Funny poems are a great way to introduce poetry to children. I remember still can remember poems from my childhood. Here is a list of 15 funny poems for kids. Many of them are bite-sized, great for recitation. I’ve separated them by theme such as family, animals, silliness, and much more.
Funny Poems For Kids About Animals
So much of children’s literature features animals so I started with six delightful poems that can be memorized.
The Fly by Ogden Nash
The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll
Eletelephony by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
mosquito at my ear BY Kobayashi Issa
My Doggy Ate My Essay by Darren Sardelli
My doggy ate my essay.
He picked up all my mail.
He cleaned my dirty closet
and dusted with his tail.[Read the rest here.]
The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, or, What You Are You Are By Gwendolyn Brooks
There once was a tiger, terrible and tough,
who said “I don’t think tigers are stylish enough.
They put on only orange and stripes of fierce black.
Fine and fancy fashion is what they mostly lack.[Read the rest here.]
Funny Kid’s Poems About Family and Home Life
Next are a few poems about family and home life. Whether it’s getting out of chores or adventures of chairs and tables, these are some happy fun poems.
How Not To Have to Dry the Dishes by Shel Silverstein
If you have to dry the dishes
(Such an awful, boring chore)
If you have to dry the dishes
(‘Stead of going to the store)[Read the rest here.]
If I were in charge of the world by Judith Voirst
If I were in charge of the world
I’d cancel oatmeal,
Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg.
The Table and the Chair by Edward Lear
Said the Table to the Chair,
‘You can hardly be aware,
‘How I suffer from the heat,
‘And from chilblains on my feet!
‘If we took a little walk,
‘We might have a little talk!
‘Pray let us take the air!’
Said the Table to the Chair.
Second Mother by Nikki Grimes
Stop calling me your “baby.”
Don’t call me “Little Bit.”
Every time I
hear those words
I grind my teeth
and spit.[from A Dime a Dozen]
Funny Poems For Kids About The Self
These finals poems deal with issues of identity and the body in fun and clever ways.
I’m Nobody! Who are you? By Emily Dickinson
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know![Read the rest here.]
Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face by Jack Prelutsky
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.[Read more here.]
Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne
When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
[Read the rest here.]
Don’t Go to the Library by Alberto Rios
The library is dangerous—
Don’t go in.
If you do You know what will happen.
It’s like a pet store or a bakery—[Read more here.]
Valentine for Ernest Mann by Naomi Shihab Nye
You can’t order a poem like you order a taco.
Walk up to the counter, say, “I’ll take two”
and expect it to be handed back to you
on a shiny plate.[Read more here.]