Did you know that listening to and telling jokes and riddles with your children will promote and strengthen their thinking abilities? Problem solving, predicting, visual imagining, analyzing and evaluating are just a few of the thinking skills that you will be encouraging. In his book, Kids Who Laugh, Dr. Louis R. Franzini wrote, ”A child who enjoys and remembers a joke or riddle and passes it on to others feel an enormous personal accomplishment. Making others laugh is extremely rewarding to children.”
Who knew that a thinking activity that was so enjoyable, was actually a valuable tool that would help you stimulate the intellectual growth of your children? PLUS, sharing them is just plain family fun!
Here are a few jokes and riddles to enjoy together as you ‘meet and eat’ with friends and family this season. Your children will love sharing them. (I’ve included some for our younger thinkers to tell also.)
1. You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What is it? (an ear of corn)
2. How are a turkey, a donkey, and a monkey the same? (They all have keys.)
3. If the Pilgrims were still alive today, what would they be famous for? (Their age!)
4. What sound does a turkey’s phone make? (Wing! Wing!)
5. What do you call a bunch of turkey’s playing football? (Fowl play)
6. The selfish pilgrims came to America on what ship? (The Me-Me-Me Flower)
7. What’s the difference between a turkey and an owl? (The turkey doesn’t give a hoot.)
8. What do arithmetic teachers do on Thanksgiving? (Count their blessings.)
9. If twenty Thanksgiving turkeys told terrible tales, how many “t’s” would there be in all. (The answer is “O”. There are no “t’s” in all.)
Enjoy your time together with your children, extended family and friends as you think…imagine… and create treasured memories.