Ooey Gooey was a Worm – A Poem for Young Kids


“Ooey Gooey was a Worm” is a great poem for little kids to learn and recite. The words are as follows:

Oooey gooey was a worm
And a mighty worm was he
He sat upon a railroad track
And a train he did not see,
Oooey Gooey!

You can hear it recited in the video below…


Many thanks to Dean Brown for sharing this poem with us!

Mama Lisa

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7 Responses to “Ooey Gooey was a Worm – A Poem for Young Kids”

  1. Mark Says:

    Wo . I have not herd this sinse i was 7 .. i was telling it to my 3yo and sudenly thought .. oh i wonder if thrs another verse .. but that would be silly 😎🤣

  2. Lisa Yannucci Says:

    This poem can be found in print as far back as 1938 in the Colorado Transcript, Number 28, May 12, 1938

  3. VP Wiggin Says:

    This is not how I heard the poem back in the 70’s. Here’s how I heard it:

    Ooey Gooey was a worm.
    A mighty worm was he.
    He stepped upon a railroad track,
    A train he did not see.
    Ooey Gooey WAS a worm.

    I like this version better because the final line, by emphasizing “WAS”, really tells what happened to the worm. And the kids like that the final line and 1st line are the same words, but mean different things.

  4. Steve Says:

    I learnt this version..
    Ooey Gooey was a worm.
    A fine young worm was he.
    He ventured on a railway track,
    The train he did not see.
    OOch OUch! Splatter Splutter,
    Ooey Gooey’s Peanut Butter

  5. Kimberly Lee-Smith Says:

    My mother taught it to me as

    Oooey Gooey was a Worm, Oooey Gooey like to squirm, Oooey Gooey got stepped on,….ooey gooey!

  6. Lenny Says:

    See that’s how I remember it too Kimberly Lee Smith from the 1960’s.

  7. Leslee Says:

    This is how I learned it in the 1950’s.
    Icky wicky was a worm, a noble worm was he
    He stepped upon a railroad track, approaching train he did not see
    SQUISH – Icky wicky is now Ooey Gooey!

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