Mad Words is a game where you fill in the blanks of a provided story. Players randomly select words, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns to create a crazy story. Mad Words is a creative game that helps develop thinking and imagination, while also being fun. Create a wacky story that will be sure to get your players laughing.
- A book, poem, song, or any type of unified text.
- A highlighter or pen to mark the different parts of speech.
- A sense of humor
Mad Words Set-Up
- Mad Words is best played with a small to medium group of people—around 10 players.
- In larger groups, players can be paired up to work together
- Find a used book at a secondhand shop or take one from home—it’s easier to use a children’s book, but any story will work.
- Read through the text highlighting different nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns (optional).
- Create four or five different lists—depending on if you use pronouns—of frequently used nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
- Nouns name a person, place, or thing. (dog, father, stick)
- Verbs are action words. (jump, sing, run)
- Adjectives are describing words. (hot, dark, funny)
- Adverbs tell how an action is done. (angrily, softly, calmly)
How to Play Mad Words
- Assign one person to mark the words and read the story out loud.
- This person can also choose to reveal the name or genre of the story.
- Be careful not to reveal too much of the story or the new words might match with the text and not be as crazy to read.
- Players choose from the lists of words to fill in the blanks accordingly.
- One person will fill in the story with the selected words throughout the game, making sure not to reveal the story.
For example, a noun fills in a blank marked ‘noun.’
- Ol’ McDonald had a ___________.
- Ol’ Mc Donald had a teapot.
- Read the whole story out loud.
Instead of using premade writing, each player must create his or her sentence to contribute to the game using nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
- Players will select a card marked with the words above.
- They will receive four points for every sentence created.
- If a player uses their words to link to another player’s sentence, then they receive double the points—eight points.
- The first player to earn more than 50 points is the winner.
- Choose a poem, song, or excerpt instead of a story. Use the selected text and find words to replace.