Leonard Stern and Roger Price invented the Mad Libs game in 1953. They created their own publishing company and the books were such a success that over 100 million copies have sold. Mad Libs are fill-in-the-blank stories. Players choose words – nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives – to fill in blanks in a story. The result is a strange, funny, and definitely original story!

Why Play Mad Libs?

Mad Libs provide a number of benefits for those playing.

  • Mad Libs are educational.
  • They teach parts of speech.
  • They reinforce reading skills
  • Mad Libs develop the imagination.
  • Mad Libs promote creativity.
  • Mad Libs are fun!

How to Make Your Own Mad Libs Game

How to Make Your Own Mad Libs Game

Although you can purchase Mad Libs books and there are on-line Mad Libs generators, it is fun and simple to create your own. Doing so allows you to tailor the game to the age, interest, and ability level of your players. Mad Libs can be created for any subject, occasion, or age group. You can use the Web to search for any of the following:

  • Birthday Mad Libs
  • Mad Libs for Teens
  • Christmas Mad Libs (or any other holiday)
  • Star Wars Mad Libs
  • Mad Libs for Kids, Teens, and Adults
  • Wedding Mad Libs
  • Anniversary Mad Libs

Additionally, you can use any newspaper or magazine article, greeting card, book, or product description for your Mad Lib game. The reading you choose should fit the age and topic, as well as the interest level of your players. For example, your chosen reading will be vastly different for an adult group and a group of fourth graders.

How to play Mad Libs game

How to play Mad Libs game

Method #1

Write nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs on notecards. Each player draws one of each type of word and must make a sentence using the words chosen. Players receive four points for each sentence created. However, if they can use their words to add on to the previous player’s sentence, they receive eight. The first person to exceed fifty points wins the game.

Method #2

Find a used children’s book at a thrift store or use one of your kid’s books. Short stories or poems both work well for Mad Libs games. Go through the story, highlighting nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Make four lists, one each of commonly used nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs on a chalkboard, large piece of paper, or poster board to replace those in the story. Have the players choose from the number of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs that will be replaced.  Read the story aloud replacing the highlighted words.

Method #3

Choose any type of writing – poem, short paragraph, or excerpt from a popular novel or classic literature – and type it up with blank spaces. Under each blank, indicate which part of speech should be used. Provide lists of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs (see our lists below) to fill in the blanks. Create one Mad Lib for each of the players and pass them out randomly. When the blanks have been filled in, have each player read their story.

Word Lists for Mad Libs

Word Lists for Mad Libs

Fit your Mad Libs game to the age level of your players when you choose the words for filling in the blanks. You want plenty of adjectives and adverbs because they are the words that add punch and humor to your Mad Libs, so we have given you an extensive list of both. The words we have listed here should work for any group of players.

Nouns

Nouns are names of person, places, or things.

applefifthscale
arithmeticfingerseashore
badgeflocksidewalk
basketframesleet
basketballfurnituresmoke
battlegeesebathtub
beastghostnose
beetlegiraffesidewalk
beggargovernorson (boy)
brainhoneystage
bubblehopestation
bucketincomethroat
cactusislandthrone
cannonjeanstitle
cattle (cow)judgetoothbrush
celerylampturkey
cellarlettuceumbrella
clothmarbleunderwear
coachmonthvacation
coastnorth (south, east, west)vegetable
crateoceanpoison
creampatchriddle
daughter (girl)planescale
donkeyplaygroundvisitor
earthquakepoisonvoyage
feastriddleyear

 

Verbs

Verbs are action words. You may need to change the verb you use another tense by adding –ed or –ing.

questionadditch
reachallowjog
rinsebakejump
runbangjump
scattercallkick
staychaseknit
swimdamageland
talkdroplock
turnendmarch
untieescapemix
usefastenname
vanishfixnotice
visitgatherobey
walkgrabopen
workhangpass
yawnhugpitch
yellimaginepromise

 

Adjectives

Adjectives are descriptive words. They modify or tell about nouns.

