Make Something: Mad Libs Story

Today’s make something suggestion was to create a “mad libs” style story and invite others to fill in the blanks. I found a fantastic website where I could create the story, then invite friends to enter their responses and instantly see the resulting story. You can play, too! Just fill in the blanks on this mad lib generator, then click “see results” to read our crazy, collaborative tale.

I’d love to see your results. Please copy and paste your story in the comments to this blog post.

Once you’ve played along, take a peek at the ridiculous stories my family and friends have already developed …

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JIM: It was a slippery and fragrant day. The whole family was stuck inside the cactus with nothing to do but explode and eat cabinets. “Yikes!! If only something competitive would happen,” I thought. Just then, a giant red donkey came strutting through the handbag and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally lonely. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant donkey. So we defiantly invited the donkey inside. We learned he/she liked to be called Skippy. Skippy begged us for a glass of sticky bird. When it was gone, we all played a game of paintbrush. I won, but only because I scored 18 more points than Skippy. Eventually, Scooter came home from Sliding. ” Holy Crap!!” he/she yelled, and pushed our Noisy friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you adorable scissors!” I was so chubby, all I could do was sneeze.

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MARY: It was a Soft and Furry day. The whole family was stuck inside the Cat with nothing to do but Running and eat House. “Oh my! If only something Cute would happen,” I thought. Just then, a giant Orange Cat came Tossing through the Toy and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally Cute. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant Cat. So we Sneaks invited the Cat inside. We learned he/she liked to be called Pumpkin. Pumpkin begged us for a glass of Cute House. When it was gone, we all played a game of Cat. I won, but only because I scored 10 more points than Pumpkin. Eventually, Pumpkin came home from Pouncing. ” Oh my!” he/she yelled, and pushed our Soft friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you Furry Cat!” I was so Cute, all I could do was Jump.

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TAMMY: It was a hot and sticky day. The whole family was stuck inside the bubble with nothing to do but jump and eat chocolate. “yikes!! If only something sad would happen,” I thought. Just then, a giant blue bear came jogging through the doorknob and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally shy. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant bear. So we quietly invited the bear inside. We learned he/she liked to be called Fred. Fred begged us for a glass of confused paper. When it was gone, we all played a game of pen. I won, but only because I scored 7 more points than Fred. Eventually, Jasper came home from skipping. ” oh!!” he/she yelled, and pushed our tiny friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you round pillow!” I was so pretty, all I could do was float.

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ISAAC: It was a soft and smooth day. The whole family was stuck inside the bed with nothing to do but run and eat rope. “bang!! If only something fun would happen,” I thought. Just then, a giant turquoise scorpion came killing through the car and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally big. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant scorpion. So we rapidly invited the scorpion inside. We learned he/she liked to be called beth. beth begged us for a glass of round ball. When it was gone, we all played a game of square. I won, but only because I scored 10 more points than beth. Eventually, jim came home from skiping. ” wow!!” he/she yelled, and pushed our quick friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you sparkly wheel!” I was so small, all I could do was roll.

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HANNAH: It was a orange and malicious day. The whole family was stuck inside the poop with nothing to do but fart and eat cow. “aah!! If only something mushy would happen,” I thought. Just then, a giant purple cheetah came fasting through the pistachio and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally hard. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant cheetah. So we swiftly invited the cheetah inside. We learned he/she liked to be called Marcus. Marcus begged us for a glass of chunky unicorn. When it was gone, we all played a game of toilet. I won, but only because I scored fourteen more points than Marcus. Eventually, Kevin came home from danceing. ” Run!!” he/she yelled, and pushed our fluffy friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you green pineapple!” I was so yellow, all I could do was smell.

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EMMA: It was a funny and nice day. The whole family was stuck inside the ipad with nothing to do but skip and eat tv. “OUCH!! If only something fun would happen,” I thought. Just then, a giant baby blue unicorn came runing through the cat and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally sorry. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant unicorn. So we nicely invited the unicorn inside. We learned he/she liked to be called Lisa. Lisa begged us for a glass of kind mom. When it was gone, we all played a game of potato!. I won, but only because I scored 9 more points than Lisa. Eventually, Bethany Nyland came home from talk!ing. ” NOOOOOOOOOOO!” he/she yelled, and pushed our stupid friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you dumb PANDA!!!!!” I was so red, all I could do was Flip.

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ME: It was a soupy and ridiculous day. The whole family was stuck inside the staircase with nothing to do but clean and eat laundry. “YIKES! If only something sporty would happen,” I thought. Just then, a giant orange lizard came danceing through the table and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally ornery. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant lizard. So we lovingly invited the lizard inside. We learned he/she liked to be called Jones. Jones begged us for a glass of freaky iPad. When it was gone, we all played a game of sofa. I won, but only because I scored 903 more points than Jones. Eventually, Andrew came home from laughing. ” Ay carumba!” he/she yelled, and pushed our ugly friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you massive blanket!” I was so intoxicated, all I could do was exercise.

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Here’s how the story looks without the “input.”

It was a [adjective] and [adjective] day. The whole family was stuck inside the [noun] with nothing to do but [verb] and eat [noun].

“[Exclamation]! If only something [adjective] would happen,” I thought.

Just then, a giant [color] [animal] came [verb]ing through the [noun] and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally [adjective]. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant [same animal].

So we [adverb] invited the [same animal] inside. We learned he/she liked to be called [name].

[Same name] begged us for a glass of [adjective] [noun]. When it was gone, we all played a game of [noun]. I won, but only because I scored [number] more points than [same name].

Eventually, [name] came home from [verb]ing. “[Exclamation]!” he/she yelled, and pushed our [adjective] friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you [adjective] [noun]!”

I was so [adjective], all I could do was [verb].

But initially, I wrote a complete, silly story … then went back and removed key words. Here’s where I began:

It was a cold and snowy day. The whole family was stuck inside the house with nothing to do but watch TV and eat chocolate bonbons.

“Gosh! If only something exciting would happen,” I thought.

Just then, a giant purple penguin came waddling through the front door and announced, “Hey, everybody! The party’s here!” We were totally shocked. But what could we do? You can’t call animal control just because you’ve seen a giant penguin.

So we simply invited the penguin inside. We learned he liked to be called Joe.

Joe begged us for a glass of cold beer. When it was gone, we all played a game of Scrabble. I won, but only because I scored two more points than Joe.

Eventually, Mom came home from shopping. “YIKES!” she yelled, and pushed our new friend into the street. “Don’t come back, you ornery bird!”

I was so crushed, all I could do was weep.

The process was fun, and everyone who participated had a good giggle. Give it a try!

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