The other evening I decided to make our own version of a silly sentence game. The idea is to make several real sentences up but write the beginning, middle, and ending parts of it on different slips of paper. Then you draw one of each part out and read your crazy, silly, or totally incomprehensible sentence off. The idea, while not original, was inspired by the book Games For Reading by Peggy Kaye. I've checked this book out of the library so much I really should obtain my own copy of it before they start reminding me that I just checked it out last month. Yeah, it's happened to us before!
The idea in the book is to write the parts of sentences on index cards and then to rubberband the various groups together. While I had index cards and rubberbands I also knew the limitations of my kids. It would mean a lot of sorting which would take away from the fun of playing the game. So I loaded up my scrapbooking program and I wrote the various sentence parts in there and printed it all out on colored paper. The idea had been for the beginning parts to be on green, middle to be on yellow, and ending to be on red. Only, I was out of red paper. Not a big surprise, so we subbed the red with orange. We laminated all the strips, cut them out and put them in a small box. Then we each took turns drawing out sentence bits and reading them off. Jayden is super crazy for this game, which is great because I really made the game for him.
We've played this game at least twice a day since we made it. It seems to be a huge hit at the lunch table. I'm thinking we might all ready need to add a few more sentences to the box that work on various letter combinations. One of their favorite sentences was "My Grandma was there under my bed." They thought it really funny and then Morgan said, "Wait! That's like saying Nana was under our bed!" There was a whole lot of giggling and then Jayden said, "Or Gram-Gram.." and then they totally lost it. Apparently the thought of two grandma's hiding under their bed was more then they could handle. Want your own set of silly sentences? You can pick up the pdf we made here, but beware the side effect to this game seems to be uproarious laughter.
Note: You can read about Goofy Sentences (we prefer silly sentences) on Peggy Kaye's website here. It's one of the games she's put up in pdf form.