Welcome to Storynory, and this week we will dive into the fun and silly world of limericks. I'm your host, Lucy Limerick! Well, actually I’m Jana, but Lucy Limerick is quite a fitting name for this episode.
Read by Jana
Written by Bertie with original Limericks
And sponsored by Kiwico who make fantastic projects in crates!
Now what is a limerick? It's a funny little poem with five lines.
Three of them rhyme, and there’s also a little rhyming couplet.
It’s simple. I’ll give you an example, and you’ll soon grasp it. Listen to this classic Limerick.
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'
Did you hear how the lines flowed and rhymed? That limerick was by Edward Lear, a Victorian poet who wrote loads of limericks and published them in his Book of Nonsense. He even drew funny cartoons to accompany his verses!
It’s amazing how much you can say in just five silly lines. Let’s take a magical ride through some famous stories transformed into limericks!
🌟 First Stop: Fairy Tale Kingdom! 🌟
Here’s a story I’m sure you all know. It’s about a girl with a glass slipper!
There once was a maid named Cinderella,
Whose stepsisters were not very stellar.
With a pumpkin and mice,
And a slipper so nice,
She danced with her prince; what a fella!
Ah, Cinderella! What a magical evening she had!
🐭 Second Stop: Storynory Station! 🐭
Now, let’s visit a brave little mouse from one of our Storynory tales, called "The Cat That Went Ting-A-Ling".
Brave little Jimmy, a mouse of great might,
Tied the bell to the cat in the night.
With a "ting-a-ling" warning,
From dusk until morning,
No more did the cat cause a fright!
Great job, little Jimmy! He saved the day (or night)!
🐔 Third Stop: Aesop’s Meadow! 🐔
Now, we’re Off to Aesop's Meadow, where a crafty fox meets his match!
There once was a fox, sly and neat,
Who craved a plump hen for a treat?
But the hen was wise,
She saw through his disguise,
And left Mr. Fox with no meat.
There’s a lesson to learn from every fable. The wise hen certainly showed that fox who’s boss!
⚔️ Fourth Stop: Ancient Greece! ⚔️
On to Ancient Greece for an epic limerick of the tale of Troy!
A horse made of wood was the ruse,
That Odysseus did cleverly use.
The Trojans beguiled,
Brought it in and then smiled,
Until out sprang the Greeks, and lit the fuse!
Wow, what an epic battle that was!
🌲 Last Stop: The Enchanted Forest! 🌲
Our final story takes us to the Enchanted Forest, where Little Red Riding Hood has an adventure!
In the woods, Little Red was quite happy,
With a basket of treats, for her granny.
Met a wolf in disguise,
Who had big, greedy eyes,
But the woodsman made his end short and snappy.
The woodsman saved the day! You can never get tired of that story.
Don’t go away because have one more brilliant, fresh-out-of-the-oven limerick for all you creative kids out there:
When I was growing up, reciting limericks out loud was a great way to overcome my shyness and inspire my confidence. Those activities we do as children are so important to us for the rest of our lives; that’s why I’m really happy to recommend Kiwico……
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Now, as promised, here’s one more bonus limerick to inspire you to be creative!
In a world that is wide and fantastic,
There live kids whose minds are elastic,
With dreams oh so bright,
And hearts full of light,
Their adventures are wildly enthusiastic!
Thank you for joining me on this whimsical journey down Limerick Lane. Remember, limericks are a fun and creative way to tell stories. So why not make up your own?
And by the way, are you wondering where Limericks got their name? Well, here’s the answer
In Ireland, limericks took flight,
With humour both naughty and bright.
Short verses with flair,
Their rhythm a dare,
A poetic and playful delight!
Yes, they are named after the Irish city of Limerick.
Until next time, keep rhyming, and let your imagination soar!
And don’t forget we have loads of stories and rhymes for you to enjoy on Storynory.com.
##Educational Activities Involving Limericks
Here are a few fun educational activities involving limericks that can be used to help kids, including those learning English as a second language:
Limerick Illustrations: Have students listen to a limerick, then draw what they understand. This activity engages their listening skills and encourages them to think creatively about the words they hear.
Limerick Scavenger Hunt: Create limericks containing clues to your school's locations. Give students the limericks, and have them figure out the clues and find the sites. This activity can be particularly helpful in getting students to associate words with physical places and objects.
Limerick Swap: Divide students into pairs. Each pair writes a limerick together in English. They then swap their Limerick with another pair and translate it into their native language. This activity helps in vocabulary building and understanding sentence structure in both languages.
Rhyme Time Limericks: Give students the first two lines of a limerick and have them complete the rest, ensuring the lines rhyme appropriately. This activity can help students understand the concept of rhyming words, which is an essential aspect of English language poetry.
Limerick Charades: Write a limerick with some action (like jumping, running, etc.). Read the Limerick to the students and then have them act out the activities mentioned.
Cultural Exchange Limericks: Ask students to create limericks that incorporate elements of their culture. Share these limericks with the class. This activity can be an opportunity to learn not only language but also about the different cultures represented in the classroom.
Use limericks to create a story.
Assign groups of students with different parts of a story (beginning, middle, end) to write in limerick form.
Combine all the limericks to create a complete story.
Limerick Vocabulary Expansion: Choose a set of vocabulary words that you want the students to learn. Have them create limericks using these words. This activity is a fun way for them to use new words in sentences.
Remember to keep the activities light-hearted and fun, as limericks are meant to be amusing. This will keep the students engaged and make learning more enjoyable for them.