Poems for Dad
Parental supervision is recommended
Kids learn all about poetry with this Haiku and Limerick inspired craft... and Dad gets his very own masterpiece for Father's Day!
What you'll need:
- Paper (scratch paper and something nice to put the poem on)
- Crayons or markers to decorate it
- You could also make a card with a poem inside
How to make it:
A haiku is a form of poetry adapted from a type of traditional Japanese poetry. The traditional form of the haiku had three basic rules. The first rule is that the first and third lines have five syllables (parts of words that "make your chin drop" when you say them) and the second line has seven syllables. The second rule is that the poem should in some way tell about the season in which the poem takes place. It doesn't have to come out and say the season; it can just hint at it. The third rule is that either the first or second line should have a "pause" placed there to cause the reader to stop and think for a moment about the subject. What follows are two different ideas, one about fishing and one about a father. Try writing one for your dad --- he'll love it!
I think about my
father on his special day ---
he makes my heart smile.
My shirt sticks to me ---
I watch the cork disappear
as the fish gets fed.
Limericks have always been a favorite because they are supposed to be funny! There are five lines. The first, second, and fifth line rhyme with each other and the third and fourth lines
rhyme with each other. Most begin with "There once was a . . . " Try one of these to make your father laugh!
There once was a dad that I knew,
He tried to "teach me a thing or two,"
He taught me to fish
And how to cook a dish
And how to fly a kite when the wind blew.
There was a dad from Illinois,
To know him was such a joy.
He told silly tales
And made castles with pails
And acted just like a small boy.
There once were a mom and a dad,
They loved me even when I was bad.
If sometimes I did wrong,
They weren't mad for long
They're the best parents I ever had.
You could also come up with your own special poem. Although poetry does not have to rhyme, you can make any of your writing "sound like" a poem by sticking with a pattern of rhyme.
Look at these traditional favorites to see the pattern in their rhyming words. Lines with the same letter after them rhyme with each other.
Mary had a little lamb A
Its fleece was white as snow. B
And everywhere that Mary went, C
The lamb was sure to go. B
The rhyme pattern is called ABCB. The second and fourth lines rhyme with each other, but the first and third lines don't rhyme with any other lines.
Little Jack Horner A
Sat in a corner, A
Eating his Christmas pie. B
He stuck in his thumb C
And pulled out a plum, C
And said, "What a good boy am I!" B
This poem would be AABCCB. The first two lines of each verse rhyme. The last two lines of verses one and two rhyme with each other. (A line is all of the words on the same line on the
page. A verse is a group of lines where there are no spaces between the lines.) You can try any pattern here or make up one of your own to make an original "rhyming" poem for your father.
To make these extra special, illustrate (draw a picture to go with) your poems, or you could put one inside one of our printable Father's Day cards. Your dad will love your creativity!