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3 Ways to Tickle The Children’s Funny Bones

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by bubbyjoysandoys 7 Comments

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I love to make jokes with my pre-school grandchildren. I love to read picture books to them.  In fact, when they laugh, that’s when I know that what I had said is really  funny.  Kids know humor and they get it.

Kid jokes are different than grownup’s  jokes from the media or elsewhere, so a grandmother has to learn how to gently tickle the children’s funny bones. Here are some ways to get the children (and others!) to smile:

Playful and Silly:

Suppose you ask your grandchild a question about a friend’s name and he answers “Nothing.”

Your (funny or silly) response can be – “Oh that’s a nice name. Nothing. What is Nothing’s last name?”

“Nobody.”

“Oh wow, so his name is Nothing Nobody! Fabulous name!”

Pretend Crying:

If the child acts rude, a grandmother can pretend to be sad. That way the child gets the message in a non-threatening way (the grandmother’s way of crying might even make the child laugh) that it’s inappropriate to be rude. By the grandmother crying (pretending), the child realizes that his actions impacted someone else.

Saying the Wrong Answer:

If a child comes home and shows his project to the grandparent, the grandparent can play dumb and pretend not to know the answers or information revolving around the project. That will get the child to laugh and to share his own knowledge because he will want to correct his grandmother.

Try these joke techniques and let me know how it goes.

Making jokes with the children

Making jokes with the children

Have fun laughing at every kind of humor, and giggling with the children as well!

Photo Credit of Smiling Child


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7 Responses

  1. Mine are still too young to get jokes- but look forward to some gentle teasing.

  2. OmaOrBubby says:

    Yes – they like it and feel the love. Before you know it….

  3. alesiablogs says:

    very good info! and CUTE!

  4. marymtf says:

    Oh boy, or is oy vay? You are kidding yourself. You surely remember how your children believed that everything you said was clever or funny until they reached the age when they did not. And it was, how embarrasing. Don’t say that in front of my friends. 🙂

  5. OmaOrBubby says:

    Yes for sure. I know what you mean… I already detect them (at ages 4 and 5) winking at me as if to say, “come one, give me a break” even as they are laughing at my “jokes” – it’s still fun to laugh together at our silly jokes. Not really embarrassed when we do it from love and positivity. 🙂

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