Get ready for the holiday with these two adorable mad libs stories. Add your own words to find out how a what’s in the Easter Bunny’s workshop, and how to get ready for the big day!
My kids love mad libs. They’re 5 and 7 right now, and every silly or unexpected word sends them into gales of laughter. I guess they really are my kids — I remember discovering mad libs in 5th grade. Our computer teacher had a mad libs game installed on all the computers, and that’s where you could always find me. Within the first month, I had done all of the stories.
My kiddos would probably do the same, except for the fact that they can’t type or spell. We do this together, Mom writing down the silly ideas, and the kids fighting over who gets to give me the next noun or adjective in our funny stories. When we first started, I had to describe the grammar words for them (a noun is a person, place, or thing, like dog or park or pajamas). It didn’t take my 7 year old long to cotton on, and he no longer needs the explanation. The 5 year old still struggles with grammar terms, but she’s great at giving me a describing word, a thing word, or an action word.
How to play Easter Mad Libs
For those who have never had the pleasure of playing the world’s greatest word game, AKA mad libs, the idea is simple. You can print out the free printable mad libs stories, which are missing words, indicated by a blank. Under the blank is the type of word you need to fill in to complete the story. You ask someone who has not read the story to give you words, which you write down. Then, you read the story with the words filled in, resulting in hilarity, silliness, and completely unique stories. At least, that’s the idea.
Reviewing the Parts of Speech
You may not know this, but my day job is middle school English teacher. Believe it or not, I get very excited about grammar. However, I know that many folks haven’t looked at grammar with anything but a side eye for most of their life. If you need a quick review on all those part of speech terms, then here you go:
- Noun: a person, place, thing, or idea. Examples: my sister, the living room, a potato peeler, or love. Feel free to change a player’s word choice to singular or plural to fit the sentence (i.e. jaguar to jaguars).
- Verb: an action word. Examples: run, jump, climb, etc. Again, feel free to change the tense or form of the word to fit the story (i.e. change “run” to “ran” or “was running”)
- Adjective: a word that describes a noun. Examples: big, purple, scratchy, sweet
- Adverb: a word that describes a verb. These often end in -ly. Examples: quickly, sneakily, lovingly
- Interjection: an exclamation word. Examples: Wow! Oh no! Eeek!
We’re not going to mess around with conjunctions, pronouns, or prepositions today. Your silly stories don’t need them!
Where can I use this activity?
Glad you asked! Easter Mad Libs can be used almost any time! This works as a fun family activity. As I mentioned before, my kids love to play this with me, and I love that it teaches them grammar words and is a tech-free way to connect!
This would also make an egg-celent gift for your traditional easter basket. Just tuck the stories in with all the candy for a silly way to improve your kids grammar skills.
This is also a ton of easter fun for school parties. It takes almost no prep work, and can be used with kids as young as kindergarten.
My experience with groups of kindergartners and Easter party games is that you need to do them in short time chunks. They struggle to wait for the entire story to be filled in before they get the payoff.
For these Easter Mad Libs, I’d suggest maybe a paragraph at a time.
Another tip: You also can’t just ask young children for nouns and adjectives. Instead, you’ll have to say things like “I need a thing. Can everyone look around the classroom? Does anyone see a thing?” or “I need a describing word. Maybe something like ‘big’ or ‘stinky’.”
Done like that, this is a fun game for kids of all ages. Also, kids this age love the word “stinky.” No idea why; it’s just facts.
If you have older children, they can run the entire game themselves. Hand it to your bored child, and they and their best friend can have a fun time with the world’s greatest word game!
This is also good for teachers looking for fun ways to practice language arts skills. Easter Mad libs make a fun sponge activity. It’s also a great way to keep early finishers busy!
But wait, there’s more!
If you love these ones, here are seven more that you can print for free from our friends over at Woo Jr. I only created my own because we had done all of theirs!
And if you want even more, grab a Mad Libs book* — there’s a reason they’re the gold standard!
*Disclosure: this is an affiliate link. If you purchase something from this link, I will receive a portion of the profit.
Here are the two Easter printables to download as digital files: