I remember it well. My Mom, my sister and I, hanging out with each other in the living room, engaged in a fun game of Mad Libs, laughing uproariously at the results of the game.
Tom went to the store with his __noun___ in his hand, looking for __plural noun___ . He ___verb___ ___adverb____ through the aisles until he found some ___plural noun____.
Would turn into:
Tom went to the store with his hot dog in his hand, looking for hairs. He ran furiously through the aisles until he found some pimples.
Well, as you can imagine, there was reason for that uproarious laughter. We couldn't contain ourselves and it was loads of fun.
A simple yet educational and fun game. It is definitely good for family, for friends, for anyone. So, let's talk about what's so good about this unique and captivating game.
One thing that strikes me when I remember playing Mad Libs with the family is that it was reinforcing my knowledge of the English language. The idea of the game is that a story is outlined, but you have to fill in the blanks in which you are given choices of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Clearly, you either have to know what those language properties are or you'll have to learn.
Mind you, I was only in grade school when I used to play this game. But English had always been my favorite subject and playing the game was a good way to practice and reinforce my skills. If your child is not so good at Language, or new to it because they are quite young, then playing is a good catalyst for teaching him or her about it. Believe me, it's fun to do. Anyone in the family will be willing to teach the young one the meaning of nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives when they are caught up in the excitement of the game, wanting to complete the story and hear the end result.
Well, in this way, I suppose it could also improve your teaching skills.
So, have at it!
It's a fun game to try to think up a noun, a plural noun, or whatever; most of the time, the participants try to get creative. The more creative, the better. Because then you know the story will come out quite hilarious. That is the reward.
The game rewards creativity and knowledge, giving everyone great motivation to participate wholeheartedly in the game. You test your skills and creativity in this way.
Then when you, whoever is in charge of the book, reads the story back, everyone is waiting in anticipation for that hilarious outcome. When everyone finds out that Mom went to the garage with a pickle on her head, waiting for her handbag to stop galloping all over the cheese fries, well, then everyone is doing quite a bit more than snickering; everyone is roaring with laughter.
This is a chance for the family, or friends, to spend time together, to interact and enjoy each others' company in a very constructive way.
Often when we socialize, we feel we need a specific activity. We will often pick out a movie to watch or something along those lines. While that's fine, it seems the interaction is kept to a minimum, depending on who's involved.
It's unavoidable when playing the game for participants to interact.
It's probably one of the most interactive games out there.
It Is For Everyone
Everyone participates in the game when you're playing Mad Libs. The more, the better. Or, the more, the merrier.
Everyone has to, and wants to, try to figure out and choose words for the story.
Mom, Dad, friend, brother, sister, cousin, everyone is included and no one is excluded.
Get Together To Learn And Laugh
So, that's the beauty of this game: People get together, get closer, and, at the same time learn and have fun.
Guess what? You're working together when you play Mad Libs. You're not competing, because the game is for everyone. And everyone wins!
You really can't lose with Mad Libs.