Opportunities for play, laughter, and humour are vital ingredients for healthy and happy childhoods. Sharing humour is also linked to the development of other important skills in childhood, including the ability to understand the emotions and thoughts of other people and to pretend play.
In recent research, developmental psychologists at Cardiff University found that humorous play helps children connect with others and build positive, warm relationships, such as with their siblings and friends.
We have worked with the developmental psychologists who are interested in the importance of humour and laughter in children’s play to develop resources for schools.
The new Giggle Games resources aim to give teachers and children more opportunities to share humour and play in the classroom. The free, bilingual (English and Welsh) resources and classroom games are for primary school teachers and children in south Wales.