Five year olds are really very funny. Grandpa jokes, bathroom humor, funny songs and stories make them laugh.

I often wonder what they’ll be like when they grow up. Will they still want to be as silly or will growing up mean laughing less? I’m guessing it has a lot to do with what we teach them ….

Whirlybird / Helicopter Seed

My granddaughter Melina, stopped our ride along the rail trail by my house to share a funny trick her mom taught her. By snapping a whirlybird in two and pealing back the seed pod she showed me how make a rhino horn to stick on our noses. Helicopter seedlings are flying seed with wings that spin through the air as they fall – like helicopter propellers. She took the time to teach me how to select, snap, peal and place my whirlybird as if we were performing rhinoplasty. And then we stood back and laughed at each other.

Learning how to laugh at yourself is important for everyone because it builds character. As children, I remember laughing hundreds of times a day, but lately, life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. A day with a kid will have you seeking out more opportunities for humor in everyday things like whirlybirds. Laughing strengthens your relationships and creates fond memories. Like when I taught my daughter (her mother) how to put a whirlybird on her nose.

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