Have you ever heard of the expression, “Laughter is the best medicine.” This means that when people laugh and smile, they relax and the body actually releases chemicals – called endorphins – that make them feel better naturally. When children are young they laugh about 500 times a day, when they grow up they laugh less than five times a day. That’s not funny at all! Help Soaringwords share more laughter starting right now! Here are simple steps to make joke books filled with SoaringJokes for ill children or for anyone that needs a laugh.
SoaringJoke Book Materials: Index cards (large size). Hole punchers (to put ribbon through or you can just use a binder clip) Ribbon or binder clip to bind the book Markers and crayons to inscribe and decorate the books Stickers to decorate the book covers
Here is how to get started:
1. Think of some great jokes. Here are few samples of SoaringJokes:
-What do you get when you graduate from scuba diving school?
-Where do cows go on holiday?
-What do sheep do on sunny days?
Have a baa-baa-cue!
2. Hole punch a set of 7-8 index cards. Two holes so you can bind it like a book.
3. Make a special cover design on top index card.
4. When you have finished the cover and your dedication page, each index card will become another page in your
Joke Book. Make a hole in each index card. On each index card write a joke. On the front of each page write “Q” or the Question part of the joke. For example, “What is a skunk’s favorite contest?” You can decorate this front page with bubble letters, or choose a different color to write out each word. You can make a picture of the subject of the joke. On the back of this page is your “A” or Answer part of the joke-“A smelling bee! Ha Ha.” And you can draw a picture of a skunk laughing.
If you are in the hospital, you can give your joke book as a gift to somebody who needs a laugh.. your roommate, your favorite nurse or doctor, or someone in your family. If you are doing a Soaringwords volunteer project, you can create joke books to donate to hospitalized children to inspire them to laugh and smile.
Guess Who Zoo
The Guess Who book series is the first children’s book series to be designated as part of the Soaringwords Book Club where children read the books and then are invited to make SoaringRiddles to donate to hospitalized children. Author Howard Eisenberg will be visiting many of Soaringwords 196 partner hospitals to read Guess Who books to hospitalized children to help them pass the time and enhance their well-being.
The author and Mascot Publishers are proud to cooperate in a program to Buy One, Give One to motivate consumers to purchase an extra set of books to donate to a hospitalized child (Press Release). To purchase your book click here.
Create a SoaringRiddle
Riddles are questions or statements phrased to tell its answer and they are usually presented as a game. Riddles are like puzzles and they ask the question: What am I? Many people enjoy riddles because they are fun to tell and even more fun to figure out! The riddle you make will be shared with a child in a hospital to bring laughter and joy to them!
1) What is black and white and red all over?
A panda bear with a sunburn.
2) Why do hummingbirds hum?
Because they forgot the words!
3) How do bees get to school?
By school buzz!
4) Why did the turkey cross the road twice?
To prove he wasn’t chicken!
5) Knock Knock!
No they don’t, cows go “moo!”
Here’s How to Get Started:
- Pick an animal from the animal worksheet that you want to be your answer (like a dog or dinosaur).
- What does your animal do? What does your animal look like? Write these ideas down.
- Draft your riddle. Try reading it to a friend to see if it makes sense. You can re-word it and try again!
- Share your riddle with friends and family!
- Use the SoaringBorder to write and decorate your riddle.
- Do use the SoaringBorder to write your Riddle. Fold your border to make a book. (When printing the border press “two-sided copy”.
- Do make sure your words are legible and neat, so that the Riddle can be easily read. Your Riddle may end up on our website!
- Do use darker colors for the words and bright colors for your picture.
- Don’t include illness or death in your Riddle.
- Don’t write “Get Well Soon” or “Feel Better” because these messages can make an ill kid feel sad.
- After You Finish Your Riddle: You can give your Riddle to someone who is ill. Or, you can mail it to Soaringwords and we will share it with a hospitalized child.