Short Poems for Children

Short Poems for Children
Short Poems for Children

Children’s poems are perfect to start the smallest of the house in the magical world of reading, and that is why we have prepared this article where we include the best selection of short verses that you can share with them.

All these short poems will delight children as they focus on themes that are common to them and that are especially interesting to them, for example: animals, nature, friends, and other topics. If you don’t believe us, take a look at our compilation.


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  • Poems for primary school children
  • Verses for children
  • Children’s poetry for primary school children
  • Short poems for children that rhyme

Poems for children

If you are a mother, father or teacher, you will find in these poems for children a perfect help for the little ones to want to take a book and read it, why? Because they are fun, beautiful and short verses that will show them that the world of literature is created for them.

Ant’s Song (Carlos Marianidis)

With how fragile I am,
tender and small,
little by little I will take
all this firewood.

Winter will be
windy and cold;
that’s why i come and go
by stone and river.

When it starts to rain
I will have everything done
and I will sing happy
under the fern.

The Cat (Anonymous)

The Cat Without Boots
pure sweet tooth
woke up sick
of a painful evil.

The afflicted cat
does not doubt the reason
of some food
or a sneak jump.

The scared cat
confess your guilt
devoured confident
five rats together.

The dentist in the jungle (Gloria Fuertes)

(In the morning)
The jungle dentist
Worked intensely
With a fierce client.
He was the king of the jungle,
He was an imposing lion,
With faceted fangs
And that he was missing a tooth.

(In the afternoon)
And said the dentist doctor
To your recent nurse:
-post the sign in the hut,
I do not receive more patients,
a crocodile has come
that has more than a hundred teeth.

Summer (María A. Domínguez)

The summer is here
and also the heat came,
I will bathe in the pool
with my cute float.
Mom don’t call me early
because school is over,
but I look for my friends
and we play a lot.

The Glo-glo-glo frog (José Sebastián Tallón)

No one knows where he lives,
Nobody in house saw it,
but we all listen
Glo-glo-glo toad.
Will it live in the fireplace?
Where the hell did he hide?
Where do you sing when it rains
the Glo-glo-glo frog?
Does he live on the roof?
Have you gotten into a corner?
It’s under the bed?
Do you live hidden in a flower?
No one knows where he lives,
Nobody in house saw it,
but we all listen
when it rains Glo-glo-glo.

Granny (Tomás Allende Iragorri)

Who climbed so high
Like the moon
to see the stars
one by one,
and choose between all
the prettiest
to light the room
from granny.

Short poems for children

Any time of day is a good time to read poems with children, but many parents prefer to do so before their children fall asleep to help them fall asleep or to fall asleep with beautiful words in mind.

Precisely, these verses that we now leave you are ideal for both tasks.

Wedding of Flowers (José A. del Rosal)

That little rose,
born in April,
wanted to get married
with a wallflower.

Will go godfather
her uncle the jasmine,
and they will go to the wedding
carnations one hundred thousand.

Dressed in white,
green and crimson,
the rose marries
with the wallflower.

My face (Gloria Fuertes)

On my round face
I have eyes and a nose
and also a little mouth
to talk and to laugh.

With my eyes I see everything,
I make achís with my nose,
with my mouth like,
like popcorn.

Elephant lullaby (Adriano del Valle)

The elephant cried
because I didn’t want to sleep …
Sleep my little elephant,
that the moon will hear you …

Elephant dad is near,
its low noise is heard in the mangrove swamp;
Sleep my little elephant,
that the moon will hear you …

The elephant cried
and raised his trunk to the wind …
it seemed that on the moon
wiped his nose.

The seagulls (Julián Alonso)

Look at the seagulls
Flying in the port
With its white wings
Open to the wind.

They look like comets
They look like scarves
They are white sheets
that go through the sky.

The paper boat (Amado Nervo)

With half a newspaper
I made a paper boat,
at the source of my house
I made him navigate very well.

My sister with her fan
blows, and blows on it.
Have a good trip, a very good trip,
paper waffle!

How good is my dad (Anonymous)

My daddy is very good,
just like my mom,
he gets up very early,
I’m going to greet him.

I get on your knees
and I start riding,
ico, ico caballito,
how good my dad is.

Poems for primary school children

If you are a primary school teacher, this section of our article is designed for you and your students, because here we leave you several poems that you can read and comment on in the classroom with the children.

You will find poems that are part of the popular tradition and that have been written by great poets such as Lope de Vega, Federico García Lorca and Antonio Machado.

The mice (Lope de Vega)

The mice got together
to get rid of the cat;
and after a long time
of disputes and opinions,
they said they would be right
to put a rattle on it,
that walking the cat with him,
get rid better they could.

A barbican mouse came out,
long-tailed hociquirromo
and curling the thick back,
said to the Roman senate,
after worshiping for a while:
Who of all must be
the one who dares to put
that rattle to the cat?

The tarara (Federico García Lorca)

La Tarara, yes;
la Tarara, no;
la Tarara, girl,
that I have seen it.

Wear the Tarara
a green dress
full of frills
and bells.

La Tarara, yes;
the tarara, no;
la Tarara, girl,
that I have seen it.

