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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #6

A poem by Shel Silverstein

Band-Aids
by Shel Silverstein

I have a Band-Aid on my finger,
One on my knee, and one on my nose,
One on my heel, and two on my shoulder,
Three on my elbow, and nine on my toes.
Two on my wrist, and one on my ankle,
One on my chin, and one on my thigh,
Four on my belly, and five on my bottom,
One on my forehead, and one on my eye.
One on my neck, and in case I might need em
I have a box of thirty-five more.
But oh! I do think it's sort of a pity
I don't have a cut or a sore!

Where the Sidewalk Ends, 1974

Introduction
Of course the following poem begs for actual bandaids to be displayed on the reader in a variety of locations!

Extension
Children can share stories of their most terrible or unusual "boo boos." Or, as you read the poem out loud, have the children hold up the number of fingers that correspond to each number mentioned. With ESL children, it might also be helpful to clarify each of the body parts mentioned in the poem. This poem can even be performed with motions, pointing to each body part and band-aid location.