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December 19, 2011

A Wacky Christmas Story

I grew up with Mad Libs and loved them.  My family would sit and take turns filling out those darn things and pretty much laugh ourselves senseless for hours.

As my brother and I got older some of the games even got a bit raunchy!

Years ago, I made this wacky version of The Night Before Christmas.  I know my inspiration didn't come from the internet because I didn't use it like I do now.  I believe I just took my copy of the book and took words out based on what parts of speech we had studied so far.  Anyway, I know there are similar ideas floating around out there.

I don't give any hints to the kids about what the story is so they turn out really silly.  I also tell them to try to come up with words on their list that are unique, one-of-a-kind words.  We want words that sizzle and pop, people!

So, the kiddos get the word list form to fill out first.

Then after I've checked to see that they have the correct kinds of words and we proofread for spelling, I give them the wacky story template to fill in using their word list.  There is no word changing allowed at this point!

At this point, the giggles and snickers start.  Pretty soon the whole class is in stitches and so eager to share, which I have forbidden until everyone is done.  

Finally, we have a read aloud time where each child gets to share.

Guaranteed to be a holiday favorite.


  1. I love Mad Libs. Now, I wish my kids could do this! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm a new follower!

  2. aaagh! I love Mad Libs!! I love your idea for the holiday version--thanks Erika!!!
    Kristen :)

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am glad you found my lil' blog...and became a follower. I am a new follower on yours, too! I love your Christmas Mad Lib! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Hi Erika! I'm a new follower! I'm so glad you posted this, because it reminded me that I haven't done any mad libs with my kids this year! Love this idea.

  5. These are so great! I love them! I grew up with mad libs too and I never thought of doing this with my class. Thanks for posting these!

    And to answer your question.... we teach gym too! I teach in NYC, AKA budget cut city :(... We had to lose our gym teacher a few years ago so I'm constantly looking for fun things for them to do in gym.

  6. I finally have the motions for blends and digraphs up! Come over and check it out! :)

  7. Oh my gosh - you just brought back the best memory. My bestest friend and I would sit on the phone for HOURS doing Mad Libs. Of course we threw in a ton of "potty talk" and would DIE of laughter....

    What a neat idea!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  8. Brought back memories for me too. I love Mad Libs and so do my students. I will have to save this for next year.



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