Wear my Tarara
his silk tail
on the broom
and peppermint.

Ay, crazy Tarara.
Move your waist
for boys
of the olives.

Pegasos, cute Pegasos (Antonio Machado)

I knew as a child,
the joy of spinning
on a red steed,
on a party night.

In the dusty air
the candles sparkled,
And the blue night burned
all strewn with stars.

Childish joys
they cost a coin
copper, cute pegasi,
rocking horses!

Winter is coming (Marisol Perales)

Mr. winter
dresses in white,
puts on his coat
because it is trembling.

It goes to the mountain,
gets into the river,
and the park and the street
they fill with cold.

It lies in the rain
crying, crying,
and also to the wind
that is blowing.

Come friend sun!
Scream on the way
but the sun doesn’t come
because he has fallen asleep.

The seven lives of the cat (Rafael Pombo)

Asked the cat Mambrú
the greyhound Forgiveness:
– Relative of Micifú,
What secret do you have
to live seven lives?
And Mambrú replied:
—My secret is very simple,
because it consists only
in frequenting like me
the toilet and the brush.

The square has a tower (Antonio Machado)

The plaza has a tower,
the tower has a balcony,
the balcony has a lady,
the lady a white flower.

A gentleman has passed,
Who knows why it happened!
and has taken the square
with its tower and its balcony,
with his balcony and his lady,
his lady and his white flower.

Verses for children

If you are in search of beautiful verses for children, then do not miss this section, because we have given ourselves the task of selecting the best ones to share with your children or students and hook them into poetry.

These verses are great to share as a family and even to present at school activities.

My shadow (Edgar Allan García)

My shadow follows me,
my shadow catches me

My shadow shrinks
my shadow lengthens.

Imitates me and vanishes
folds and enlarges
and it goes down when I go up
and it goes up when I go down.

And without any work
it is dinosaur or cloud.

It is giant or dwarf
and it’s where I was.

Shadow you lengthen
night in day.

There where you put
you are my other and the same.

Shadow you astonish
under hat or umbrella,
tell me in silence sister
tell me why don’t you shine

The butterfly (Federico García Lorca)

Air butterfly
you’re beautiful!
Air butterfly
golden and green.

Lamp light …
Air butterfly,
stay there, there, there.

You don’t want to stop
you don’t want to stop …
Air butterfly,
golden and green.

Lamp light …
Air butterfly,
stay there, there, there.
stay here.
Butterfly, are you there?

He was a child who dreamed (Antonio Machado)

He was a child who dreamed
a cardboard horse.
The boy opened his eyes
and the little horse did not see.

With a white rocking horse
the boy dreamed again;
and by the mane I would take it …
Now you won’t run away!

He had hardly caught it,
the boy woke up.
His fist was closed.
The rocking horse flew!

The boy remained very serious
thinking it’s not true
a dream horse.
And he did not dream again.

Landscape (Federico García Lorca)

The wrong afternoon
dressed in cold.

Behind the glass
shady, all the children,
come become birds
a yellow tree.

The afternoon is stretched
along the river.
And an apple blush
trembles in the roofs.

Popcorn on the beach (Anonymous)

At the sea’s shore
a dove sings;
sweetly sings,
sadly cries,
sweetly sings
the white dove;
the chicks are leaving
and leave her alone.

Song of the flying child (José Sebastián Tallón)

The sleeping child is,
And what a dream he is dreaming!
What dreams He dreams that he flies.
How well you fly dreaming!

Open your arms, move them
like a bird, and already flying …
What dreams That it is not a dream.
How well you dream of flying!

In the cradle he is still
but smile, dreaming.
What dreams That flies, flies.
How well you fly dreaming!

Children’s poetry for primary school children

Poetry is a literary genre that fascinates more than one, the reason? It expresses the human feelings that emanate from the depths of the heart and soul. Although poetry is commonly related to romantic love and sadness, the truth is that there is also poetry for children, and perfect examples of this are those that we now show you and that can be recited in schools.

The happy girl danced (Almudena Orellana Palomares)

The happy girl was dancing
on a starry night.

Move to the sound of the air,
under the silver moon.

How the girl danced!
How the girl danced!

With eyes like two headlights
and fine embroidered eyelashes.

With a very white heart
and butterflies in the soul.

The happy girl was dancing
under the starry night.

How the girl danced,
how the girl danced.

Everything is in its place (Gloria Fuertes)

Wolves in the bush,
the chicks in the corral,
the fish in the water,
ships at sea.

Everything is already in place,
everything in its place.
Children at school
and the ducks to fly

The cat on the roof (Miss Paola)

The cat on the roof is hungry and angry.
He’s looking for a mouse, but none has found.
He is no longer the young man from before, he no longer jumps, runs or almost flies.
He is so old and tired that not even hunger reveals him.

It’s time to go to sleep. The cat on the roof under the moon dreams.
Tomorrow will be another day, you will not be hungry and angry.
Maybe I’ll find a mouse, maybe I’ll find the girl …
that until recently was its owner.

The flute donkey (Tomás de Iriarte y Oropesa)

This fable,
go right or wrong
it has happened to me now
by chance.

