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Children’s book authors write stories with consideration for their audience. They include lessons and information that are pertinent to children’s development, and they may use humour to get children to engage with the story. However, this humour is deliberate in more ways than one. Before children can even speak, they understand what is funny. After all, laughter is one of our many innate behaviours. This is why kids laugh when you perform physical comedy, such as making a funny face or dancing. Children are socially tuned in to you and everything you do in front of them. So, when you read a children’s book with jokes, funny images, or even irony, your child will comprehend and giggle. But why is it so important and impressive that they understand humour written by an adult? Well, laughter is not only integral to a child’s social and emotional development, but it also greatly improves their intellectual development. Humour in children promotes increased intelligence in a variety of ways:

  • Being funny means that children also need to think outside of the box and be clever.
  • When children play, they use humour to help them explore emotions and analyze other children’s and adults’ reactions. They learn more about social interactions and explore what others consider funny.
  • As children explore humour through verbal and nonverbal communication, they begin to gain a better understanding of the world and engage in abstract thinking.

So next time you’re reading out a funny sentence to your child, and they giggle uncontrollably, pat yourself on the back. You’re encouraging social and emotional intelligence in your kid!

Further Reading

1. Humour in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: The Work of Gilles Bachelet
2. Encouraging Your Child’s Sense of Humor
3. Young Children’s Humour in Play and Moments of Everyday Life in ECEC Centres