Kids love to be funny! Every classroom or neighborhood has a kid whose greatest ambition is to make people laugh—and all kids love to laugh at the jokes and antics of their friends. Funny Bones is designed to bring out the humor in every kid. For those who already have a comic streak, it provides wonderful new material for routines and scenes. For shyer children, it boosts self-confidence and a sense of fun. The first few chapters tackle the idea of comedy and what makes it funny, introducing famous comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Lily Tomlin and a variety of ways for young comics to create a trademark style. Later chapters offer hilarious improv games and valuable tips—for instance, don’t ask questions in improv routines, but instead make statements that other actors can build on. The book concludes with comedic scenes for young people and suggestions for comedic play that kids can perform.
Whether blessed with a sense of humor or trying to uncover their inner comic, kids will find a lot to laugh about in Funny Bones: Comedy Games and Activities for Kids by Lisa Bany-Winters. The acting teacher and author of Show Time: Music, Dance, and Drama Activities for Kids offers nearly 90 activities including tips on creating memorable characters, using props and developing a stand-up routine.