Posted on March 20, 2020

Give Someone the Giggles

Mary Tyler Moore was an actress, comedian, and producer who made people laugh — just like Shine, a magical genie who gives kids the giggles. Can we call someone in our family on video chat and make them laugh?


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1. Let’s call or video chat with someone we love and try to make them laugh with jokes. Everyone needs a smile — or a good laugh — nowadays!

2. Here are some jokes to get started:
-“What kind of pet does EVERY genie have?” A magic car-PET!
-Knock Knock. Who’s there? Egg. Egg who? I’m so egg-cited to learn about genies!
-Knock Knock. Who’s there? Boo! Boo who? Don’t cry! It’s just Naz-BOO knocking!

3. If we need more knock-knock jokes to keep us laughing, check out Parade or Fatherly.

Words to Use:

Funny – causing laughter, humorous

Humor – comedic or amusing, something that makes people laugh

Joke – a thing someone says to cause people to laugh

Comedian – a person who makes others laugh


Tell your little comedian jokes until he or she laughs. Which was the funniest?


Can the comic duo of you and your child come up with your own joke? Try it out on another family member (live or on the phone) and see if it works!


Telling jokes and laughing together helps people deepen their relationships with one another.

Extend The Learning:

Sometimes comedians can make people laugh without saying a word. Check out Season 2 of Shimmer and Shine and see if Nazboo (the silly dragon in Shimmer and Shine) gives your kids the giggles!


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Highlights of Women’s History

Mary Tyler Moore was an actress, comedian, producer, and advocate who starred on shows including the Dick Van Dyke Show and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. As a teenager, Mary decided she wanted to be a dancer/actor, and by the time she was 24, she was playing Dick Van Dyke’s wife on TV. She also founded the animal protection organization Broadway Barks with her friend Bernadette Peters, who is a Broadway actress and singer.

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” — Mary Tyler Moore

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