Yesterday, while sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, I heard a joke on the radio cracked me up.
Question: “What did the baby corn say to mamma corn?”
Answer: “Where is pop corn?” OK, so it’s a little funny or (corny) but there was lots of traffic!
It reminded me that when I was a K-2 principal I sometimes added a joke to the afternoon announcements. Yes, they were silly but for kids 5-7, just developing a sense of humor, I was a great comedian! For teachers, I was sometimes a welcome laugh (ok maybe a giggle) at the end of the day.
Time to Pull Out the Old Joke Book?
My delay in traffic reminded me that it might be time to share my wealth of “kid jokes” with a couple of my grandkids. In fact, I may have already missed the window on my oldest grandson. My guess, at the ripe old age of 8, I might see some eye-rolling. If not from him, certainly from his dad, my oldest son. But such is the life of a GG!
Academic Benefits of Getting Kids to Love Jokes
If you are looking for something other than “just for the fun of it”, developing a kid’s sense of humor also has academic benefits. Parents and teachers can help develop their child’s sense of humor by explaining why something is funny. This helps them be able to recognize if again. Afterall, a child is not born with a sense of humor. It develops over time. Don’t we all know adults without a sense of humor? Let’s start our kids young!
- Great motivator to get kids to read.
- Helps build larger vocabularies. Often jokes revolve around understanding different meanings of words. They provide a great opportunity for discussion.
- Jokes are short with simplistic vocabulary and sentence structure.
- Higher order thinking skills developed –Additional connections are needed for the joke to make sense or be funny.
You Funny GG!
That comment came from my 3-year-old grandchild when I was being silly. When kids are toddlers, it’s the funny faces and silliness that cracks them up. But, when they get to be school age, we GG’s must work a little harder for a laugh!
Ready for Jokes? Let the Laughs Begin
Teaching kids to appreciate jokes is a great opportunity to laugh together as a family. Come on, give some of the jokes below a try. Take some time to be silly with your child and share a laugh (or eye roll). Enjoy!
- Q. Why did the cow cross the road?
- A. To get to the udder side.
- Q. What do you call a cold dog sitting on a bunny?
- A. A chili dog on a bun.
- Q. What do you call a thieving alligator?
- A. A crookodile.
- Q. What do you call a cow that eats your grass?
- A. A lawn moo-er.
- Q. What do you call a baby bear with no teeth?
- A. A gummy bear.
- Q. What do you call a pig who knows karate?
- A. Porkchop
- Q. What do you call a cow in a tornado?
- A. A milkshake
- Q. What do you call a sleeping bull?
- A. A bulldozer
- Q. How can you tell the ocean is friendly?
- A. It waves!
- Q. When is the moon the heaviest?
- A. When it’s full.
- Q. What kind of shorts do clouds wear?
- A. Thunderwear!
- Q. What kind of tree can you grow in your hand?
- A. A palm tree
- Q. What is a tree’s least favorite month?
- A. Sep-timber
- Q. What did the little tree say to the big tree?
- A. Leaf me alone
- Q. What did the tree wear to the pool party?
- A. Swimming trunks