April showers bring laughs for hours!
Humor is an important social and emotional skill for children. It helps them bond with adults and other children and to see life from a different perspective. Children become better at embracing spontaneity and learn when and how to improvise when trying to make others laugh.
Jokes help develop reading comprehension, too. When a joke is told, a child must understand what was said and what made it so funny. They're recognizing the patterns of their everyday life and something is funny when the pattern is changed.
The next time your child tells a joke, laugh along, even if it's not quite to your sense of humor or the punchline is wrong. Counter with a joke of your own and see where the giggles take you! For inspiration, head to the 810s of the non-fiction section for joke books.
For more information, check out these great resources:
- Ages & Stages: Don't Forget to Laugh! The Importance of Humor from Scholastic
- Encouraging Your Child's Sense of Humor from KidsHealth
- The Joke's In You from The American Psychological Association
- Let's Get Silly book list