Joke: What kind of dance do you do on a trampoline?

by Laurie Laurendeau on January 12, 2012

Children LOVE telling jokes.  Kids often tell a joke and giggle hysterically, but often they don’t really understand why the joke is even funny.  That is because most jokes are play-on-words, or they are funny because a word in the joke might have two meanings, or the word could be a homonym.  Being able to interpret multiple meanings of words is an important reading comprehension skill. So, why not encourage your child’s love of joke-telling, and make it an educational experience at the same time?!

JOKE:  What kind of dance do you do on a trampoline?

ANSWER:  Hip-hop!

(Give your child the explanation as to why the joke is funny.  Once you and your child tell many more jokes together, with you giving the explanation each time, your child should eventually be able to explain the joke to you.)

EXPLANATION: Tell him/her that a type of dance is “hip-hop”, and we can “hop” on a trampoline, so “hip-hop” would be a kind of dance on a trampoline.

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