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English Funny Poems to Make Reading a Fun Experience for Kids

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Who doesn’t love to laugh and giggle at funny poems! It gets even more interesting if these poems also teach new things or are unique in their own way. Are you one of those fun-loving kids who is also very curious about new things? Then hop in for a fun read. 

List of 5 Funny Poems in English

1. A Snow Man

– Anonymous

Oh, the beautiful snow!

We’re all in a glow—

Nell, Dolly, and Willie, and Dan;

For the primmest of fun,

When all’s said and done,

Is just making a big snowman.

Two stones for his eyes

Look quite owlishly wise,

A hard pinch of snow for his nose;

Then a mouth that’s as big

As the snout of a pig,

And he’ll want an old pipe, I suppose.

Then the snowman is done,

And tomorrow what fun

To make piles of snow cannon all day,

And to pelt him with balls

Till he totters and falls,

And a thaw comes and melts him away.

A Snowman

A Snowman

This funny poem is from a collection named A Christmas Hamper: A Volume of Pictures and Stories for Little Folks. The poem is beautifully descriptive and touches upon the practical approach of making a snowman as well! Kids can learn it for fun or can even try making a snowman of their own using the method given in the poem!

2. Phantasmagoria

– Lewis Carroll

“And as to being in a fright,

Allow me to remark

That Ghosts have just as good a right

In every way, to fear the light,

As Men to fear the dark.”

“No plea,” said I, “can well excuse

Such cowardice in you:

For Ghosts can visit when they choose,

Whereas we Humans can't refuse

To grant the interview.”

He said “A flutter of alarm

Is not unnatural, is it?

I really feared you meant some harm:

But, now I see that you are calm,

Let me explain my visit.

“Houses are classed, I beg to state,

According to the number

Of Ghosts that they accommodate:

(The Tenant merely counts as weight,

With Coals and other lumber).

A Spectre

A Spectre

In this poem, the narrator finds a spectre in his house. As the narrator asks the spectre what he is doing, the ghost replies in the poem’s verses. Poems about ghosts and spectres excite kids as much as they tickle the curiosity in them. Such poems tend to leave a lasting mark on their memory. Moreover, these poems can be read out to kids as intriguing bedtime treats.

3. The Elephant

– Anonymous

An elephant slept in his bunk,

And in slumber, his chest rose and sunk.

But he snored — how he snored!

All the other beasts roared,

So his wife tied a knot in his trunk.

An Elephant

An Elephant

This type of poem is also known as a limerick, which is a five-line poem that has a rhyme scheme aabba. Limericks can make some of the funniest forms of poems if used correctly. Poems related to animals can prove to be very captivating. Poems like these have the potential to grab kids’ attention and stay embedded in the memory for a long time since kids are often attracted to animals.

4. Monosyllabics

– Laura E. Richards

The black cat sat

In the fat man’s hat;

“Oh, dear!” the fat man said.

“May the great grey bat

Catch the bad black cat

Who has left me no hat

For my head!”

A large red cow

Tried to make a bow,

But did not know-how,

They say.

For her legs got mixed,

And her horns got fixed,

And her tail would get

In her way.

A sad, thin ape

Bought some wide white tape

To trim a new cape

For his niece;

But a bold buff calf,

With a loud, rude laugh,

Bit off one whole half

For his geese.

Two Pigeons Discussing Monosyllabic Words

Two Pigeons Discussing Monosyllabic Words

It must be interesting to learn that each word in this poem is a single syllable. How unique is that now! Poems such as the one above can help kids learn more about the English language and its grammar. Once they get the grasp of the concepts, kids can even try their hand at writing a few such poems themselves.

5. Do You Carrot All for Me?

– Anonymous

Do you carrot all for me?

My heart beets for you,

With your turnip nose

And your radish face,

You are a peach.

If we cantaloupe,

Lettuce marry:

Weed make a swell pear.

A Basket of Fruits and Vegetables

A Basket of Fruits and Vegetables

Here is a poem related to food. The words in the poem add puns to the general meaning, for instance, “beets'' instead of “beats”. Isn’t that amazing! This is an excellent example of a poem where kids can start developing their knowledge of multiple words and their meanings, and can also correlate with them using the rhythms of such poems. 


Funny poems are a great way to induce the habit of reading and listening to written text in kids. Our website provides more such content and is a repository of creative ways to instil proper learning habits in children. So, download the app or visit our website today!

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FAQs on English Funny Poems to Make Reading a Fun Experience for Kids

1. How can funny poems help kids?

Funny poems can make the reading experience more exciting and, often, relatable for kids. They are an easy approach to make kids feel engaged when learning to read. 

2. How can parents make their children read and listen to written content?

Children tend to have a short attention span. Therefore, it is important that parents, as adults, should make the reading experience engaging and fun so that the kids pay attention for a longer span of time. Parents can read out funny poems to their children to make sure that they enjoy listening to and reading such content. Funny poems often contain terms and verses that the children can relate to and remember for a longer period of time, which can be again used in learning to read other content.