April is National Poetry Month. This year, we decided to celebrate by creating our own silly limericks for kids. Scroll to the end of the post to find more poetry activities to go along with your thematic units this year!
Monkey and I are in girl scouts together. She is in the Junior club this year, and one of the badges she earned this year was the writing badge. One of the tasks she had to complete to earn that badge was to try her hand at poetry.
The girls loved the activity, but strangely enough, they had a hard time thinking of rhymes in the moment.
This gave me the idea of creating a word bank for our silly limericks for kids so that the kids could choose from rhyming pairs which will free brain power to focus on the number of syllables required for each line.
Silly Limericks for Kids Printable Activity
Use this silly limericks for kids printable to transform your little ones into poets!
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- Printer (we love our Cannon!)
- Word bank limerick printable (click here to download)
- Glue sticks
- Scratch paper
After printing the worksheet, Monkey chose the words she wanted to use in her limericks. Limericks are always 5 lines, with lines 1,2, and 5 rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 rhyming with a different rhyme set. Monkey chose three words from one word bank box and two from another.
Next, we had to plan our limerick, which is where the scratch paper came in handy. We had to stick to the 8,8, 5, 5, 8 syllable pattern, which can be harder than it seems!
After deciding on our lines, Monkey wrote the poem into the box on the second worksheet in the space allocated. She glued the words from the word bank to the end of each line.
After the first limerick, Monkey went a bit off book, which is great! She had a lot of fun combining other words from the word bank into the second space to create her own silly poems.
They didn’t quite fit with the limerick pattern, but I’ve never seen her try to create poems before (she usually hates writing), so it was definitely a success.