Jokes & Tongue Twisters
What's your funniest joke?
- Target Age: 4-6
- Creative Expression
- Fine Motor
- Language and Literacy Development
- Related Episodes:
- #115: There's a Fly in My Soup
- #120: A Peck of Peppers
- Colored pencils or crayons
1. Young kids often love to create their own versions of silly pattern jokes:
- What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
- Time to get a new fence.
- What time is it when an elephant swings on your swing set?
- Time to get a new swing set.
- What time is it when an elephant borrows your scooter?
- Time to get a new scooter.
Other examples of "standard" jokes are:
- Why did the chicken cross the [road]? (To get to the other side.)
- Why did the girl throw the [clock] out of the window? (She wanted to see [time] fly.)
- When is a boy not a boy? (When he turns into a [store].)
Knock knock jokes are good, too.
2. Try out Lionel's favorite Tongue Twisters. Then make up tongue twisters with family names. Say each three times fast:
- Dad doesn't dance.
- Bring Ben's blue ball.
3. Have children write down or dictate and illustrate their favorite jokes or tongue twisters. Family adults can write and illustrate their favorites as well. Staple the pages together to create a family Joke and Tongue Twister book, Or if you prefer, create a Jokes-on-the-Go keychain edition by writing the jokes and tongue twisters on index cards, punching a hole in each left upper corner and slipping a metal ring binder through the holes. Include some empty cards so you can add new jokes, riddles and tongue twisters to your collection.
Talk about It
Share jokes and tongue twisters at the dinner table, in the car, or at bedtime. Related Books has lots of silly examples and will probably help you remember similar jokes from your own childhood.
- Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
- Little Critter's Joke Book by Mercer Mayer
- She Sells Seashells by the Seashore by Grace Kim