Mad Libs Style - Complete the Story

Mad Libs is a phrasal template word game where one player prompts another for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story, usually with funny results.

My Complete the Story (Mad Libs Style) are so much fun. Kids of all ages love doing these and seeing what the result is. They are great for partner work and help with learning parts of speech. Use them to supplement grammar lessons or just for fun free time activities. After trying some out in the classroom and home see if your kids can create their own. Click on the pictures below, download and print.

First Day of School

Trapped in a Tornado

I have always loved educational puzzle games. I'd much rather be spending time with my old, torn-up "variety puzzle" book than in front of a video game. Even today I love doing logic problems. I hardly ever am able to solve one without looking in the back for a hint, but I love them just the same.

I found that my students love puzzle games too. In our free time we do crosswords, mazes, hidden pictures, and even soduko puzzles. I'd tie their spelling words each week into a word search which they enjoyed very much. I found that even the kids who struggled more in class really lit up when they completed a puzzle. They were having fun, but still had to use their own thinking skills to complete the puzzle. There are such a variety of them too, offering something fun and challenging for most everyone.

I believe puzzle games are perfect to enhance creative thinking and problem solving. It gives children a chance to use their brains differently and "outside the box." They may seem like just fun free time activities, but I really think that puzzle games keep the brain active and encourage exploration of different problem solving methods.

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