Poems for children can be a very great way of capturing the creative mind of children. The minds of children can be very creative because they are still very young and they also believe in the fact that whatever they want can be made to happen right now without any kind of delay and as such when creating or writing poems for children, it should be written in such a way that will make the children put on their thinking caps and their creative imaginations that will help them all through the reading of the poems for children. It is also of utmost importance that you take note of the fact that writing for children needs a little more time, concentration and imagination in accomplishing than writing for adults and as such poems for children should be written with great concentration on your part. Poems for children can be done in any way that will help the poem to capture as well to retain the captured attention of the children all through the reading of the poem. Therefore during the writing of the poems for children, you should endeavor to be as creative as you can ever be.

poems for children

There are many types of poems for children that can be written and it is best that in writing these poems, that they be written in simple English that can be easily understood by kids. You can also include some funny characters that can be easily recognized by the children into the poems for children as this will help the children identify with what they are reading better because they will be able to picture the funny character acting out the words of the poem in their mind’s eye. Lots of time should be put in to produce great poems for children that will make the children long to have poems read to them on a regular basis.

Poems For Children

1) Try, try again;

‘T is a lesson you should heed,

Try, try again;

If at first you don’t succeed,

Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,

For, if you will persevere,

You will conquer, never fear;

Try, try again.

Once or twice though you should fail,

Try, try again;

If you would at last prevail,

Try, try again;

If we strive, ’tis no disgrace

Though we do not win the race;

What should you do in the case?

Try, try again.

If you find your task is hard,

Try, try again;

Time will bring you your reward,

Try, try again.

All that other folks can do,

Why, with patience, should not you?

Only keep this rule in view:

Try, try again.

2) A little black ant found a large grain of wheat

A little black ant found a large grain of wheat

Too heavy to lift or to roll;

So he begg’d of a neighbour he happen’d to meet,

To help it down into his hole.

“I’ve got my own work to look after,” said he;

“You must shift for yourself, if you please;”

So he crawl’d off as selfish and cross as could be,

And lay down to sleep at his ease.


Just then a black brother was passing the road,

And seeing his brother in want,

Came up and assisted him in with his load,

For he was a good-natured ant.


Let all who this story may happen to hear,

Endeavour to profit by it;

For often it happens that children appear

As cross as the ant, every bit.


And the good natured ant who assisted his brother

May teach those who choose to be taught,

That if little insects are kind to each other,

Then children most certainly ought.

3) Little drops of water

Little drops of water,

Little grains of sand,

Make the mighty ocean

And the pleasant land.


Thus the little minutes,

Humble though they be,

Make the mighty ages

Of eternity.


So our little errors

Lead the soul away

From the path of virtue

Far in sin to stray.


Little deeds of kindness,

Little words of love,

Help to make earth happy

Like the heaven above.

4) Amy, dear child, of all thy friends

Amy, dear child, of all thy friends

Prize first and best thy mother;

Her love for thee would still live on

Though changed were every other.

Thy youthful mind not now can judge

Its depth, and worth, and beauty;

Life’s lessons and life’s years alone

Can teach thy debt and duty.


Then follow where her counsels lead

True mothers ne’ er guide wrongly

Gather her teachings to thy heart,

And therein bind them strongly.

And let thy father’s memory,

With hers, light thine ambition,

To fill in like integrity

Life’s every worthy mission.


The friendships that we prize to-day

Are but as beacons, leading

To sweeter years and holier love,

If we God’s words are heeding.

Shouldst thou e’er search in memory’s hour

Earth’s truest friends no others

Thy lone heart may be sure of these:

Thy father’s and thy mother’s.

6) Oh, in he came a-dancing

Oh, in he came a-dancing,

As happy as could be,

But what was all the matter

I could not hear or see.


“Can’t you keep still a moment,

So lean understand?”

“We’ve been having our pictures taken! ‘

‘ ‘ Where ? ” ” Yonder in the sand. ‘ ‘


” In a row, all holding hands,

We laid still as could be,

And Tom marked all around us

And ended off with me.”


” I’d like to see the pictures.”

He answered with a shout

Of happy fun and laughter,

“We’ve gone and rubbed ’em out.”

