Poems by Kids
See Classes & Lectures for more information on Laurie's poetry classes.
Poems from Laurie's Classes 2012 – 2013 * Collage Poetry * The Geography of Poetry
Poems from Laurie's Literature and Poetry Club * Laurie's Poetry for Kids Class
Poems we have received * Poems by Laurie
Need inspiration? See Making a Word Box and Poetry Resources.
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Poems from Laurie's Classes 2012 – 2013
|Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Recipe for a Board Game |
by Diana, Jack, and Amelie
5 permanent markers
12 cups of cardboard
3 decks of cards
1 piece of paper
1 tsp. of sugar (for energy)
12 cups of hardener
1 bucket full of questions
1 gallon of sand
1 box of chalk
Another person and an alien
Corner of a star
Cornbread (to munch on)
3 drops of paint
An unlimited amount of seawater
Tiny piece of glass
A Diana, a Jack, and an Amelie
Combine cardboard with hardener. Place two pawns on the board and Amelie, Jack, Diana, and the alien. Mix remaining ingredients with sea water in a super large mixing bowl. Place sand below and palm trees above. Cook for three days. Then play the game.
Smells, Smells, Smells
I liked the smell game.
My favorite was peppermint.
It reminds me of ice cream —
Mint chocolate chip.
Chili peppers make me mad
Because they are so hot.
How to Make Diana Happy!
Play all day with friends
Munch a bag of cucumbers
Cuddle with the hamster
Extra love extra extra love
Scratchy soft silky feel between fingers
Mix it all up ten times.
Freeze for one day.
Cook for one day.
Then you have a Happy Diana!
I love carnivals. They are so fun.
I love the smell of roasted nuts
and seeing the Ferris wheel go up, up into the sky.
I do not like when my ice cream falls to the ground.
But I do like cotton candy when you see it being made.
When it's time to go home you don't feel tired.
But when your head touches the pillow you instantly fall asleep.
Love of laughter
I like her
|A Winter's Night
The cars on the street, all covered in snow
The ice and frost on my window
Oh, when the wind sings
my heart rings.
The wind comes in
and blows my curtain.
And as I go to sleep, I hear the pitter patter
of the hail making icy chatter.
And this is why I smile.
Because I know the winter's night will be here awhile.
Under the table
This class combines art and poetry.
Students display their finished poems:
Yonkers, Fall 2007. Most, but not all, of the poems were about place. The class made a book of all the poems, and one student made a gorgeous illustration for the cover. They named the book Poem River. Also, each student put together a book of his or her own poems and used maps to make covers. See some examples.
|Untitled Poem, by CML||Vegetarian Thanksgiving, by Auden||Paintball City, by Ben|
|The Mississippi Snake, by Lynette||Guitar Hero Guitar, by Ian||Locust, by Henri|
|Poem, by Henri||Poem, by CML||Rivers, by Rebecca|
(By children ages 6-12)
|How to Make the Sun, by August||Spell for a Good Person, by Sekai||My Ocean, by Hannah|
|Taste a Flame , by Willem||Two Poems, by Jeffrey||Two Poems, by Joseph|
|Cat in a Tree What Do You Hear?,
|The Flowers and the Rain, by Jessica||The Spell, by Agafia|
|Poem, by Mamoun||My Giant Lion, by Spencer|
|By Ben, age 12||By Serena, age 8||By Clara, age 6|
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|These poems were written by the children in Laurie Spigel's Poetry for Kids class. They are selected from the year-end compilation Wacky Poems from the Basement. (The classes were held in a church basement.)||
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|See Classes and Lectures by Laurie Block Spigel for information on Laurie's classes.
See also some Art by Kids .
|The Pineapple Story,
by Sekai, age 11
|From Fall to Winter,
by Autumn, age 9
|Relative by Yadira, age 10|
|Mouse by Jeffrey, age 9||Dark by Sophia, age 12||The Big Sarcastic Lie,
by Josh, age 9
|Pinecone by Sophia, age 12||Sounds of Night, by Jon, age 11||Owl, by Agafia, age 8|
|Tree, by Agafia, age 8|
|Kate the Kitten, by Clara, age 7||A Weed can Grow, by Hannah, age 8||Set, by Jessica, age 13|
|Great Grey Stone, by Jessica, age 13|
|The Unrepentant Pup, by Heather, age 11|
And here are some poems by Laurie