Poems are one of the essential tools used to develop your child memory and imagination. From the time they learn to form sentences we try to teach them easy funny poems. However after a while this practice can become boring for a child especially if the poems don’t appeal to him. In order to avoid this try to choose simple funny poems that your child will enjoy. Furthermore don’t make the memorizing process feel like homework. In order to make poems more fun you can read them before the kids go to bed, you can recite them together and even role play. As they grow older choose longer poems with an interesting story. Today we will present you a few selected poems for kids that your children will definitely find entertaining.
In order for a child to like poetry you need to spike his interest from an early age. Read him short funny poems and then challenge him to memorize them. Use a reward system in order to make your kid want to learn more poems. Amongst the best short poems for kids are “Rabbit” by Mary Ann Hobberman, “Mommies” by Nikky Giovani or “Valentine” by Donald Hall.
In order to find poetry that children will enjoy try to be aware of the kids’ interests. For example children love toys, stories and animals . Poems such as “Teddy Bear” by A.A. Milne, “The mountain and the squirrel” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The tiger” by William Blake or “I’d Love to be a Fairy’s Child” by Robert Graves are amongst the most popular poems for kids. Another thing that makes a poem appealing to a child is the story behind it. As children are very curious they will really be interested in a poem that has an intriguing story.
Other types of popular poems for children are holiday poems especially Christmas ones. Winter is a magical time and Santa Clause is the most beloved fictional character therefore kids love all the Christmas poems and carols. A great way to convince your child to memorize poems is to tell him that Santa will give him a present for every poem that he knows. During the winter holidays, children will definitely like to hear Kriss Kringle” by Thomas Bailey Aldrich,“Twas the Night before Christmas” by Clement Clark Moore, “Santa’s Reindeer in the Sky” by Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr. , Should You And Your Dog Ever Call At My Door by Vincent Bourne ,” Santa’s Stocking” by Katherine Lee Bates, The Five Best Fairies by Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr. or The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus by Ogden Nash.