Hilarious Jokes to Share With Kids on International Joke Day

We all know that kids love jokes, but are you aware jokes can help enhance memory, language and problem-solving skills? Knowing how to interpret and tell jokes also helps children recognise social cues and bond with peers.

Humour and word play begin to develop at around 3 years of age. From 4 to 5 years old, kids start to understand that jokes work by resolving an absurd premise into something that makes sense in a humorous way. 

The things a child finds funny can reveal a lot about where they are developmentally. Kids with learning and developmental disorders may have trouble understanding jokes because they often think in a more literal, concrete way. 

All students, regardless of their age or developmental stage, can benefit from jokes and humour. Share some laughs with your child this International Joke Day, which falls on Friday, 1 July. 

Tips to Help Kids Understand Jokes

Start smallIt’s a good idea to start with simple one-liners and then increase the complexity. This allows children to grasp the basics of joke-telling and gives their confidence a boost.

Build vocabulary:  Many jokes are based on word plays and double meanings. The more words children understand, the better they will be at interpreting jokes.

Discuss language: Helping kids recognise figurative language allows them to understand how meaning is created. When telling jokes, introduce concepts such as homonyms, idioms and metaphors. Their English teacher will thank you!

Use visual aids: Younger kids and some on the autism spectrum can really benefit from visual aids to help with understanding jokes. These aids spell out in graphic form the meaning of a joke. Look for cards, books and websites that provide visual representations to accompany jokes. 

Guess the punchline: A fun activity for kids is to give them the first part of a joke and ask them to guess the punchline. Give lots of clues to help them. This gives children a deeper understanding of how jokes work. 

Encourage joke-telling:  Encourage your child to tell jokes in appropriate settings. They can look up jokes online and share their favourites with you. You might want to make ‘joke night’ a regular family event. Not only is this great for understanding, it teaches them about delivery too. 

Simple Jokes Kids Will Enjoy

These jokes are perfect for discussing idioms and double meanings of words with young children.  

Q: What did one pencil say to the other pencil?

A: You’re looking sharp today!

Q: Why did Cinderella get kicked off the football team?

A: Because she kept running from the ball.

Q: Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon?

A: Because she’ll ‘Let it Go!’

Q: Why did the computer go to the doctor?

A: It had a virus.

Q: Why did the student eat his homework?

A: Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake!

Q: What did the beach say to the tide?

A: Long time no see!

Q: What time do ducks wake up?

A: At the quack of dawn!

Q: What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?

A: Finding half a worm.

Q: What did one toilet say to the other?

A: You look a bit flushed.

Q: Which vampire always eats junk food?

A: SNACKula.

Q: Why can’t you hear a Pterodactyl when it goes to the toilet?

A: Because the PEE is silent.

Q: Why did the kid bring a ladder to school?

A: Because she wanted to go to high school.

Q: What building in your town has the most stories?

A: The public library.

Q: What did the Dalmatian say after lunch?

A: That hit the spot.

Jokes are fun and educational for kids!

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