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Using Silly Sentences to Build Language Skills

The Cow Jumped Over the … What?!

Grammar can seem like an intimidating subject, but not when you explore it with Silly Sentences! Using the 124 color-coded puzzle pieces included with the hilarious game, kids learn how to construct sentences, discover the functions of different words, and have a blast at the same time!

Sillly Sentences game box and pieces

Although Silly Sentences is recommended for children age 4-7, older kids won’t be able to resist the absurdity of the sentences that are created during gameplay. Get ready for lots of laughter and tons of very silly sentences!

Let’s Get Started

The first thing you’ll notice is that every card is color-coded according to grammatical function. Nouns are orange, adjectives are blue, verbs are green, prepositions are pink, articles are yellow, and periods are purple. Sort out all the orange noun cards and place them face-up in the center of the table so everyone can see which nouns are available to use. Deal out the remaining cards to the players.

Silly Sentences noun cards stacked up

Now that you have your cards, sort them by color and put each color in a pile.

Puzzle pieces sorted by color

How to Play

On each turn, players may do one of the following:

  1. Lay a card from their pile and pick a noun to play along with the card they laid.
  2. Lay a card from their pile, add an adjective (if they have one), and pick a noun to add as well.
  3. Lay a card from their pile that cannot be followed by an adjective or a noun.

It’s your turn first! Look for an article card to start your sentence—and remember that articles are yellow! You have to begin every sentence with a capital letter, so find an article card with a capital letter—it could be either The or A—and place it on the table.

"The" puzzle piece from Silly Sentences

Do you have an adjective that you can play? If so, go ahead and play it and then choose a noun to play, too. If you don’t have an adjective, just play a noun card with your article.

It looks like you can play an adjective from your pile and add a noun from the table to your sentence.

You picked scary and cow! Good choice!

Puzzle pieces that say "The cow"

Now Player 2 can either add on to your sentence or start a new one of her own. She decides to add on to yours and plays the verb card jumped. Player 3 adds a pink preposition card, over, and then it’s your turn again.

Puzzle pieces that say "The cow jumped over"

Can you finish the sentence? Find a lower-case article card, like a, and then pick an adjective card (if you have one) and a noun card to add to your sentence. This is where the sentence might get very, very silly!

You don’t have an adjective, but you can play a noun card, so you play the word house and your turn is over.

In Silly Sentences, every sentence has to end with a period, so the next player plays his purple period card and completes the sentence.

Puzzle pieces that say "The cow jumped over a house."

Your sentence is complete, so it’s time to read it out loud: The scary cow jumped over a house. Now that’s a silly sentence!

You can have as many sentences going as you like (AND you can play on the other players’ sentences, too), but if you can’t add a card to any of the sentences in play, you miss your turn. The first player to use all his cards is the winner!

Three completed silly sentences

Look at all those silly sentences!

Quick guide for Silly Sentences

6 Ways to Build Language Skills with Silly Sentences

  1. Practice sentence construction. This game provides a physical way to construct sentences that hands-on learners are going to love. Because the cards only connect in very specific combinations, kids quickly learn how the different words work together to form sentences.
  2. Learn grammatical functions. The color-coded cards are perfect for helping kids become familiar with the grammatical functions of the words in a sentence. As you play, use the grammatical terms (articles, adjectives, nouns, verbs, and prepositions) as often as possible to help kids learn these terms.
  3. Reinforce the basic rules for creating a sentence. You can’t start a sentence without a capital letter, and you can’t finish one without punctuation.
  4. Build vocabulary. Forty of the 124 cards are noun cards and every noun card has a picture to illustrate the word. Even if your child is unfamiliar with the noun, the picture on the card will help him learn the word.
  5. Add some extra silliness. Instead of placing the noun cards face up on the table, keep them hidden so that each noun is a surprise when chosen.
  6. Have a contest! Have each player choose two cards from the noun pile. Now see who can play the silliest sentence using just the cards in his or her pile.

Notes from Our Game Testers

  • The puzzle pieces are very sturdy and should stand up to a lot of gameplay.
  • The game instructions include a simpler puzzle activity suitable for younger players.

Does your family have a favorite board game that is a fun and “sneaky” way to build language skills? Please share in the comments below!

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Felicia Fiedler

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This looks like a great way to reinforce reading in such a fun way!

Kaisa Askerlund

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I like this. It would be great to use.

Christina

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This is great!