Near some meadows
What’s in my place
a donkey was passing
by chance.

A flute on them
found that a man
was left forgotten
by chance.

He came closer to smell it
the said animal,
and snorted
by chance.

In the flute the air
had to sneak in,
and the flute sounded
by chance.

“Oh!” Said the donkey,
“How well I know how to play!
And they will say that it is bad
the ass music! ”.

Without art rules,
little donkeys
that once they get it right
by chance.

Give me your hand (Gabriela Mistral)

Give me your hand and we will dance;
give me your hand and you will love me.
As a single flower we will be,
like a flower, and nothing else …

The same verse we will sing,
at the same pace you will dance.
Like a spike we will undulate,
like a spike, and nothing else.

Your name is Rosa and I Esperanza;
but you will forget your name,
because we will be a dance
on the hill and nothing else …

Toys are to play to play (Gloria Fuertes)

Not to Play to Kill (lie)
The pistols (or water)
The revolver (not kidding)
The shotgun (or touch it)
Toys for everything
And weapons for nothing.

Short poems for children that rhyme

Teaching some verses to the little ones will help them to know the concept of rhyme that in most cases is present in poetry. The poems we share with you in this section are full of rhythm that is evident in their assonance and consonant rhymes. Select those that are according to the age of your children and read them along with them.

The unruly mice (Marisa Alonso Santamaría)

Inside your mousetrap
two unruly mice,
come to the sleepy cat
who is closing his eyes.

Each one on one side,
they are pulling his tail,
the cat has noticed
but the clueless is done.

They tug at his ears,
they take small bites
the cat with great patience
moves them as a warning.

They have taken his mustaches
they are tickling him,
the cat moves its muzzle
and in his mouth a mouse catches.

The other one goes crazy,
he yells with great leaps:
Release my mouse friend
we’re just playing. ”

The cat in a good mood,
laughing out loud,
take the mouse out of his mouth
then it blows in his face.

Running away from the mousetrap,
the two running are gone,
the cat closes its eyes
and he sleeps fun.

Mantis Song (Carlos Marianidis)

I’m an all green bug,
thin as a stick.

I jumped next to a girl
and the little girl screamed.

I put my legs together
as if to pray
and instead of calming down,
the girl began to cry.

I hardly shook my head
to kiss her on a finger
and the girl ran away …
I almost died of fear!

From wave to wave (Antonio García Teijeiro)

From wave to wave,
from branch to branch,
the wind whistles
every morning.

From sunrise to sunset,
from moon to moon,
the mother rocks
rock the cradle.

Be on the beach
or is in the port,
my boat
the wind carries it.

Verses of the earth (Javier Luis Taboada)

The Earth is a spinning top that won’t stop spinning.
Although it seems round, do not be fooled.
It is a little flattened above and below.
It is like a peeled tangerine marking segments.
The Earth when it moves, turns on itself
and around its sun, without destroying the chrism.

As long as you fall asleep (Gabriela Mistral)

The red rose caught yesterday;
the fire and cinnamon they call carnation;
baked aniseed bread with honey,
and the fish in the vial that makes it burn:
all yours, little son of a woman,
as long as you want to fall asleep at once.
The rose, I say: I say the carnation.
The fruit, I say, and I say that the honey;
and the fish of lights and more and more too,
As long as you sleep until dawn!

Cloud, cloud (Almudena Orellana Palomares)

Cloud you climb
over the roofs.
Cloud coming down
sowing puddles.

Cloud coming up,
cloud coming down,
flying cloud
without leaving marks.

Cloud that paints shadows,
cloud that hollows dreams;
traveling cloud
furrowing the sky.

Cloud you climb
cloud coming down,
cloud you fly
on my pillow.

The happy girl danced (Almudena Orellana Palomares)

The happy girl was dancing
on a starry night.
It moved, to the sound of the air,
under the silver moon.

How the girl danced!
How the girl danced!

With eyes like two headlights
and fine embroidered eyelashes.
With a very white heart
and butterflies in the soul.

The happy girl was dancing
under the starry night
How the girl danced,
how the girl danced.

The effect of poetry on children

Poetry is a wonderful literary genre and possibly one of the best ways for children to have a first contact with books. Although many are the ones who prefer to tell stories, the poems for children generally have the particularity of being brief and alluding to subjects that appeal to them.

If you start reading to the little ones some verses of reduced length, it is quite likely that little by little they discover the value of books and want to read more and more.

But not only this, reading poems helps children in their cognitive, intellectual, emotional, sentimental development, arouses creativity in them and makes their imaginations fly.

The good results that poetry produces in the education and development of children has been proven, for this reason, it is frequent that they are used as part of activities in nursery schools, even those that serve very young children.

Great poets who wrote for children

Perhaps you realized when reading our extensive collection of poems that several poets of international fame thought of children and that is why they wrote some works directed at them.

We are talking about writers like Gloria Fuertes, Federico García Lorca, Lope de Vega, Antonio Machado and even the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Gabriela Mistral.

All this, and many more, made a space in their works to bequeath to the world beautiful verses for children that reach their hearts, and several of them we just showed you in this article, which we hope you liked.