In The Magic of Magazine Subscriptions, I mentioned that I had ordered a couple of new subscriptions for my kids. It’s only natural, of course, that as your children get older, they grow out of certain magazines and grow into others.
Well, one of these magazines is called “Ask” (from Cricket Magazine Group), which features nonfiction articles about the world at large. Not long ago, we received our first copy, an issue titled “So Many Seasons,” and one of the pages had some clever quips in response to the question “How hot is it?”
It’s so hot the cornfields are popping!
It’s so hot the trees are looking for shade!
It’s so hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs!
As my kids seemed to enjoy these jokes—and since it’s pretty hot in Japan now—I thought maybe we could try creating a few of our own. So we spent some time brainstorming, and laughing like looneys, while I faithfully scribbled down their ideas. An activity like this, which children will join in eagerly for the amusement, is not only a good workout for their language ability, it serves to stretch their creative thinking as well.
Today, then, I’d like to present the best of their responses to the question “How hot is it?” I hope you enjoy them, but please keep in mind that Lulu is 9 and Roy is barely 6 so their “jokes” don’t always make perfect sense.
How hot is it?
It’s so hot a dog turned into a hot dog! (Lulu)
It’s so hot when I opened the freezer, fire came out! (Roy)
It’s so hot my teeth broke off! (Roy)
It’s so hot the mushrooms are flying out of the ground! (Lulu)
It’s so hot I want to be a popsicle! (Lulu)
It’s so hot the sun is starting to melt! (Roy)
It’s so hot the pig turned into pork! (Lulu)
It’s so hot the frying pan is cooking a cat! (Roy)
It’s so hot the fan is looking for another fan! (Lulu)
It’s so hot when I looked into the pig’s butt, hot lava came out! (Roy, in a particularly spirited burst of imagination)
Give it a try
If it’s hot where you are, too, I suggest trying this little game—in any language you like—and seeing what your kids come up with. Because children seem to have a natural affinity for exaggeration and absurdity, the fact that the activity calls for an extreme response is what kids seem to find so engaging and fun. (You can try the same thing in winter with the question “How cold is it?”)
For more summertime laughter (and language development), see “Daddy Is Dangerous”: A Fun, Effective Word Game for Bilingual Kids.