Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Silly Sentence Game

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.


Heather said...

Thanks for the pdf! We've played this game from the book and it is a lot of fun!

kenziekylanmom said...

I had to save this one, we love games and the kids seem to pick things up more quickly when a game is involved. So fun, thanks for the pdf!

Whimsy-ma-blog said...

This is so great! I have a 20 hour (each way!) trip coming up with my three kids (5, 2 and 6 months!) soon. This game will be so fun! I think the 5 year old can read them and since they're by colors, the two year old can put sentances together for others to read to her. This is the sort of thing they're going to find hysterical.

Thanks for the pdf!

LadyM said...

Thank you so much for providing the PDF! I wanted to do this with my kids so I went on Pinterest to see what was available so I wouldn't have to make up all the sentences on my own. SO THANKFUL to find this!

Michelle Cortez said...

I am not able to get the PDF to open. Would you be able to email it to me? Thank you!

Aussie Pumpkin Patch said...

Hmm, how strange you couldn't get it to download Michelle. I can email it to you, but I'd need an email address to do that with. ;)