preschooler laughing at jokes

Everyone loves a good joke. There’s something about laughter that is stress relieving and contagious. With three sarcastic, witty teenagers trying out new material on their unsuspecting family members, there is a lot of laughter in my home! But you know when I laugh the loudest? When the preschoolers I teach tell me jokes. There’s something about a 3-year-old with amazing delivery that puts me in stitches!

The first time you teach a young child a joke, you may have to explain it (taking away from the comedic timing). And it may feel like they don’t “get it.” But it is so worth it to spend a little time explaining the joke first so they are on board with you — the giggles will take you down!

Here are a few of my favorite jokes for kids — as told by children.

Want to hear a pizza joke?
Sorry, it’s too cheesy!

— O.G., age 3

What sort of key does not open a door?
A monKEY!

— E.D., age 4

Why did the banana go to the doctor?
It wasn’t PEELING well!

— A.M., age 4

What do you say to a cow in your way?

— A.G., age 3

What does a train say when it has a cold?

— T.E., age 3

What do you call a tired dinosaur?
A dino-SNORE!

— D.M., age 4

What did one toilet say to the other?
You look FLUSHED!

— L.K., age 3 (*while potty training*)

Sure, these jokes might not be winning any comedy awards, but think of these through the mouths of a child, caught in a giggle fit, waiting in anticipation of your laughter. They just got about a hundred times funnier.

And remember, a joke might go over their heads today, and tomorrow — but unlike comedy for adults, explaining the humor makes it even funnier for kids!

Michelle Mady
Michelle is a lifelong New Englander who lives in Stoneham and works in Charlestown. She is a preschool teacher and Assistant Director at a small private preschool and holds a master’s degree in early childhood education, which has come in useful at both work and home. She has a supportive stay-at-home-dad for a husband and is a mom of five children. She has three boys born in 2005, 2007 and 2008, plus two girls born in 2012 and 2015. Michelle teaches infant and toddler classes for early education teachers and is an adjunct professor for The School Of Mom. She also runs her own business, The Parenting Survival Expert, offering parenting tips and support. In her spare time, she can be found reading a murder mystery novel, sipping far too much coffee, and dreaming of a home in the mountains.