Write a Funny Limerick

What You Need:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Dictionary or thesaurus (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Before beginning this activity, discuss the rules for writing a limerick. Your child will need to know that limericks are five-line poems with an (AABBA) rhyme scheme. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have seven to ten syllables and lines 3 and 4 have five to seven syllables.
  2. Help your child pick a topic for the poem. Invite her to get creative!
  3. Encourage your child to put on her poetry hat, and get to writing! She may need to consult a dictionary or thesaurus if she gets stuck. Try to stick to the limerick structure, but it’s okay to bend the rules a little to help your young poet.

A humorous limerick makes is a wonderful way to make someone special smile! Invite your child to rewrite her favorite limerick with a picture to accompany it, and give it as a gift to a friend or relative.

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