Build Your Child’s Verbal Humor Skills Using Riddles

[Adapted from P. McGhee, Stumble Bees and Pelephones: How to Develop a Powerful Verbal Sense of Humor (children’s edition).  See “Books by Paul McGhee” to order.] An earlier article at this website noted that children become intellectually capable of understanding the double meanings that form the basis for most riddles at six or seven years […]

Humor Facilitates Children’s Social & Emotional Development

Why did Mr. Timmons wear a seat belt while eating his dinner?  Because he was on a ________ diet.  (Answer is given at end of article.) [Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  See “Books by Dr. McGhee” to order.] The previous article on children’s humor discussed the important benefits […]

Humor Facilitates Children's Intellectual Develoment

[Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  See “Books by Dr. McGhee” to order.] A good sense of humor provides a broad range of important developmental benefits to children, just as it does to adults.  You can help assure that your own children receive these benefits by actively supporting the […]

Children’s Riddles: First Sign of an Adult Sense of Humor

What cake can you drink coffee from?  A cup cake.  (Sorry, coffee cake is too easy). What boats can you always buy at a reduced price?  Sale (sail) boats. A banana and an apple got married, but they argued all the time.  So the banana split. How many bees are there in a hive?  None, […]

Children’s Humor: The Preschool years

Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  Published by Kendall/Hunt.  See Books by Dr. McGhee to order.  [Note: The previous article on children’s humor discussed developmental changes from birth to age three.  This article continues the discussion of age changes in children’s humor from about three to five years of […]

Children’s Humor: Infancy to Age Three

Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  Published by Kendall/Hunt.  See Books by Dr. McGhee to order. Ring a round the Rosie, pocket full of Posies. Ashes, ashes, we all fall up! (My son, age 2 ½ years.) When parents think of their preschool children, the first image that pops […]