laugh (lf, läf)
v. laughed, laugh·ing, laughs
1. To express certain emotions, especially mirth or delight, by a series of spontaneous, usually unarticulated sounds often accompanied by corresponding facial and bodily movements.
2. To show or feel amusement or good humor.
There is little I love more than the sound of Immy’s deep belly laugh when she is being tickled or finds something amusing. Toddlers have such a fun, quirky view of the world that you never know what is actually going to tickle their fancy! This photo was taken at breakfast recently when we were singing a song about various jungle animals we met when out walking in the jungle. As Immy was eating a banana, I made a joke of the fact that she was out walking in the jungle and met a banana! She found it absolutely hilarious!!
(from Anatomy of a funny bone by Pete Nelson, in Wondertime magazine, April 2009)
4 to 6 months
bouncing, tickling, other physical stimulation
6 to 12 months
unusual behaviour of familiar people (peekaboo)
12 months to 5 years
misuse of objects (“let me answer my shoe phone”)
2 to 4 years
nonsense words, misnamed objects
3 to 6 years
conceptual inconguity (“that bear sure is enjoying his ice cream cone”)
7 years plus
word play, puns (“where do bees go to the toilet? At the BP station”)
What funny things do your toddlers do or say to make themselves or you laugh out loud? We could all do with more laughter in our lives and a photo or a few words can tell us so much about the spirited life of a toddler. Feel free to join Toddler Translation, copy the button and if you post, let me know and I will add a link to my post.