Homemade Mad Libs
Today's Snack: You complete a Mad Lib by filling in the blanks. So let's make Mad
Lib Tortillas! Simply "fill in" your empty tortilla with shredded cheese, taco
meat, chopped chicken, tuna, chopped lettuce, sliced onion . . . whatever
sounds good! Wrap it up, and wash it down with a nice glass of milk.
Print out these pages: http://www.pta.org/madlibs.pdf
or an old
coloring book or storybook that you can write in
Here's a kooky family writing idea that also teaches kids
the parts of speech. Everybody loves "Mad Libs," where a little story has some
missing words, and you get to think up what might go in each blank.
In the link above are some Mad Libs from the national
Parent-Teacher Association. You can print them out. Then one family member
reads the name of the part of speech that the blank requires, and the others
can say what word would fit in the blanks. This is a good opportunity to
explain to kids what a noun is, what an adjective is, and so forth. It's also a
good vocabulary stretcher.
don't want them to have any idea what the story is about, and usually, their
answers are hilarious. Write in the words they suggest, and then when it's all
complete, read it aloud. It should be very funny!
you'd like to keep going, whole booklets of empty Mad Libs are available in
most bookstores and dimestores. But you can do the same thing with an old
coloring book that has a storyline.
is a job for an adult or older teen - perhaps a babysitter? - who is familiar
with the parts of speech. Go through the coloring book, first, and underline
the words that you want to replace. Write down what part of speech each word
go through the Mad Libs process as before. This is a great way to recycle
coloring books that are already completed, or, if there's more coloring left to
do in it, give it to the student to finish coloring afterwards.