Animal Poem for Kids

Boys And Things That Crawl

My family and I moved to Japan a little over two years ago from America. I am the mother of two, a daughter, age 9, and a son who just turned 7. Since coming to Japan, my son has become obsessed with all things that wiggle and crawl. I have seen things here that look like they came from outer space. He is constantly bringing home bugs to show me. One day, after playing at the park, he had filled his pant pocket with worms. Not knowing this, I proceeded to do a load of laundry. You can imagine my surprise when I opened the washer!

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Great poem. My daughter also likes worms. When she was younger she would play happily in the muck collecting worms for hours.

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A Worm In My Pocket

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Published: September 2008

One rainy day on my way home from school,
I found a big worm and thought it was cool.

I picked up the worm with my bare hand,
held it up high, thinking how grand!

The worm was so cute and wiggled a lot.
I put him in my pocket to show Mom what I'd caught.

What will she say when I show her my find?
Will she let me keep it? I hope she won't mind.

Mom was in the kitchen when I showed her what I'd found.
She screamed, "No, way! Put it back in the ground!"

Now I'm so angry; she always says, "No."
If she won't let me keep it, then I will just go!

So me and my worm packed a sandwich or two,
ran out the door, and down the street we both flew.

We walked to the park and sat on a bench.
I pulled out my worm and noticed a stench.

He looked kind of floppy but wiggled a bit.
I thought, "Oh my Gosh, my worm is not fit!"

I laid him in the dirt and let him go free.
I guess that my pocket was not the best place to be.

Poem of the Day for: 11/26/2017

Children have a natural attraction to things that crawl and wriggle, but sometimes their excitement to keep those creatures causes unintended harm.

Connect Over a Poem:

Can your child relate to the narrator of this poem? Have they ever hidden a creature in their pocket only to realize it’s not the best place to keep a “pet”?

Fun Activity:

For a fun treat, make Dirt and Worms Chex Mix.

  1. Place 4 cups of Chocolate Chex cereal in a large microwavable bowl.
  2. In a microwavable measuring cup, melt ¼ c. butter. Stir in 2 tablespoons of chocolate instant pudding mix, and then pour over the cereal. Mix until evenly coated.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Add a handful of gummy worms and 8 crushed Oreos. Mix together. Spread out on waxed paper and allow to cool.


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  • Rosemary C. Keogh by Rosemary C. Keogh, Dublin
  • 2 years ago

Great poem. My daughter also likes worms. When she was younger she would play happily in the muck collecting worms for hours.

  • Paris Aus by Paris Aus
  • 5 years ago

I think worms are weird but I still like them it's not like I would kill one because I found it.

  • Darrel by Darrel, ZW
  • 6 years ago

Great poem, I am a bugs man too, I collect a lot of bugs and they are cool!!!!

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