Kid's Activity: Let's Make Silly Stories!

by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder

The art of weaving a good story has been around for thousands of years. Stories have and are told to pass down history, to convey emotions or circumstances, and to ignite one's imagination -- sweeping to a place far, far, away!

Story telling is most often used as a form of entertainment -- and now is certainly no different! What child (of any age!) do you know that does not like having fun and sharing pure nonsense! (P.S. We won't tell that you are also going to be teaching your child some important language skills as you go along!) Have fun! The only danger you have will be side splitting laughter!

Here's how you prepare:

  1. Get two pieces of paper
  2. Write a very short, very active story (If a whole story is too difficult, how about a couple sentences?) on the first piece of paper. Do NOT read your story to the others.
  3. Read through and underline 15 or more key words.
  4. Assign a number to each underlined word and replace the word with its part of speech.
  5. On the second piece of paper list the number and the part of speech.
  6. Get ready for the fun!

Here's how you play:

  1. Look at your second piece of paper. What part of speech is number 1? A noun?
  2. Ask for a noun -- the goofier, the better! If your partner isn't sure what a noun is, help out a bit. "A noun names something -- a person or a place or a thing -- like rhinosaurus or coliseum or philosopher."
  3. Move to number 2 and ask for its part of speech
  4. Continue until there is a word by each number
  5. Plug these words into the blanks on page 1
  6. Read the "silly story" to all the "parts of speech" helpers
  7. Start over again!

Here's a story by Resh* to help you get started.
Part 1: Write a story:

At one time there was a huge1 heap of wasps2. It was horrific3! These wasps4 were the curse of the kingdom, bringing fear and death5.

But in the kingdom, there was a brave6knight7 sworn to protect it. He8 was valient9 and mighty. So He10 departed to destroy11 the giant heap of wasps12 and vanquish their evil from the fair13 kingdom.

So the mighty Eustice14 did depart to do battle against the heap. He slashed15 at the heap and cast his sword16 against the swarming17 contenders.

And the heap was decimated18 and the kingdom became a great19 and wise20 pillar in the world. The hero lived happily21 ever after, too.
*Daughter of Julie Snyder

Part 2: Make a list:
  1. _______, adjective
  2. _______, plural noun
  3. _______, adjective
  4. _______, plural noun
  5. _______, noun
  6. _______, adjective
  7. _______, noun
  8. _______, pronoun
  9. _______, adjective
  10. _______, pronoun
  11. _______, verb
  12. _______, noun
  13. _______, adjective
  14. _______, proper noun
  15. _______, verb, past tense
  16. _______, noun
  17. _______, adjective
  18. _______, verb, past tense
  19. _______, adjective
  20. _______, adjective
  21. _______, adverb
Part 3: Fill in the list:
  1. smoldering, adjective
  2. cats, noun, plural
  3. cozy, adjective
  4. piggy banks, plural noun
  5. balloon, noun
  6. velvety, adjective
  7. hedgehog, noun
  8. she, pronoun
  9. silly, adjective
  10. you, pronoun
  11. twirl, verb
  12. giraffes, plural noun
  13. confusing, adjective
  14. Hildegard, name
  15. kicked, verb
  16. crayon, noun
  17. lumpy, adjective
  18. eaten, verb
  19. purple, adjective
  20. spongy, adjective
  21. joyfully, adverb

Part 4 -- replace the underlined words with those in list:

At one time there was a smoldering1 heap of cats2. It was cozy3! These piggy banks4 were the curse of the kingdom, bringing fear and balloons5.

But in the kingdom, there was a velvety6hedgehog7 sworn to protect it. She8 was silly9 and mighty. So you10 departed to twirl11 the giant heap of giraffes12 and vanquish their evil from the confusing13 kingdom.

So the mighty Hildegard14 did depart to do battle against the heap. He kicked15 at the heap and cast his crayon16 against the lumpy17 contenders.

And the heap was eaten18 and the kingdom became a purple19 and spongy20 pillar in the world. The hero lived joyfully21 ever after, too.

And finally, part 5:
Read your silly story to the group!

Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

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