SAHDandProud had a fab post last week, sharing with us things that make his kids laugh (you can find it ). He has asked us to chip in our own cunning strategies to amuse the little’uns and I’m more than happy to oblige. Be warned though, this is not the place for high brow comedy. No Perrier Awards will be coming my way.
E is now three years old but the best way to make him laugh has been the same for the last two years. E loves ‘blurring’ and being ‘blurred’. This all started because he used to stick his tongue out when he kissed me and I’d go ‘blur’ while wiping away the dribble. He thought this was great and would trot off giggling ‘I blurred mummy’ to himself. One day I laughingly said ‘If you keep doing that I’m going to blur you back’ and stuck my tongue out (yes, I know, rookie parenting error) and E thought this was the funniest thing he’d ever heard. Since then I have spent a lot of my time grabbing him round the waist so we’re face to face, sticking my tongue out, shaking my head and going ‘BLUR!’ while he tries to get away. I should point out that I don’t actually lick him, I just pretend I’m going to.
T is also a simple soul (and he’s only 9 months old) so currently the best way to get him to laugh is just to laugh at him, you know, right in his face…loudly. This makes him do his fantastic gurgly chuckle, which make me laugh more so he keeps laughing and we can go on like that for ages. His other favourite game, which is in danger of giving me RSI, is watching my hands. It goes something like this:
‘Yeah, it’s a fist, Mum. Am I supposed to be impressed?’
‘Oh My God! It’s got fingers! That’s hilarious, Mum. Really, I’ve never seen anything so funny. Wow! I can hardly breathe. That’s amazing!’
‘OK, the fist is back, boring!’
‘Ha, did you see that? The fingers! Oh lord Mum, you’re a genius. No really, that’s hysterical. Stop, stop, I can’t take it any more.’
‘Yeah, yeah! Whatever!’
And repeat ad infinitum.
Thank you, thank you, I’m here all week…