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Play Silly-Wrong

Posted by agirlandaboy on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

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!) 

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by MamaBear2cubs on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:22 AM

We haven't but it sounds fun!

by natesmom1228 on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

No we have never done this.

by arpazia on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

That sounds lke fun,I have never heard of it!

I think I will try that out tonight.

by Madelaine on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM


by goddess99 on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

No we never played this, sounds cute though.