Catherine Hashimoto

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It looks like you can differentiate with the amount of words. I noticed that the different parts of speech are in different colors. And it appears like the adjectives can be left out and still the articles and nouns will fit, or an adjective can be put in front of the nouns., or a few adjectives can be put in front of the nouns.
REALLY thought out!! I would love to get one or two for my class (depending upon the cost).

Robin E.

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Yes, great eye, Catherine! The game does allow for a lot of flexibility with the sentences, much like English’s flexibility.

Catherine Hashimoto

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How much do they cost?

Robin E.

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Currently on Amazon, it is under $10.

Dolores Miranda

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This looks like such fun!!This would be perfect for my daughter!!

Samantha

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Looks like fun!

Emma

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Looks like an awesome game, Considering for my kid. Looks like fun!!

Mary Simons

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Looks like a fun game!

Emily

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This looks like a great game! I will consider it for my younger child in a couple of years.

Barbara

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“Silly Sentences” is a fun, motivational game that makes reading and language fun and interactive. The word cards are also beautiful and have picture clues for new vocabulary. My students thoroughly enjoy making the silly sentences and continue to learn and grow each time they play. I highly recommend Silly Sentences!

Robin E.

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Thank you for the recommendation, Barbara. It’s great to hear your students have enjoyed it and learned from it!

Lindsey

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We love this game! We actually played several times last week!

Jennifer Ciano

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This is a fun way to learn about sentences. We have this game at home and my daughter loves it. She likes anything funny.

Anna Pry

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my kids love these kinds of word/puzzle/games but we don’t have this one yet, they would enjoy it

Beth

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What a fun way to learn language skills! It looks like something my kids would enjoy.

Bronwyn

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My daughter has Autism and hearing loss she is a year behind her peers at present especially in reading and phonics. We have been looking for a reading programs to assist her and hopfully bring back to joy of learning. This looks like an amazing program we would like to try!

Robin E.

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Bronwyn,
We have two blog posts that you will likely find helpful. Teaching Reading and Spelling to Autistic Children and Auditory Processing Disorder: 10 Ways to Help Your Child The second one doesn’t directly apply to your daughter, but many of the tips and ideas for auditory processing disorder will be helpful for partial hearing loss as well.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

Alison

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This looks like fun! I wonder if my son would enjoy it… :)

Marjorie Guthrie

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What is the financial information about the silly sentences activity.
I am interested in purchasing it.
thank you!

Robin E.

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Marjorie,
You can find Silly Sentences available here on Amazon.

Marjorie Guthrie

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Where is the financial information about the Silly Sentences activity.
I am interested in purchasing it.
Thank You!

Tabitha

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This looks like a fun supplement!

Hayley C

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I nearly scored a second hand version of this game & even more disappointed now I missed it!
I’m thinking this would be a great prelude to copy work & including the silly sentences as our copy work that day.

Mary Schuh

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I am definitely adding this to our Christmas list! How fun!!

Robin E.

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Games are always a great idea for gift-giving, and games that are fun AND help children learn are the best. Great idea to add this to your Christmas list, Mary!

Kristin

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What a creative way to learn sentence formation! I think this would make learning to read more enjoyable and less frustrating.

Judith Martinez

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This is SO fun! I had a card game that was similar to this when my grown kids were little. I might have to snag this for my little ones.

Lauren W

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We are.going through AAR with my daughter and absolutely love it! Can’t wait to try AAS!

Kristie

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We’ve used this game for years.
Good, fun family time.

Megan LoPiccolo

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Looks like a great game! Do you know if there a huge difference between the travel addition and full addition.

Robin E.

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Megan,
I’m not aware of a travel edition of this game and I couldn’t find one searching. Could you point me toward what you found?

Nicole

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This looks amazing!

Ashley

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This looks so fun!!

Korie Cox

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This game looks like so much fun!! What a great idea!

Rebecca Rodriguez

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we love this game

Kassie

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This would be a great game to add to our homeschool games!

Amanda B

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This is an awesome idea! I think my younger kids & even older kids would enjoy this as well.

Lori G

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My little granddaughter is doing level 1 of AAR and likes to make silly sentences out of the phrases. This would be so much fun to play!

Julie

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I can’t wait to try this!

Heather Chandler

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We love Bananagrams and making our own games using them. Example: Hot Chocolate with marshmallows. Using the tiles, make the biggest word you can; for every letter you get a marshmallow.

Robin E.

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Heather,
I love your “Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows” game using the Bananagram tiles, and I think a lot of kids I know would love it too. Thank you for sharing this idea!

Melanie Lustgarten

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This is great, my 4yo loves games like this!

