Encouraging Your Toddler's Silly Side

Some studies of child development suggest that a sense of humor is learned; others suggest that it’s inherited. It actually may be a combination of the two.


Anything that disrupts a pattern or expectation is funny to a toddler. Try putting something where it doesn’t belong—a shoe on your head, for example—and watch the giggles explode.

A gentle tweak of the nose means you—or your child—have “captured” someone else’s nose. Hold the “nose” in your closed fist. This is a great exercise in make-believe and humor.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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