Grandpa Hank has won the hearts of grandchildren with his “magic tricks” and jokes. They are the same magic tricks and jokes that captures the hearts of my siblings and me when we were growing up. Somehow, though my children and nieces and nephews seem more engaged.
To begin with the grand-children are goofy as you can see from the “cousins” picture taken last Thanksgiving.
They are all comedians in their own right. They have their own shtick. Sometimes they fly solo and other times it’s a community effort. My Li’l Man is at the age where jokes are hilarious. They begin and end his conversations and give fillers for any moment of silence. He’s now armed with Riley Weber’s book of Funny Jokes. I appreciate this weapon of laughter because the jokes are clean and age appropriate. I’ve been mortified by a few children of mine who didn’t know what the punchline meant and it was way too raunchy for mom-approval!
Weber’s jokes are easy to memorize and short enough to be delivered easily with success by even my seven-year old. One of our favorites is:
Q: “How was the Roman Empire cut in half?”
A: “With Caesars”
The jokes are versatile and can be worked into conversation. We’ve been on a Titanic kick and the joke about “What stories do the ship captain’s children like to hear?” is one that has been told over and over…the answer by the way is: “Ferry Tales”.
Back when Jake was in fifth grade Grandpa Hank was an auctioneer. We all know auctioneers talk fast. Jake was in awe, so Grandpa Hank taught him a tongue twister about Betty Botter. Jake practiced and practiced and eventually he could do it at an impressive speed. To this day he still can amaze!
Ryan Weber’s Tongue Twisters for Kids is great! The tongue twisters are all shorter than Betty Botter–typically a line or two. Making it easier for children to find success as they read, memorize and pick up speed through repetition. I like that the book starts off easier and builds difficulty.
Start with Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers and work your way up to: Once a fellow met a fellow in a field of beans. Said a fellow to a fellow, “If a fellow asks a fellow, Can a fellow tell a fellow what a fellow means?
Both Tongue Twisters for Kids and Funny Jokes by Riley Weber offer clean, wholesome fun that every mom will approve of their children repeating.
Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book, being a Bon Jovi fangirl and celebrating the little things.
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