Some Handy Ideas for Kindergarten Readiness: Humor

Did you know that telling jokes and sharing humor could be kindergarten readiness skills? A  sense of humor is quite a complex series of thinking skills. Children need to recognize the intention, realize that something is different or unusual, and understand what it should be. Then, kids need to figure out the appropriate emotional response. Just like other skills, telling jokes needs practice.
Hands are for knocking, so here is a knock, knock joke:

Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Kanga. Kanga who? Kanga roo!

Because children’s sense of humor is expanding and developing, it’s not always accurate. Little ones don’t always have the punch line that matches the rest of the joke. But laughter is healthy, and we all love jokes. There’s certainly a connection to other people and interplay of emotions.

Today, for a hand learning activity, can you share something funny such as a joke or riddle or exaggeration with your child?

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