Oh, Lord! It’s sure not funny. It’s sure not easy to make a child laugh. In this era of internet, do funny stories for kids still work? Well, it mostly depends on the style of narration. Even a silly incident can make children laugh if that interest is created.
If you are looking for laugh-worthy stories to narrate to a child, then MomJunction brings you a compilation of funny short stories for kids. Can your child’s tickle bone take it?
9 Funny Stories For Kids To Read
Create an atmosphere that leads to boisterous laughter. Make sure you are calm and adjust your tone to make the narration most effective. Let’s have a look at some of the amazing funny stories of all time.
1. The missing tenth man
One day, ten men go to the Ganges to take a dip in the holy Indian river. They hold the hands of each other while taking the dip. But they somehow forget to hold hands while coming out of the water.
After coming to the shore, one of the senior men asks, “Have we all crossed the river safely?” The remaining men start looking at each other. They are confused.
Now the senior man asks everyone to lift their hand up to take a count. He starts counting and takes a count of each person.
When the count stops at nine, other men start screaming. They even go looking for the missing tenth man. This goes on with each person counting men up to nine and missing the tenth man.
A cap vendor, who keeps watching the amusing scene, offers help. The vendor gives a cap to each man and asks them to wear it. The men are confused as to what is happening. The vendor asks the senior man to gather all the caps, including his own and count them all.
Everyone is surprised and happy to see ten caps. The silly men credit the vendor to have helped them find their missing member and believe it to be magic. The vendor charges a good amount of money for each cap and walks away happily.
But what has really happened? The men forgot to count themselves and hence, the number was always nine.
2. We are even
One day, Nasreddin Hodja goes to a Turkish bath. As he is offered an old towel and a robe, he is upset that nobody is paying attention to him. He says nothing but leaves a hefty tip at the counter while returning.
A week later, he goes back and is very well received this time. He is given a royal treatment and is also provided extra services. Hodja is happy but hardly leaves any tip.
Everyone is surprised and curious to know why Hodja left just a small tip this time.
He says, “Today’s tip is for the services offered during the last visit. And the tip given then was for today. We are even now.”
3. Emperor’s new clothes
There lived an emperor who fancied wearing expensive new clothes every day. He changed his outfit many times a day and paid utmost attention to his grooming while neglecting his duties as the ruler.
One day, two conmen visit the emperor posing as weavers. They convince the emperor that they have a fine fabric, visible only to wise and honest men. They pretend to show the fabric, and the emperor is forced to act as if he sees the fabric lest he is called a fool and dishonest. The emperor hires the two conmen to make special robes for him.
They keep pretending to weave clothes, and everybody in the king’s court is forced to act as if they are seeing the beautiful dress being woven for the emperor. One fine day, the conmen announce that the robe is ready, and ask the emperor to wear it for the upcoming procession.
Though the emperor couldn’t see the robe, he obliges. He pretends to wear the robe and goes on the procession naked. No one wants to be called foolish or dishonest; hence, all the people remain silent about the emperor being naked. However, a child, innocent that he is, could not contain himself and blurts out, “The emperor is actually naked.” Then another child starts laughing, and the laughter spreads across.
The emperor is baffled but having no choice he continues to walk the procession.
He decides to punish the conmen, but they are already gone with the hefty money that they got as remuneration for the clothes that they never weaved.
4. Ant’s accident
In a faraway city, lived a unique couple — the elephant and his wife the ant.
One day, while returning home on their scooter after a long day’s work, happens something unexpected. They meet with an accident. The elephant gets badly wounded, but the ant escapes scratch proof.
Guess how? Because the ant is a safe rider and was wearing a helmet.
5. Frog and his belly burst
Two frogs — father and son — live together in a pond. One day, the son frog was playing in a garden when he spots a cow. He returns to the pond and tells his father that he saw a giant scary monster.
The father frog does not believe it and tries to rubbish it away. When the kid insists, the father pays attention, and the son frog starts to explain how big the ‘giant’ was.
The father frog fills up the air in his stomach and asks him if the monster looked like that? The son says, “No, it is much bigger.” The father fills up some more air in his belly and asks the son if the giant was that big. The son says no again.
The father does it again and again until his belly becomes huge with air. Before he could ask the question, his belly bursts. The father starts crying out in pain.
6. A man and three thugs
In a faraway village, a man used to help a landlord without asking for anything in return. He was extremely superstitious. Impressed with the work, the landlord rewards the man with a big healthy goat, one day.
The man carries the goat on his shoulders and starts walking back home. Three wicked thugs observe him and decide to trick him.
The first thug comes to him and asks, “Why are you carrying a dog on your shoulders.” The man gets angry and tells the thug that it is a goat and not a dog.
As he keeps walking, the second thug passes by and enquires why he was carrying a dead calf on his shoulders. The man’s anger multiplies and says, “You fool! Can’t you see this is a goat?” However, the second thug’s question plants the seed of suspicion in the man’s mind.
After walking for some more distance, the third thug approaches the man, and asks in a sarcastic tone, “Why are you carrying a donkey on your shoulders?”
The superstitious man gets scared thinking the goat is actually a ghost. He leaves it right there and runs away.
The three thugs take the goat away, laughing at the man’s stupidity.
7. Sandwiches for dinner
Two friends, who are advocates, visit a restaurant and order drinks. They do not order anything to eat as they have a sandwich each in their briefcases. The advocates take out their sandwiches and start eating them.
The waiter comes, and sternly says, “You are not allowed to eat your own sandwiches inside the restaurant.”
The smart friends look at each other, laugh and exchange their sandwiches.
8. Age of the leg
An old man visits a doctor to seek remedy for the terrible pain in his leg. The doctor replies saying, “I am sorry but this could be due to your old age.” He further explains why nothing can be done to help with the pain.
The old man gets angry and questions the doctor about his ability and expertise. This angers the doctor, who asks the old man, “How can you say that I know nothing and I am at fault for the pain in your leg?”
The old man innocently replies, “It is quite obvious you are wrong. My other leg is of the same age too, but has no pain at all!”
9. Bald man and a fly
A bald man was the owner of a sweet shop, where he sold candies and sweets. The sweets attracted a lot of flies, and the owner tried everything possible to prevent the flies from sitting on his sweets.
One day, a giant fly comes and sits on the sweets. He tries to clap it with his hands, but it escapes and sits on another sweet. He tries to clap it again, but it flies away and sits on another dish, and this continues.
The fly challenges the bald man to clap and hurt it if he can. The man says, “I can sacrifice anything to keep you away from my store.”
Then the fly sits on the man’s bald head. Without much thought, he hits his own head to catch the fly. The fly flies away leaving a big red bump on the man’s head.
No matter how boring or funny a story is, you can leave the audience craving for more with your storytelling skills. Kids are more likely to enjoy listening to stories rather than read them, and if you are a young parent, be prepared with a whole bunch of stories to narrate one every single night (or day).
Did you enjoy these very funny stories for kids? If you know of more stories, do share them with our readers by posting in the comments section below.