Live, love, laugh – with the emphasis on laugh. April is National Humor Month and what better way to chase away the last of the winter blahs than by having a good guffaw? From wacky creative fun and joke books to a voice changer and even something to stash in your first-aid kit, these fun finds are sure to bring on the belly laughs – and keep the kids busy, as a bonus.
Yep, you read that right: bacon adhesive bandages. Some claim this greasy breakfast staple is miraculously delicious, but who knew it had healing properties, too? Well, it may not fix that boo-boo any faster, but it'll sure dry up tears in record time. They run about $5 for a box of 15 at Archie McPhee – not a bad bargain for bacon.
Put pencil to paper and learn to sketch the fundamentals of funny with the How to Draw Funny Book Kit. The kit includes a "Whoops!" block eraser, three bi-point markers, a mechanical pencil and a speech bubble template. Detailed instructions and tracing pages included. This clever creation by Klutz runs about $17. Ages 8-plus.
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Who wears a mask, smells good and rides a horse? The Cologne Ranger, of course! Find this joke – and tons more – in The Zany and Brainy Good Clean Jokes for Kids. It will get them giggling for sure. Find it at Barnes and Noble for about $5. All ages.
Little ones love to explore, and the Silly Sounds Frog by Fisher-Price lets them do just that. It has five rewarding activities and allows little ones to push, pull, spin and slide different parts. Bright colors and music bring on the belly laughs. Available on Amazon for about $12. Ages 6-36 months.
A lady with a mustache? A pirate with beautiful blond hair? Make kids giggle – and let their imaginations run wild – with this reusable Funny Faces Sticker Fun book by Peaceable Kingdom Press. Great for on-the-go entertainment. Get it from KangarooBoo for about $11. Ages 3-plus.
Tickle their funny bones with The Tickle Monster Laughter Kit. A monster just flew in from Planet Tickle, and his mission is to make children laugh out loud. This hardcover book comes with blue fuzzy tickle mitts that have holes in the fingers, so parents can alternately turn pages and tickle. At Amazon.com for about $24. Ages 1-plus.
Safer than sucking helium out of a balloon, but no less funny, this Voice Changer by Toysmith will inspire silliness for hours. Choose from four different voice effects (boy, robot, old man or kid), then pull the trigger and hear your amplified voice transformed. Available at Funky Monkey – based right here in Oxford, Michigan – for about $10. Ages 5-plus.