Teresa W

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Great resource! We also like mad libs for learning grammar.

Robin E.

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Mad Libs are great fun for reviewing parts of speech! Thanks for the reminder, Teresa.

Stephanie E

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I have been looking into purchasing this item! It is currently on my wish list! Looks like so much fun!

Ruth

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This looks like a great game!

Jessica

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I think I need to find this game! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing it.

Ashleigh

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What a fun way to learn! My son would love this!

Jocelyn

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I have this game! I’m going to use some of these ideas!

Sarah

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Wow, how fun! Love this idea.

Renatta

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I just ordered this game today! I can’t wait to start using it!

Lauren

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This looks like a great game! My youngest daughter is currently in AAR1 and loves to make silly sentences with her review word cards & fluency pages.

Jill Mansfield

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This is fantastic. It is now added to my wish list.

Laura

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My kids would love this game. They are always trying to make sentences out of the phrases on the practice words pages.

Megan Dearth

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This has been working great for my 4 year old, this is one of the few things that will keep her focused!

Kim Krabach

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This looks like something my kids and I would really enjoy!

Amy

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Play makes learning easier!😊

Kim

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This looks like such a fun game to play…My special needs class would absolutely love it

Kelly

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Those are great! Wish I’d have known about them when my son was younger!!

Sara

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Love this! I’ve been looking for a fun way to work on some grammar skills with my 3rd grader. This perfectly fits the bill!

Katie Alexik

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My kids love this game!!!

Sarah

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Looks fun!

Jessica Hamer

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Omgoodness!! I have never seen this game, my boys would LOVE this so much!! I’ll have to work on finding it 😃Thanks for the tips!

Rachel

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Love this idea

S Chambers

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Fun!

Phoebe

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Sounds like a fun activity to do with children!

Alesha

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My kids would love that sentence game!

Kera

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Such a neat idea

Ashley Dunn

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We love to play bananagrams!

Melany

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Such a cute idea

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Love this !!

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We love these products!

Katie

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Love all your ideas! Looks like a great game!

Jen R

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My 8 year old loves making silly sentences!

Nylene

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This looks like a really fun game!

Jennifer

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I love this game for learning! Just forwarded to some friends!

Nina Mackrain

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I love doing this with my boys, it gets them involved. Lol

Danielle

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This looks like so much fun! My daughters would love this!

Tracy Harms

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Thanks for all the teaching tips

Carrie Phillips

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This looks like a lot of fun and learning all in one!!

Eileen

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Looks like fun! Thanks!

Cindy

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This is a great resource!

Connie

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This would be good to combine with writing work.

Michele DAVIDSON

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This is great! I love “fun” learning.

meg

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Sure my kids would love this!

Lulu Abbott

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I can’t wait to try this game!

Mara Hockenhull

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What fabulous ideas! The grade 1/2 children I teach would love this! Thank you for your blog posts. I find them extremely informative!

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Mara! I think first and second-grade children will have a lot of fun with this game and learn something from it too!

Amanda King

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I’ve used Candy land with vocabulary/spelling words and even math concepts. Add a stack of spelling words or roll dice to add or multiply, and the correct answer gets to pick a color card and move on. My only modification is to take out the rule that they have to go back if they get a place card that they have already passed.

Robin E.

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I love the adaptation you have made for reviewing spelling and math with this classic preschool game, Amanda! Thanks for sharing this idea.

Dee

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We found this game at a thrift store. It did not have the directions with it. I have been meaning to look up the directions but never got around to it. I am thankful for this email. We now can play!

Robin E.

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Great, Dee! I hope you have lots of fun with your thrift store find.

Jessica

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Great idea. I love to incorporate fun into our school work.

Katie

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Silly sentences are so much fun! And my kids love these types of word puzzles!

Amber M Aboshihata

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This looks like such a fun game!

Dacia

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I love this! My daughter loves games and we’re excited to try this one. Thanks!

fran

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my son did this and laughed so hard at the silly sentences he made

Robin E.

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It’s always great to laugh while learning, Fran! 😊

Annell Wayman

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I think this will be a great fun game for learning grammar!

Magdalena

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I used this game for my ESL lessons with students usually at the age of nine or ten. They loved it and found it very competitive and fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hadn’t thought of using this in an English-as-a-Second-Language setting, but it’s great to hear it was helpful and fun for your students. Thanks, Magdalena!

AmyBeth Ball

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I love this idea. My daughter loves the silly sentences games in Level 1!

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