31 Short Poems for Kids in English

Poems for kids are like their own voice. Kids love to express their fun and joy. Short poems for kids make this easy. English poems for kids are written around various daily life activities, animals, friends, rain and rainbow, and many elements that kids love. Thus, the habit of making your children sing short poems is a very good one. Here we have a compilation of poems for kids that your kids will love.

How to Choose Short Poems for Kids?

There are many short poems for kids. Starting with the best poems can be a tricky one. If you are keen to entertain your kid with poems for kids in English, here are some tips to choose short poems for kids:

  • Start with very short poems – say around 3-4 lines. Then, gradually move on to longer ones.
  • Choose poems for kids that are written around your child’s interests. Suppose your kid likes teddy bears, choose poems for kids that sing about teddies. 
  • Making singing kids rhymes is a family affair. Involve siblings, spouse, and grandparents in singing the best poems for kids in English to add more fun to the poem’s time for your kid.
  • Alongside, explain the story/meaning of the rhyme to your kid. Tell them where they should implement it in practice in daily life.

Best English Poem For Kids

Mummy Daddy I Love You

Mummy and Daddy

I love you.

Come to me

When I call you.

Give me a kiss

When I ask you.

Mummy and Daddy

I love you.

Two little hands

Two little hands to clap clap clap

Two little legs to tap tap tap

Two little eyes are open wide.

One little head goes side to side.

I hear thunder

I hear thunder I hear thunder

Hark don’t you,

hark don’t you?

Pitter, patter raindrops,

Pitter patter raindrops,

I’m wet through

and so are you!

Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle went to town

A-riding on a pony,

Stuck a feather in his cap

And called it macaroni’.

Yankee Doodle keep it up,

Yankee Doodle dandy,

All the girls and lassies,

Are as sweet as sugar candy.

My Red balloon

My red balloon,

My red balloon,

Flies up, up, to the sky.

I jumped up high,

To reach the sky,

But could not reach it; Why?

My red balloon,

My red balloon,

Flies up, up, to the sky.

One two buckle my shoe

One, two, buckle my shoe

Three, four, open the door

Five, six, pick up sticks

Seven, eight, lay them straight

Nine, ten, a good, fat hen

Eleven, twelve, dig and delve

Thirteen, fourteen, maids a-courting

Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen

Seventeen, eighteen, maids are waiting

Nineteen, twenty, my plate’s empty.

Humpty Dumpty 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Cobbler Cobbler

Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe.

Get it done by half past two.

Half past two is much too late.

Get it done by half past eight.

Stitch it up and stitch it down.

And I’ll give you half a crown.

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water

Jack fell down and broke his crown

And Jill came tumbling after

Bits of paper

Bits of paper,

Bits of paper;

Lying on the floor,

Lying on the floor;

Makes the place untidy,

Makes the place untidy;

Pick them up,

Pick them up.

Chubby Cheeks Dimple Chin

Chubby Cheeks, dimpled chin,

Rosy lips, teeths within,

Curly hair, very fair,

Eyes so blue, lovely too,

Teacher’s pet, Is that you?

“Yes, Yes, Yes.”

Hot Cross Buns!

Hot cross buns!

Hot cross buns!

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters,

Give them to your sons

One a penny,

Two a penny,

Hot Cross Buns!

Rain rain go away

Rain rain go away

Come again another day

Little Johnny wants to play

Rain, rain go away.

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Polish the shoes.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Off to school.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck one

The mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck two

And down he flew,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Pussy cat pussy cat

“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”

“I’ve been up to London to visit the Queen.”

“Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?”

“I frightened a little mouse under her chair”

Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,

Upstairs and downstairs, in his nightgown;

Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,

“Are the children in their beds?

Now it’s eight o’clock.”

After A Bath

After my bath

I try, try, try

to wipe myself

till I’m dry, dry, dry.

Hands to wipe

and fingers and toes

and two wet legs

and a shiny nose.

Just think how much

less time I’d take

if I were a dog

and could shake, shake, shake.

Oranges and Lemon

Oranges and lemons, Sold for a penny,

All the school girls, Are so many.

The grass is green, And the rose are red;

Remember me, everyday.

Ten Little fingers

Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes,

Two Little Ears and One Little Nose,

Two Little Eyes that shine so bright,

And one little mouth,

To kiss mother, GOOD NIGHT!

Little Bo-Peep

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,

And doesn’t know where to find them;

Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,

Bringing their tails behind them.

I am a little teapot

I’m a little teapot

Short and stout

Here is my handle

(one hand on hip)

Here is my spout

When I get all steamed up

Hear me shout

“Tip me over

and pour me out!”

Goosey, Goosey Gander

Goosey goosey gander,

Whither shall I wander?

Upstairs and downstairs

And in my lady’s chamber.

There I met an old man

Who wouldn’t say his prayers,

So I took him by his left leg

And threw him down the stair

London bridge is falling down

London Bridge is falling down

Falling down, falling down

London Bridge is falling down

My fair lady

Build it up with wood and clay

Wood and clay, wood and clay

Build it up with wood and clay

My fair lady

Tick tock goes the clock

Tick tock, goes the clock,

And Now what shall we play?

Tick tock, goes the clock,

Now Summers has gone away.

Tick tock, goes the clock,

And then what shall we see?

Tick tock, until the day,

‘Till thou shalt marry me.

Two Little Dicky Birds

Look, what cute little dicky birds

Two little dicky birds sitting on a wall

One named Peter, one named Paul

Fly away, Peter, fly away, Paul

Come back, Peter, come back, Paul

Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said, “What a good boy am I!”

Roses are red

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar is sweet

And so are you.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,

Bake me a cake, as fast as you can;

Pat it, prick it, and mark it with B,

Put it in the oven for the baby and me.

Jingle bells Jingle bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Hey, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

If You’re Happy And You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it

Clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it

Clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it

Then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it

Clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it

Pull your ear

If you’re happy and you know it

Pull your ear

If you’re happy and you know it

Then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it

Pull your ear

If you’re happy and you know it

Raise your hand

If you’re happy and you know it

Raise your hand

If you’re happy and you know it

Then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it

Raise your hand

If you’re happy and you know it

Make a smile

If you’re happy and you know it

Make a smile

If you’re happy and you know it

Then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it

Make a smile

If you’re happy and you know it

Raise your hand

If you’re happy and you know it

Pull your ear

If you’re happy and you know it

Clap your hands

What is your favourite kid poem from these? Would you like to add any other rhymes we missed? Please let us know in your comments.

Swetha Gangavarapu

Swetha Prasanna Gangavarapu loves telling stories to children. Moral stories are a way to pass the values to the next generation, she believes. She is a freelance writer with a decade of experience in writing and is reachable via LinkedIn.

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