abundantdelightfulhighnutritioussquare
adorabledirtyhollowobedientsteep
agreeabledrabhotobnoxioussticky
alivedryhotoddstraight
angrydustyhugeold-fashionedstrong
beautifuleagericyorangesubstantial
betterearlyimmensepanickysweet
bewilderedeasyimportantpetiteswift
bigelegantinexpensiveplaintall
bitterembarrasseditchypowerfultart
blackemptyjealouspricklytasteless
bluefaintjollyproudteeny
boilingfaithfuljuicypunyteeny-tiny
bravefamouskindpurpletender
breezefancylargepurringthankful
broadfastlatequaintthoughtless
brokenfatlazyquicktiny
bumpyfewlightquietugliest
calmfiercelittlerainyugly
carefulfilthylivelyrapiduneven
chillyflakylongreduninterested
chubbyflatlooserelievedunsightly
cleanfluffyloudrepulsiveuptight
cleverfreezinglowrichvast
clumsyfreshlumpyrottenvictorious
coldfullmagnificentroundwarm
colossalgentlemammothsaltyweak
coolgiftedmanyscarywet
creepygiganticmassivescrawnywest
crookedglamorousmeltedscreechingwhispering
cuddlygraymessyshallowwhite
curlygreasyminiatureshortwide
curvedgreatmodernshywide-eyed
damagedgreenmushysillywitty
dampgrumpymysteriousskinnywooden
deadhandsomenarrowslowworried
deafeninghappynervoussmallwrong
deepheavynicesoftyellow
defeatedhelpfulnoisysparklingyoung
delicioushelplessnumeroussparseyummy

Adverbs

Adverbs tell how something is done. They modify (tell about) a verb, adjective, or another adjective. They frequently end in –ly.

 

actuallyfamouslyjaggedlyperfectlysmoothly
almostfarjealouslyplayfullysoftly
alwaysfastjoyfullypolitelysolidly
angrilyfatallyjustlypoorlysometimes
annuallyferociouslykeenlypositivelysoon
anxiouslyfoolishlykindlypowerfullyspeedily
arrogantlyfortunatelyknowinglypromptlysternly
awkwardlyfranklylazilyproperlystrictly
badlyfranticallylessquickersuccessfully
bashfullyfreelylightlyquicklysuddenly
beautifullyfullylikelyquietlysurprisingly
blindlyfuriouslylimplyrapidlysuspiciously
boldlygenerallylivelyrarelysweetly
bravelygenerouslylooselyreadilyswiftly
brieflygentlyloudlyreallysympathetically
brightlygladlylovinglyreassuringlytenderly
brisklygleefullymadlyrecklesslyterribly
busilygracefullymerrilyregularlythankfully
calmlygratefullymiserablyreluctantlythoughtfully
carefullygreatlymockinglyrepeatedlytightly
carelesslygreedilymonthlyrigidlytomorrow
certainlyhappilymoreroughlytoo
cheerfullyhastilymortallyrudelytruly
clearlyhealthilymostlysadlytruthfully
cleverlyheavilynaturallysafelyupbeat
closelyhelpfullynearlysearchinglyupward
coollyhelplesslyneatlysedatelyurgently
courageouslyhighlynervouslyseeminglyvainly
cruellyhonestlyneverseldomvastly
curiouslyhopelesslynicelyselfishlyvery
daintilyhourlynoisilyseparatelyviciously
deeplyhungrilynormallyseriouslyviolently
delightfullyimmediatelynotshakilywarmly
dimlyinnocentlyoddlysharplyweakly
dreamilyinstantlyoftensheepishlywell
easilyintenselyonlyshrillywetly
excitedlyintentlyopenlyshylywildly
extremelyinterestinglypainfullysilentlywisely
fairlyinwardlypartiallysleepilyworriedly
faithfullyirritablypatientlyslowlywrongly

 

Mad Libs are fun at a party, useful at school for teaching parts of speech, and serve as an excellent icebreaker at any function. Our article provides all the information necessary for endless, entertaining Mad Libs. Play on!