Make a Poetry Cube

Sep 23, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: Activities

Thanks to Ginger Sands, children’s music diva, who showed us this great idea.  Take a small square box, (shops will likely give it to you for free, if they know you are going to make something for children) cover it with colorful wrapping paper, print out some short poems and paste one on each side.  If you want the cube to survive a classroom, then cover it with contact paper to protect it from little fingers.

You can roll the cube, and read a poem! It’s a great activity for a classroom circle time, or just something to do after dinner at home.  Older children can choose their own favorite short poems to memorize.  Poem selection can be determined by your child’s age and interest.

Here’s a few to get you started:

Sammy by Elizabeth Ripley

There was a young hopeful named Sam,
Who loved diving into the jam.
When his mother said,  “Sammy!
Don’t make yourself jammy.
He said, “You’re too late, ma, I am.”


The Termite by Ogden Nash

The termite knocked upon the wood.
Tasted it and found it good.
And that is why your Auntie May
Fell through the parlor floor today.



An Old Counting-out Rhyme

Entry, kentry, cutry, corn
Apple seed and apple thorn.
Wire, brier, limber lock,
Three geese in a flock.
One flew east, one flew west,
One flew over the cookoo’s nest.


The Frogs and Toads All Sang  by Arnold Lobel

“We’re going to have a party,” The frogs and toads all sang.
“We’ve got lemonade with ice cubes, and paper lamps to hang.”
The ladies wore long dresses and the gentlemen wore pants.
The orchestra was ready, so they all began to dance.
They danced in the meadow.  They danced in the street
They danced in the lemonade just to cool their feet.


The City Mouse And The Garden Mouse by Christina Rossetti

The city mouse lives in a house; -
The garden mouse lives in a bower,
He’s friendly with the frogs and toads,
And sees the pretty plants in flower.

The city mouse eats bread and cheese; -
The garden mouse eats what he can;
We will not grudge him seeds and stalks,
Poor little timid furry man



A Learned Man   

Oh! he knew all about Etymology,
Hebrew, She brew, jub-jub-ology;
Syntax, tintacks, Hobnails, bootjacks -
He was full as a Pickfords van;
Those who backed and cracked up Edison,
Swore his jaw was more than medicine,
Simply because,
People said he was
A well-learned scientific man.



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