My First Poem |
Poetry Competition

Nursery & Preschool

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Engage your children with poetry writing...

A fantastic 'All About Me' project!

Help your children write their very own first poem using our fun, easy 'All About Me' template and, your setting could win £1,000!

It's a lovely way to build literacy and creative skills, plus the activity supports the Ealy Years Foundation Stage literacy requirements too!

You can view 2020's winners here.

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To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per child, there is no limit to the number of entries per setting.

  • Independent entrants are welcome, please provide your full postal address rather than the nursery details.

  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper.

  • Poems must be each child's own work.

  • Ensure that all entrants' name, age and setting are included on the entry form.

  • Poems can be written out by an adult.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize - £1,000
Make sure you tell us why you should win and what you'd spend the prize money on. 

Runner-Up - Lending Library
One setting will receive a huge bundle of books!


Complimentary book for every school featuring their children's work. 


For Pupils

Certificate for each child whose work is accepted for publication. 

Free bookmark and sticker for all children taking part. 


Send your entries by uploading them:

Enter Now

Enter through our pupil writing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Post

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers EYFS
Remus House

Writing Tips

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Tip #1

Let’s play rhyming hopscotch!

On a hopscotch grid, place 10 images, 1 in each square.

Game 1: Call out what is on one of the images, a child then hopscotches to the correct image. If they can, they tell you a rhyming word. If they can’t, you tell them a word that rhymes with it instead.

Game 2: Have 10 images, in rhyming pairs.
Bed and head
Spoon and moon
Cat and hat
Dog and frog
Hand and sand

Children play hopscotch as usual, collecting the pictures, then they match the pairs once all have been collected.

Tip #2

Check out these books!

There are so many lovely rhyming books available, here are our favourites!

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

10 Little Penguins

Green Eggs and Ham

Fox’s Socks

Each Peach, Pear, Plum

Hairy Mclary

Tip #3

Play the crayon game!

1. Grab a box of different coloured crayons (remove purple and orange to make life much easier!)

2. Sing this song to the children: Lots of crayons in this box, can you find the one that rhymes with

Tip #4

Have a poetry tea party!

Gather toys and objects associated with nursery rhymes, e.g.
Row, row your boat
Humpty Dumpty
Twinkle, twinkle little star
Tiny Tim

Layout a tea party and invite children to come and role play. At this tea party, everyone has to sing their favourite nursery rhymes... you can even let the children make up their own silly songs and rhymes!

Tip #5

This fun game helps children learn the parts of their body as well as rhymes!

Point to a body part, such as your eye, and see how many words the children can suggest that rhyme with it!
Here are a few easy to rhyme body parts:

Eye: sky, pie, lie, why
Lip: hip, chip, ship, snip
Knee: wee, sea, bee, key
Head: bed, said, bread, red
Hair: bear, scare, square, prayer
Leg: peg, egg, beg
Hand: sand, land, band
Bum: gum, drum, mum

Tip #6

Assess the stages of rhyme...

Where are your children at?

Stage 1: Hearing rhyme – has grown accustomed to hearing and repeating rhymes.

Stage 2: Recognising rhyme – can identify two words that rhyme.

Stage 3: Producing rhyme – can think of a word that rhymes with another.

The last five weeks of tips should have helped children reach stage 2, but the activities are timeless so keep using them!

Get In Touch

Young Writers EYFS
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 26th February 2021