Poetry doesn't always have to be serious or difficult to understand, as funny haiku poems will show you. Children can be introduced to this form of poetry and begin to write their own funny haikus.
About Haiku Poetry
Haiku originated in Japan and traditional forms usually relate to the seasons of the year. The usual haiku format is one line consisting of five syllables, the next made up of seven syllables and the last line containing five. Other haiku forms may be comprised of:
- Three-syllable line
- Four-syllable line
- Three-syllable line
Whichever one you're familiar with, forms of haikus are very brief, which is perfect for the short attention span many children have.
Although formal types of haiku may adhere closely to the original Japanese format, people have adapted haikus to talk about many different subjects, not just seasons. Funny haiku poems can cover any topic. When writing them for children, think about what makes them laugh, and then write about it!
Finding Funny Haiku Poems for Kids
You don't have to be a poet to enjoy haiku. Younger children will probably find haiku very enjoyable as these poems are so short. These online resources provide a wide variety of funny haiku poetry and other forms of funny poetry that cover a wide range of topics.
- Giggle Poetry contains a large selection of poems designed to bring a smile to a child's face. All of the haiku doesn't stick to a traditional format; it's more important that it be funny and appealing to kids.
- Haiku Poems and Poetry for Kids is a blog dedicated to haiku that children will enjoy. Most of the haiku here is humorous and suitable for children of all ages.
- The PBS site not only offers a poetry section for children featuring characters from some of their favorite TV shows, it gives a brief explanation about haiku and helps to inspire kids to write their own.
- Funny Poems will appeal to those in the age 7 to 11 bracket, and lets parents and children know that some of the poems cover topics that are more appropriate to older children. Placing "haiku" in the search box will point you to a funny poem.
Helping Kids to Write Their Own Haikus
Once a child learns about haiku, he may be inspired to pick up a pencil and create his own. Because these are such short poems, kids can get a great sense of accomplishment in a short period of time. Parents can help encourage this creativity by taking an interest in a child's poems, but keep feedback positive so that he wants to continue writing.
Many children love "potty humor" so don't be surprised if your youngster's funny haikus are all about the bathroom! Some humorous examples that children can learn from and be inspired by:
On meatball mountain
Sauce is sticky and gooey
Where is my dog Spot?
Little brothers, ugh
Mom says he has to stay but
I say why not vote?
I can make noises
With my hand and underarm
Flappity flap flap
Let's have a contest
Who can burp the loudest? You
Or me? Ready, go!
Don't be surprised if a child doesn't want to stop writing haikus once she starts. Parents may want to keep an eye out for contests promoted in children's magazines or through the school, as a way to encourage this writing outlet further. By the time kids get to junior high and high school, their love of poetry will be expanded to many other forms, but they may always have a special fondness for the funny haikus they discover today.