Have you ever accidentally said something that rhymed? Sometimes rhymes just spill out of our mouths, and they can make us laugh. And if you’ve ever been a kid (and who hasn’t), you must know that playing with words to create rhymes can be highly entertaining. But it’s even better when the rhyming words are the heart of a joke.
Here’s an example:
Q: What did the shrimp yell when it got stuck in the seaweed?
A: Kelp! Kelp!
This joke is funny because kelp is a kind of seaweed and because kelp rhymes with help.
Here’s another one.
Q: What do young beavers do for fun?
A: Have a lumber party.
Here’s one more joke. It’s sure to be a hit.
Q: What do fish hear when a stone falls into the water?
A: Plunk rock.
No doubt about it. Playing with rhyming words can lead to some great jokes. Now it’s your turn. Can you or the kids you know come up with jokes that use these rhymes?
• crack of dawn/quack of dawn
Here’s a book that might help: Young, Sue. Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary. New York: Scholastic, 2006.
Feel free to post your best jokes in the comments. We could all use a good laugh.
Be on the lookout for more joke-writing posts in the future. And check out the Super Silly Science Jokes I post on Friday.