Mad Libs

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Developed by:Penguin Group USA


Ages: 7-9

All the fun of the original Mad Libs game is now available in this amazing app by Penguin. With 21 templates to choose from, children can create silly stories by filling in nouns, adjectives, and adverbs as needed. Children can play alone or with someone else, and hints are available if kids are in search for fun, new word choices.

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:

  1. Grammar Rocks!Grammar Rock videos are timeless and always entertaining! Show your child this short video which reviews the eight main parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. They may already know what each of these parts of speech are, if so, this video is a fun way to refresh their memory. After watching the video, have them explain to you what each part of speech is.  To scaffold this activity for younger children or children that grammar concepts are newer to, pause the video every minute or so to review the parts of speech that have been covered in each segment. If your child loves to write and take notes, encourage them to jot the key points down!  
  2. Rock On!Encourage your child to choose a part of speech and create a song, chant, a rap, or recite a poem that explains and defines what it is. Definitely encourage them to be silly, have fun and add in dance moves!  To extend this activity, have your child create a song, chant, rap, or poem for all of the main parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections).  

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

  1. Act It Out!Whether your child is playing alone or with someone else, they are sure to create a silly story. After reading their short story once, have one person re-read it aloud while your child brushes up on their acting skills. Their live interpretation of the short mad libs story is sure to make someone laugh! Have them repeat this activity as many times as their heart desires!
  2. Draw It!Having your child act out their short mad libs story is fun, but they might not have the props or ability to recreate the scenes exactly as their imagination pictured. Grab any art supplies handy in your home and ask your child to draw each mad lib story in one page, or scene.  Encourage them to add lots of color, stickers, glitter, etc. - anything that helps them bring their visualization of the story to life.

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:

Let’s Play!

Help your child retain what each part of speech means through this fun game.  

What you’ll need:

  • 8 brown paper lunch bags

  • index cards

  • pen or pencil


  • Prepare for the game by labeling each of the eight brown bags a different part of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections).

  • Then, on index cards, have your child help you think of and write down 10–20 words for each category. Write only one word on each index card.

  • To scaffold this step for older children, or children that have a good grasp of the parts of speech, have them do this independently.    

  • Place the appropriate index card in each bag that fits its part of speech.

  • Pick out one word from each bag and use those words to build a long sentence.

  • Each word used correctly in context wins a point for the player.

  • Play until all cards are used up, or until one player manages to use every single part of speech in one sentence.

  • The first person who can use all the parts of speech wins immediately; otherwise, victory goes to the highest point-getter.

  • Note: you may need to conjugate the verb tense and/or include articles, such as, “a”, “the”, “an” to make the sentence complete. If this format is proving to be a little too tough, modify the game for your child by omitting some of the parts of speech at first, such as interjection, conjunction, and/or pronoun. As your child gains mastery over the more prominent parts of speech, slowly introduce the remaining parts of speech into the game.

  • After you've built a few sentences, reverse the game! Dump all the words onto the table, scramble them up, and correctly place each word back into its corresponding bag.


Write On!

Ask your child to write a short story about anything they’d like. If they are stumped, provide them any of the following prompts below:

  • If I were a teacher for one day...

  • If you could be principal for the day at your school what would you do? Change?

  • What I like most about my home...

  • If you had one hundred dollars but were not allowed to save it or spend it on yourself, what would you do with the money?

  • Make a list of the important people in your life. If you could do something nice for these people, what would you do?

Ask your child to write their story a little larger than they normally would because they are going to go back and trace over certain parts of speech in specific colors.  Assign each part of speech a color, or give them the following color assignments:

  • nouns- red
  • pronouns- orange
  • verbs- yellow
  • adverbs- green
  • adjectives- blue
  • prepositions- indigo
  • conjunctions- violet
  • interjections- pink

Once your child goes back and traces over each part of speech in its assigned color, they will have a colorful visual of how various parts of speech come together to form sentences and stories. Encourage them to share their story aloud with friends or family members, practicing their fluency (reading with emotion and recognizing punctuation).