This silly game reminds kids that God loves a joyful heart.
Play: Have one child lie on his or her back.
Then have another child lie with his or her head on the other
child’s belly. Have the remaining kids lie down with their heads
resting on another child’s belly.
Choose one person to start the game by shouting, “Ha!” The next
person will shout, “Ha, ha!” and each child continues to add a “ha”
as they work around the group. Sooner or later the group will burst
into laughter, with heads bouncing off bellies with joy.
Cool Down: Let kids take turns telling a funny
story or joke. Tell kids that God wants us to experience joy every
day through fun and laughter.
Laughter IS Good Medicine
Research shows that laughter plays an important role in both
physical and mental health. Laughter releases endorphins, chemicals
in your body that produce an overall feel-good sensation. Families
that laugh together feel closer to each other and overcome
disagreements and frustrations faster. Use these ideas to have some
belly-rolling laughter and fun as a family.
- Act silly. Tell goofy stories about make-believe characters.
Let kids tell stories, too.
- Joke around. Kids love to tell jokes, so let them share their
latest after dinner or on trips to sports practice or music
- Shake up the routine. Make usual routines unusual, such as
eating dessert first at dinner or watching TV upside down.
- Supply comic relief. Wake your kids for school in a zany
costume, or play a game after dinner that’s sure to result in
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