Q: How can I help my child laugh more? He’s 3.
A: I’m glad you asked this question! Here’s a giggle tip, and more.
Make a point to recite or read aloud a nursery rhyme or song every day with your child. Such oral language stimulation not only builds your child’s listening and speaking skills; it also makes for all sorts of fun ways to play with words and ideas. Share this Mother Goose rhyme by an anonymous poet:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horse and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Giggle as you talk about having a boiled, poached, scrambled, or otherwise Humpty Dumpty for breakfast! And giggle your way through this fun time together: Sit on a wall, couch, chair, or a pretend surface if none other is around you. Dramatize the “Humpty Dumpty” rhyme and fall off that “wall.”
Your child will want to do it again and again. Be sure to giggle profusely as you’re having fun with this game.
Another day, recite the “Jack and Jill” Mother Goose rhyme by another anonymous author. Help your child learn that rhyme well before you share this poetic giggler I wrote long ago from my 70’s work as a pioneer in the use of car seats and seat belts for babies and all others:
Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
And broke his crown,
Jill was wearing her seat belt.
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