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Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

Updated on October 27, 2014

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What Little Boys are Made Of!

"What Are Little Boys Made Of?" is a popular nursery rhyme dating from the early nineteenth century. Everyone is familiar with the well-known stanza:

"What are little boys made of

Snips & snails & puppy dogs tails"

I recently came across another version, but cannot find any background on its origin. Instead, I thought I'd show off some fun 'gift' items that match the words to this charming poem shown in a box below.

Let's browse through the words and see what cute toys and other gifts for little boys match up with these darling words.

What are little boys made of?

Snakes and Snails.

Mud and Mischief.

Puppies and Princes.

Fingerprints and Frogs.

Kites and Kingdoms.

Wagons and Worms.

Baseballs and Bikes.

Tigers and Trucks.

Racecars and Rope Swings.

Laughter and Legends... and a Lifetime of Love.

Snakes & Snails...

Wooden Toy Alphabet Snake
Wooden Toy Alphabet Snake | Source


There's just something that seems to bind little boys and snakes together, much to the dismay of their mothers!

This 'alphabet snake' handmade in wood by John Darch is a clever and colorway way to teach a child the alphabet. Perfect for those little boys who love snakes and a snake that 'mom' won't mind touching!

Snake puzzle measures 8 inches by 13 inches and contains 26 pieces. It can be found in John's Etsy show called Caney Springs Crafts.

Plush Caterpillar
Plush Caterpillar | Source

Snails and Caterpillars both Appeal to Little Boys

Handmade and Found on Etsy

In addition to the snail, boys like caterpillars. This fun plush Caterpillar hand-crocheted in teal & white is perfect for a baby boy's room or new baby gift. Soft and safe with embroidered features and filled with soft polyfil.

Mud and Mischief

Little Boys and Mud Seem to Go Together

MUD - the perfect name for an animal who wallows in mud the way little boys seem to do. What is the attraction of a mud puddle to a boy? Mud the hippo seems to know!

Ganz Webkinz Mud Hippo Plush
Ganz Webkinz Mud Hippo Plush
Boys play in mud... or with a cute MUD Hippo.

Monkeys and Boys Both Equal 'Mischief'

What gets into more 'mischief' , a monkey... or a little boy?

They are both as much fun to watch play as a 'barrel' full of monkeys! :)

Puppies and Princes...

Playful Puppies in Handmade Plush

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A Pair of PuppiesPatches the Plush PuppyPeter Puppy in plush
A Pair of Puppies
A Pair of Puppies | Source
Patches the Plush Puppy
Patches the Plush Puppy
Peter Puppy in plush
Peter Puppy in plush

The Prince Doll from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The fairytale Prince from Snow White is a 12 inch tall posable doll. And, yes, even little boys sometimes play with dolls - like this 'boy' doll or 'action figures'.

Fingerprints and Frogs...

Dinosaurs Fingerprint Kit

Dinosaur art created with these awesome Printoons. Includes large dinosaur-themed play pack, a 6-color ink pad, instructions and activity pages. The ink in the kit is washable.

Frogs and Little Boys Definitely Go Together!

The most popular Prince of all is in the shape of a FROG - and frogs are favorites of little boys!

Kites and Kingdoms...

Dinosaur Kite~

This dinosaur kite is a cinch to launch and a delight to fly! It measures 45 inches across and over 7 feet long.

Kingdom of Legos!

LEGO Kingdoms Outpost Attack 7948
LEGO Kingdoms Outpost Attack 7948
Save the kingdom by creating... and defending... the outpost!

Wagons and Worms...

Little Red Wagon~

Perfect for tots, this wagon has seats that fold up or down.

The seats even come with seatbelts for very small boys (and girls) and the wagon even has cup holders just like daddy's car!

Wormy Worms -- What Little Boys Love!

Wild Science Worm Farm
Wild Science Worm Farm
An educational toy little boys will love. Worms and little boys go together!

Baseballs and Bikes...

The Boys in our Family Become Baseball Fans at a Young Age!

Baseball Cap for Babies
Baseball Cap for Babies | Source


Boys love baseball from Babyhood, especially if their parents are baseball fans! :)

This cute crocheted baseball cap is the creation of Linda from Wisconsin, a 'mom' to a boy and 'grandma' to his little boy! The baby baseball cap can be found in her Etsy shop she calls 'Grandma Linda's House'.

