Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Homemade joke book

Knock Knock.
Who's there?
Liver who?
You liver around here?

I come from a family of jokesters and pranksters, so my boys' love of jokes, specifically knock knock jokes, is no surprise.  I love hearing a good joke - who doesn't need a laugh?  The challenge for me is to remember it so I can retell it.  To help us remember our favorite jokes, we made a family joke book.

Joke Book

To keep it simple, I found a 4 x 6 inch photo flip book at Target.  My kids wrote their jokes on 4 x 6 inch note cards and slipped them in the book.  Easy!  You could also just punch holes in the note cards and use a metal ring to keep them together.

Joke Book supplies:
4 x 6 inch photo flip book
4 x 6 inch note cards
five bottle caps (optional)
letter stickers (or write "jokes" with a marker)
sense of humor 

Write out your favorite jokes. 
My son checked out funny joke books at the public library.

We also found a great website:
We signed up to get a weekly joke by email.  Fun! 

Optional Cover Ideas:
Get creative with your joke book cover!
We used some bottle cap stickers,
but I've also cleaned used bottle caps for crafty projects.
I used a craft corner punch, but you also make the red corners by
cutting small pieces out of four triangles,
and adhering them to the four corners of your note card.
I made the corners into stickers by using
the Xyron adhesive maker.

Apply letter stickers to the bottle caps,
or just write "jokes" with a marker.
Adhere bottle caps to note card,
and you have a fun cover for your book!

Share a good joke with your family!
My Grandma Joyce emails me funny jokes.
Here she is sharing a smile
with her great-granddaughter, my daughter:

My Grandma Elliott, with her Irish sense of humor,
has shared jokes & riddles with me since I was a toddler.
(some of which I'll have to wait to tell my kids when they are adults)
I write some of her jokes,
riddles, & songs
in my journal.

My Grandma Elliott, with her daughter,
granddaughter, and great-granddaughter:

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
(Victor Borge)

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
(e.e. cummings)

"A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections."
(George Eliot)

"The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter."
(Mark Twain)

 Espresso yourself with a joke today!

Feel free to post your favorite joke under
this blog entry in the comment section!

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  1. What a fun idea to make with kids :) And your map idea sounds great too...a picture of us in each place would be cool!

  2. Thanks Laura! My three boys have had a blast adding new jokes to their book! I think we'll make a few as gifts!

  3. Oh that's awesome! My kids would love that! Their favorite joke right now is "Why are basketball players messy eaters?" "Because they're always dribbling!". This has been the top joke for about a month now...

    Thank you too for your sweet comment on my Michael Jackson lamp! I'd love to see your version for your son's room! Have a great night!