7) In winter I get up at night

In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light.

In summer, quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.


I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people’s feet

Still going past me in the street.


And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

8) If I were a bear,

If I were a bear,

And a big bear too,

I shouldn’t much care

If it froze or snew;

I shouldn’t much mind

If it snowed or friz—

I’d be all fur-lined

With a coat like his!


For I’d have fur boots and a brown fur wrap,

And brown fur knickers and a big fur cap.

I’d have a fur muffle-ruff to cover my jaws,

And brown fur mittens on my big brown paws.

With a big brown furry-down up to my head,

I’d sleep all the winter in a big fur bed.

9)  Christopher Robin goes

Christopher Robin goes

Hoppity, hoppity,

Hoppity, hoppity, hop.

Whenever I tell him

Politely to stop it, he

Says he can’t possibly stop.

If he stopped hopping,

He couldn’t go anywhere,

Poor little Christopher

Couldn’t go anywhere…

That’s why he always goes

Hoppity, hoppity,




10) Ferry me across the water

“Ferry me across the water,

Do, boatman, do.”

“If you’ve a penny in your purse

I’ll ferry you.”


“I have a penny in my purse,

And my eyes are blue;

So ferry me across the water,

Do, boatman, do.”


“Step into my ferry-boat,

Be they black or blue,

And for the penny in your purse

I’ll ferry you.”

11) When I was one,

When I was one,

I had just begun.

When I was two,

I was nearly new.

When I was three,

I was hardly me.

When I was four, I was not much more.

When I was five,

I was just ……….

12) Pluck this little flower

Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! I fear lest it

droop and drop into the dust.

I may not find a place in thy garland, but honour it with a touch of

pain from thy hand and pluck it. I fear lest the day end before I am

aware, and the time of offering go by.

Though its colour be not deep and its smell be faint, use this flower

in thy service and pluck it while there is time.

13) In the night of weariness

In the night of weariness

let me give myself up to sleep without struggle,

resting my trust upon thee.

Let me not force my flagging spirit into a poor preparation for thy worship.

It is thou who drawest the veil of night upon the tired eyes of the day

to renew its sight in a fresher gladness of awakening.

14) Have you not heard his silent steps

Have you not heard his silent steps?

He comes, comes,  ever comes.

Every moment and every age,

every day and every night he comes, comes, ever comes.

Many a song have I sung in many a mood of mind,

but all their notes have always proclaimed,

‘He comes, comes, ever comes.’

In the fragrant days of sunny April through the forest path he comes,

comes, ever comes.

In the rainy gloom of July nights on the thundering chariot of clouds

he comes, comes, ever comes.

In sorrow after sorrow it is his steps that press upon my heart,

and it is the golden touch of his feet that makes my joy to shine.

15) Mary had a little lamb

Mary had a little lamb,

Its fleece was white as snow,

And everywhere that Mary went

The lamb was sure to go;

He followed her to school one day-

That was against the rule,

It made the children laugh and play

To see a lamb at school.


And so the teacher turned him out,

But still he lingered near,

And waited patiently about,

Till Mary did appear.

And then he ran to her and laid

His head upon her arm,

As if he said, “I’m not afraid-

You’ll shield me from all harm.”


“What makes the lamb love Mary so?”

The little children cry;

“Oh, Mary loves the lamb, you know,”

The teacher did reply,

“And, you, each gentle animal

In confidence may bind,

And make it follow at your call,

If you are always kind.”

16) Eency weency spider climbed

Eency weency spider climbed up the water spout,

down came the rain and washed the spider out,

out came the sun and dried up all the rain,

now eency-weency spider went up the spout again.

17) Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner

Sat in a corner,

Eating his Christmas pie.

He put in his thumb,

And he pulled out a plum,

And said, “What a good boy am I!”

18) There was a crooked man

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,

He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile;


He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,

And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

19) Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;


All the King’s horses And all the king’s men.

Cannot put Humpty Dumpty Together again.

20) Doctor Foster went to Gloucester

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester

In a shower of rain;

He stepped in a puddle,

Right up to his middle,

And never went there again.

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