Preschoolers love being silly. They love wearing socks on their hands and making their stuffed monkeys say "moo." Being silly by being wrong is a fun way to build their confidence in knowing the right answers, and it's a great way to exercise their creative little noggins.
It's easy to be silly-wrong whenever and wherever you are (point to an airplane and say "Look at that fish!"; let your kid see you try to put his jacket on your body), but if you're looking for something just a bit more structured, how about making your own mad libs?
Remember mad libs? You complete a list of prompts like "noun," "adjective," "color," "animal" and then plug your answers into a normal old story, which suddenly isn't so normal anymore. If you search online for mad libs just for kids, you'll find a bunch of sites that will let you do them right there on the screen or print them out for later, but the way we like to do them is a little more creative because it uses the silly-wrong game to turn my son's favorite stories on their heads.
To make your own mad libs, all you need is a book from your child's library--the more familiar the better, if you really want to get them giggling. Every sentence or so, pick a word to have your child replace with an equivalent alternative. For instance:
In the great purple room
there was a rollerskate
and a blue fire hydrant
and a picture of
the three-toed sloth jumping over the moon...
This technique works just as well whether you're making up a story in real time or writing it all out as the text for a homemade book--one that your preschooler will be proud to stack on the bookshelf with all his other favorites.
Do you play silly-wrong with your kids? Who usually initiates it--you or him? (My son is a thousand times sillier than I am!)