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The Best Kids Jokes for Home, School, and Travel

Kids jokes make nearly any situation just a little bit better. Waiting out a layover with a grumpy toddler? Little kid jokes get kids laughing using simple language and concepts. Distracting elementary-aged kids from boredom during a long road trip? Riddles will keep brains whirring and tempers even. Even the punniest of knock knock jokes are good for the brain and the spirit. And whether you’re telling them (or hearing them) on the road or at home, they make the time pass with a little more levity.

Kids Jokes: Why We Love Them

Jokes require a relatively complex set of skills that’s great to encourage in kids. In order to be a successful teller of jokes, you first hear or read a joke and decide whether it’s funny or not. Then you have to remember it for long enough to tell someone else, and understand the structure of humor enough to be able to nail the delivery. You then tell the joke (sometimes again and again), which is great short storytelling practice and helps kids make interpersonal connections.

Where to Find Great Kids Jokes

Three great resources for finding funny jokes for kids are the internet, joke books, and other kids. Some schools and afterschool care programs have Joke Fridays, a time for kids to tell and trade jokes, and can be a treasure trove of jokes for children.

Here are some of our favorite jokes, broken down into little kid jokes, general funny jokes for kids, riddle jokes for kids, and knock knock jokes for kids. And throughout, we’ve added some of our favorite joke books for kids, too.

Little Kid Jokes

Little kid jokes need to be a little simpler and rely less on big words or the ability to spell. But, ideally, they should still be, you know, funny. Here’s a selection of little kid jokes sure to tickle your family’s funny bone.

  • Why was six afraid of seven? Because 7, 8, 9.
  • What is brown and sticky? A stick.
  • What’s a ghost’s favorite dessert? I scream.
  • What does one volcano say to the other? I lava you.
  • What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.
  • What did the egg say to the funny baker? You crack me up.
  • What did the mom cow say to the baby cow? It’s pasture bedtime.

Funny Jokes for Kids

Sometimes the best jokes are silly jokes, other times, they’re jokes that delight kids just a bit with an alternate meaning or a surprise ending. Here are jokes to add to your family repertoire, so you’ll always have a laugh at the ready.

  • What do you call a droid that takes the long route? R-2 Detour
  • If a seagull flies over the sea, what flies over a bay? A bagel
  • What kind of tree fits in your hand? A palm tree
  • What building in New York has the most stories? The library
  • What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Only finding half a worm.
  • What did the banana say to the teacher? Nothing, bananas can’t talk.
  • What do you call a boomerang that won’t come back? A stick
  • What do you call a dog magician? Abra-cadabra-dor
  • What dinosaur has the best vocabulary? The thesaurus
  • Why couldn’t the astronaut book a hotel on the moon? Because it was full.
  • What do you call a fish without an eye? A fsh (fish without an ‘i’)
  • What does every birthday end with? The letter Y
  • Why are fish so smart? Because they live in schools.
  • What did the science book say to the math book? Wow, you’ve got problems.
  • Why wouldn’t the shrimp share its treasure? Because it was a little shellfish.
  • What kind of room doesn’t have doors? A mushroom
  • What’s the best place in the school to grow flowers? Kindergarten
  • How does a tree get on the internet? It logs in.
  • Why is Kylo Ren so lonely? He’s Ben Solo too long.

Riddle Jokes for Kids

Riddles offer a slightly sophisticated twist on the classic kid joke, often relying on double meaning of words and lateral thinking. They’re great for elementary-aged kids as well as tweens and teens, and punchlines often deliver that “oooooh!” moment rather than a classic belly laugh.

  • What has four wheels and flies? A garbage truck
  • What can you catch, but never throw? A cold
  • What’s bigger when it’s upside down? A 6
  • What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel
  • What stays in the corner but can travel the world? A stamp

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Knock Knock Jokes for Kids

Knock knock jokes offer kids the rare chance to have the upper hand in a conversational exchange with grown-ups. They may not be the ultimate in funny, but these less-known knock knock jokes will at least save you from that twentieth round of “knock knock, who’s there, banana …”

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Owls go.

Owls go who?

That’s right!

*****

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Ida.

Ida who?

No, I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced Ida-ho.

*****

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Spell.

Spell who?

OK, W-H-O …

*****

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Hike.

Hike who?

I didn’t know you liked Japanese poetry!

*****

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Europe?

Europe who?

No, you’re a poo!

*****

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Interrupting sloth.

Interrupting sloth who?

(wait 20 seconds)

Sloooooooth …

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Christine Sarkis
Christine Sarkis is a traveling parent and longtime travel writer and editor. The former executive editor for TripAdvisor travel magazine SmarterTravel.com, Sarkis has spent nearly two decades finding and sharing the best places to go with an audience of enthusiastic travelers. Her stories have appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her expert advice has been quoted in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her stories have been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008, and she is working on a travel memoir. Email Christine at familyvacationist@gmail.com