Are you looking for something fun and free to do with your kids? Maybe you want to unplug as a family and have some old fashioned fun. You can do both, and everyone is sure to laugh and enjoy themselves.
Remember Mad Libs? If you don’t remember, this is a game where one player asks another player or players for words to add into blanks in a nonsensical story. Then the story is read aloud and hilarity ensues. It may sound corny, but our kids love it.
When I was a teenager I remember playing Mad Libs in youth group. When I had my own youth group we would sometimes play Mad Libs. It is a great way to have fun with a group.
Somehow after having kids I had forgotten all about Mad Libs. Sad, but true. This past Christmas however, my mom purchased Mad Libs for A. She got him the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Version.
Mike and I decided to break out the Mad Libs on New Years’ Eve and have a roaring good time! I explained the game, but the kids weren’t all that interested. We had to convince them to play.
As we were going along we had to explain nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, plural nouns etc. Our youngest is three, so explaining these grammar concepts was a little tough, especially since Mommy needed a refresher course.
They were supplying words and soon it was time to read our first story. I read our story to the group and everyone laughed. Right away they were fighting over who could give the first word for the next story. Suddenly this game was fun.
Good, Clean Fun?
We started the next story and Mike and I continued to remind them the difference between nouns and verbs. They were starting to catch on when one of the boys realized that a whole new world of possibilities could be opened up with the use of potty language.
From that point on every story would contain the words poop and toilet at least once. As one of them would suggest those words their siblings would laugh and then when we read the story and got to those words they would all laugh as though they were watching Will Ferrel play the cowbell.
Needless to say, Mad Libs has become one of our favorite frugal activities. It has gotten to the point where I can get the kids to do chores or quickly get ready for bed with the promise of Mad Libs.
A while back I posted on my Facebook page about the kids enjoying Mad Libs. I received so many comments from other parents who said that their kids also loved Mad Libs. I thought that Mad Libs deserved a post.
There are multiple benefits to playing Mad Libs as a family.
1. Spending quality time together.
2. Learning about grammar and the English language.
3. Free activity.
4. Doesn’t require electricity.
If you are looking for a new frugal activity to try with your family, get yourself some Mad Libs. You can purchase a book of Mad Libs at the store. They come with all sorts of themes. You can also find free Mad Libs online. Listed below are some good online resources, so the next time you are having quality family time all you have to do is pull up one of these sites and let the fun begin.
Mad Libs Official Site for book recommendations and apps
Mad Takes similar to Mad Libs with 188 free ad-lib word games
Printable Mad Libs for kids
Wikipedia learn about the history of Mad Libs
Mad Libs is making a comeback! This past summer Pittsburgh comedian Annie Claffey traveled around the country in a blue and green Mad Libs car. The goal was to remind people about this fun word game and bring people together with hilarious stories.
There is actually a Mad Libs Musical. It’s called Mad Libs Live and the audience gets to participate. The premise is a group of high school students are competing in a singing competition when they realize that their songs are missing words. The audience fills in the blanks and the actors perform all the songs with the words provided by the audience. Every show is different.
I don’t know about you, but I would definitely go to a musical with audience participation! Visit Mad Libs Live for information about a show near you.
Strengthen your relationship with your kids and spend quality time with an inexpensive activity. Help your kids learn the parts of speech while taking a break from screen time. Mad Libs could be just the thing that you are looking for.
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