Best Huffy Boy's Bike...

Nothing is more popular with boys than a Bike. Just 12", this is a great size for 'little' boys. The bike includes sturdy training wheels for 'learning-to-ride' time. Amazon has bikes for boys in any size, from tiny tots size to big boy rides! :-)


Tigers and Trucks...

Boys Tiger Shirt
Boys Tiger Shirt | Source

Little Boys are 'Tough as Tigers'...

or at least they like to think they are!

This boys shirt with an appliqued tiger will be a favorite of a little boy in your life.

This hand-appliqued design by Julie, a Florida crafter, is available on clothing featured in her Etsy shop she calls juliesonny (and known by Chloe Belle's Closet).

Take a Toy Dump Truck + a Boy... and Hours of Imaginary Play Begins!

Race Cars and Rope Swings...

What Little Boy Doesn't Love to Play Cars?


Race Cars..... Vrooommm! Cars + Boys = Fun!

Green Toys Race Car - Blue
Green Toys Race Car - Blue
A cool hot rod is a favorite with big and little boys!

Nicholas Enjoying a Swing!


Rope Swings...

Step2 Infant To Toddler Swing Seat, Turquoise
Step2 Infant To Toddler Swing Seat, Turquoise
Baby boys and very small boys fit securely and snugly in this cute swing. My grandson loved swinging in his toddler swing when he was a little boy!

Keep the Memories of Your Little Boy!

A 'memory album' to record your little boy's childhood filled with all the adventures of his life.

Laughter and Legends...

And a Lifetime of Love.

That's What Little Boys are Made Of!

These Little Boys... - are my 5 Grandsons

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The bigger boys...The two youngest...
The bigger boys...
The bigger boys...
The two youngest...
The two youngest...

© 2012 Wednesday-Elf

Come Tell Me About YOUR Special Little Boy!

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love the cleverness of creative crafters, Mouse. That alphabet snake is a dandy way to help a little one learn the alphabet - especially those little boys who seem to love snakes.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      What a fun article! I love that alphabet snake! Such a shame I didn't have that for my son when he was a little fellow.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Paul Ward: I think there is more than one version, Paul. 'Snips & Snails' was in the original nursery rhyme from England in the 19th century, according to Wikipedia. :-) Thanks for the visit.

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      5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      "Frogs and snails" was what I heard as a child.

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      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Ruthi: Most definitely!

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      5 years ago

      A lifetime of love, indeed that is what our little boys are made of!

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      7 years ago

      These are all so sweet for those little boys. They are made of some fun stuff, but I think boys and I have those tigers in common!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Awwwww! Can you hear me screaming! I want that crocheted caterpillar and that awesome kite!!! Step aside boys! Their mine!

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      7 years ago from North Wales, UK

      I used to say this poem to my girls if they had a bad dream, only changed it to what do boys dream of. That way, little girls get to dream of sugar and spice and all things nice! Bit stuck now I have two grandsons, I want them to have nice dreams too! Great lens, love how u've put this together, thanks :-)

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      Gregory Moore 

      7 years ago from Louisville, KY

      That brings back some memories. I used to read that to my son when he was little.

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      7 years ago

      I have a little girl (11 months) but since I'm planning to have more than 1 child, who knows, maybe my second child will be a boy - which means that I really need to know what little boys are made of:). P.S.I really like the photo of your grandsones, they are soooo adorable.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Clever and fun!

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful, clever finds for the poem! The plush frog prince made me smile. Great collection of gifts!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      What a really fun and fabulous presentation Elf! These are some great gift suggestions for boys too :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your grandsons are precious. Mine is now a teenager and out of the fun toys stage. You sure have some great toys for little boys here and I love the clever way you present them. Very nice.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      What a great collection - don't have a little boy myself, but I've often had to buy gifts for other people's little boys and now I know what to get them!

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      7 years ago

      I have to rely on nephews to know anything about little boys, but these are great fun ways to celebrate what little boys are made of!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      7 years ago

      You're grandsons are handsome young men! I can agree with you, having my own son, this is definitely a great list of things little boys are made of!


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