A PAGE FULL OF FUN!
Humour and laughter have a long history, as they have been part of the human culture for as long as we can go back in time. The benefits of humour and laughter are even mentioned in the Bible - Book of Proverbs 17.22, where it states: "A cheerful heart does good medicine, but a broken spirit makes you sick."
If you look at the Stress Less in 2017 page on the library website you will see that some of the important things to have in your life are fun and relaxation. This page is dedicated to making you laugh, to helping you wind down, relax and chill out. Don't forget we also have a Humour collection in the nonfiction section of the library where you can borrow books on jokes, tongue-twisters and funny rhymes that will definitely keep you laughing! There are also many fiction or chapter books that you can borrow that will also give you a good laugh.
While today we have many ways to entertain ourselves, in the past entertainment may have come through hunting and combat or sport and religious festivals. People called troubadours or jesters also entertained people in royal courts and in the towns through storytelling, dance and acting out dramas. They also provided a source of humour and comedy as part of their show. On the left is a clip from a movie called The Court Jester - a Hollywood version of what a jester might be. In this clip the Jester, whose armour has become magnetic, has to avoid being poisoned by remembering the phrase - "The pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true" Just as he remembers this, the rhyme changes!
Jokes have been found inscribed in history as far back as 2000 BC. Jokes may take the form of a play on words, or of a story and usually contain a punchline. In telling jokes, you use not just the words but voice and facial expressions to make the joke as funny as possible. How you pace the telling of the joke (the timing) also affects just how funny the other person finds it. Here are some jokes you can practise with. Try telling the joke and the punchline without any expression in your voice or face and at one speed. You may not get a great response. Now try smiling and using hand gestures and acting excited while you tell it and throw in a dramatic pause before you reveal the punchline. This way people are already anticipating that it will be funny.
You can click on either set of jokes above to open them in a new page and print them.
Below are four fun games that you can try when you have some spare time and are in need of some relaxation.
Poetry and books can be a great source of humour. Do you think you can write a funny poem, like the one on the left, about seeing your teacher at the shops? Shel Silverstein is a children's poet who celebrates silliness and fun and the different sounds words make when placed next to each other. Watch the video above where he recites one of his own poems. You can borrow a book of his poems from our library. Here he has some advice on how to have fun:
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.
A tongue-twister is a word or set of words that are difficult to pronounce, especially when said quickly, because many of the words start with the same letter (called alliteration) or contain that sound in the word. Here is an example: “She sells seashells by the seashore.” Practise saying it and try and become quicker every time! Here are some other tongue-twisters that you might want to learn then have fun showing everyone how quickly you can say them. Challenge your friends to a tongue-twister duel. The Giggle Poetry site above has more tongue-twisters and we have some books in the library on tongue-twisters too. In the clip of The Court Jester above, he tried to remember a tongue-twister but didn't quite succeed!