry, so that aspect should be taken into account when choosing poems.
  • You can use wordplay for your selected poems that encourage your child to see the pronunciation of the words and how they are used differently.


 Tips for teaching your kids poetry

Here are some helpful tips to make it easier for you to teach your kids poetry .


  • Choose age-appropriate poems so that they can memorize them easily.
  • Instead of letting your kids sit down let them know that they will learn some poem  and give them idea about it.
  • Read the poems smoothly and aloud without hesitation while teaching your child new poems. Otherwise it can be a bad experience for both of you and your child.
  • If you choose a favorite song for older kids and recite it as their poem, they will discover that they already know a lot of poetry.
  • You use poems in different accustomed places like art, craft so that the children remember them when it comes time to teach their poems in school and then they are appreciated.
  • When you recite any poem can dress up like  a character in that poem  to increase the children’s interest.
  • When teaching your child poems , use expressive voices and expressions in a way that understands character and emotion.


The last, Non-Rhyming ,Word

Poetry teaches as well as gives joy. Never give up on it and be happy to learn your childrens poetry.


Learning poetry will help them to develop and at the same time you and your children will be able to enjoy beautiful moments by reciting poetry. These poems presented by us are great for you to enjoy. Teach children the poems which you like, recite them  with your kids and have fun.

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