Make A Book Of Jokes

Children love telling jokes and puns as their knowledge of language increases.  Word play is a great way of exploring language.  Make a scrapbook to collect all your favourite family jokes.

This is a great opportunity for children to explore presentation of information. Children can cut out pictures from papers and magazines to illustrate their jokes.  Children can practice their handwriting (far less painful when it is short and entertaining!)use calligraphy, explore the fonts on a word processor or cut out letters and words from newspaper headlines to present their jokes.

Make the book as a present for someone or to take into school to share.  Like all writers children need a potential audience to inspire their efforts.

Here are a few jokes to get you started!

Q. Why are teddy bears never hungry?
A. Because they are always stuffed!

Q.Where do cows go for a date?
A. To the MOOO-vies!

Q. Why did the snake cross the road?
A. To get to the other ssssssside!

Q. What is a crocodile’s favorite game?
A. Snap!

Q.  What do you call a nervous dinosaur?
A.  A nervous rex!

Q: How does a lion introduce himself to other animals?
A: Pleased to eat you.

Q.What sort of snake is good at arithmetic?
A. An adder.

Q: Why is it so easy to weigh a fish?
A: Because it has its own scales!

Q: What is the name for a dinosaur with no eyes?
A: Doyouthinkysaraus.

Q: What happens when it rains cats and dogs?
A: You can step in a poodle!

Humour and Child Development

We laugh at jokes only when we ‘get them’.  Given this, what a child will laugh at is a good indicator of stages of development.  A one year old laughing at a game of ‘peekaboo’ gets the idea of ‘that’s my daddy hiding behind those hands!’ but a few months earlier it would simply be a case of ‘daddy is here, no daddy’ which is not so funny at all.  It takes a while for the young baby to grasp that just because something can’t be seen it still exists.  Two year olds will laugh at nonsense words and rhymes because they now get that language is ordered and toddlers around this age (they are often potty training) think the word ‘poo’ is hilarious!  Disrupting order is how two year olds make jokes!  Three year olds love silliness.  By the time children are six they usually have enough language experience to understand words have different meanings and so start to enjoy the word play featured above.

Supporting (putting up with and occasionally laughing at!) your child’s sense of humor at an early age will boost self-esteem and help them develop good mental and physical health in later life as well as supporting intellectual curiosity.


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