While we’ve compiled the best jokes for kids of all ages, as well as the best riddles, and even non-cheesy knock-knock jokes, little kids — roughly between the ages of 3 and 7 — need a category all to themselves.
Rather than require the grasp of nuance and sophisticated cultural know-how that jokes for older ages rely on, these jokes are based around kid-friendly references (to animals, body parts, food, etc.), puns, and sheer silliness. Children on the upper end of the 3-7 age range will likely understand the set-up and derive humor from the actual punchline; with those on the lower end, you’re going almost entirely for funny delivery, which includes goofy noises and laughing hard at yourself, which often gets them to laugh too.
Some of these you’ve surely heard before — when you were a kid! — while others are new to the cultural coffers, and quite funny. Share them far and wide, and encourage your kids to then come up with jokes of their own!
The 50 Best Jokes for Little Kids
“Why do fish live in saltwater?”Because pepper makes them sneeze!
“Why are giraffes’ necks so long?”Because they have really smelly feet!
“What do you call a sleeping dinosaur?”A dino-snore!
“What do you call a dancing cow?”A milkshake!
“What do you call a fish with no eyes?”Fsh!
“Why didn’t the teddy bear want dessert?”Because he was so stuffed already!
“What has two legs but can’t walk?”A pair of pants!
“Who can jump higher than a skyscraper?”Anyone! Skyscrapers can’t jump.
“What did the little corn say to the mama corn?”Where is pop corn?
“Why did Mom throw the butter out the window?”She wanted to see a butterfly!
“Why do gorillas have big nostrils?”Because they have such big fingers to pick with!
“How do you get a squirrel to like you?”Act like a nut!
“What did the big flower say to the little flower?”Hey, bud!
“Where do cows go on Friday nights?”To the moo-vies!
“What does the ocean do when it sees its friends?”It waves!
“What do elves learn in school?”The elf-abet!
“Why is 6 afraid of 7?”Because 7 ate 9!
“What do you call a snowman in the summer?”A puddle!
“What animal cheats at games?”A cheetah!
“What is a tree’s favorite drink?”Root beer!
“What do porcupines say when they kiss?”Ouch!
“Why can’t Elsa have a balloon?”She’ll ‘Let It Goooo!’
“What do you call a dog that goes to the beach in the summer?”A hot dog!
“What did the volcano say to his wife?”I lava you so much!
“What do you call cheese that’s not yours?”Nacho cheese!
“What’s brown and sticky?”A stick!
“Do you have holes in your underwear?”No? Well how do you put your legs through it?!
“What time would it be if a dinosaur showed up at your school?”Time to run!
“What did one wall say to the other wall?”See you at the corner!
“How do you make a tissue dance?”Put a little boogie in it!
“What do you call a pig that knows karate?”A pork chop!
“What do you call the horse that lives next door?”Your neighhh-bor.
“Which building has the most stories?”The library!
“What kind of shoes do ninjas wear?”Sneakers!
“What kind of games do you play when you can’t play video games?”Bored games!
“Why was the weightlifter upset?”He was using dumbbells!
“What has four wheels and flies?”A garbage truck!
“What should you do if someone rolls their eyes at you?”Roll ’em back!
“What is a snake’s favorite subject in