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Step 1: Create a Silly Jar.
Step 2: Fill your Silly Jar.
- Bring instruments or a phone or other music-player outside. Have a silly dance party to make each other laugh.
- While you dance—or just while you are hanging out—take turns imitating each other’s silly movements.
- Want a starting place for silly movements? Imitate animals and try to guess which creature each of you is pretending to be. Add in noises and let yourselves get really into the play.
- Look in the mirror together and make funny faces. Be sure to mimic one another's silly faces. Kids LOVE to see people copying what they are doing, and when we make different faces, we actually help kids learn emotional empathy! Or, get on video chat with people you love and do the same.
- Make silly mud faces for trees.
- Help kids hang upside down, and even try to hang upside down yourself—that change in perspective can help everyone find a little more silliness, and it helps balance kids senses, too!
- Use sidewalk chalk to leave silly pictures on the sidewalk that will make neighbors and passersby smile.
- Stand outside your home or on a safe corner of the street and wave, smile or do a silly dance to the cars and people who go by.
- Write a joke on a piece of paper and leave in someone’s mailbox or record it on video and send it to someone.
- Wear your clothes backwards or inside out.
- Make MUD and let loose!
- Make a silly hat or nature crown from objects you find outside.
- Sing your child’s favorite song and change the words to something silly.
- Make it a backwards day! Eat dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.
- Have a conversation together where all the words are sung instead of spoken.
- Dress up in costumes and take a family walk or bike ride around the neighborhood.
Step 3: Celebrate and share.
Still want a little prank? Here are two favorites kids can get behind!
- "Sprung a Leek"— Place a sizable leek under the sink, radiator, etc. then get an adult to come running with the phrase, "There's a big "leek" under the radiator!"
- "Brown E's"—Cut a series of letter E's out of brown paper or just draw a bunch of letter E's on a piece of paper using a brown marker or crayon. Ask a friend or family member if they'd like some brownies. Then, present them with your brown e's. We love to also have yummy baked brownies to enjoy after a good laugh, too.