Lucy’s third birthday Mad Lib

We’re big fans of Mad Libs around here, so we often try to create our own for special occasions. We had an especially fun time with this version.


We decided to write a Mad Lib based on some of Lucy’s favorite books for her third birthday party. In our opinion, Mad Libs work great at parties: they involve everyone, embarrass no one, and can be hilarious! This particular Mad Lib was based on excerpts from three children’s books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Runaway Bunny, and Caps for Sale.

We attach a pdf of the blank form Jon made so you can fill it out with your own crew, but take a look at the funny stories that were born at Lucy’s celebration! Here’s how we filled it out:

The Very Slimy Caterpillar

In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and — pbbbllllll — out of the egg came a tiny and very slimy caterpillar. He started to look for some food. On Monday, he ate through one teddy bear. But he was still hungry…. [You know how it goes: after eating all kinds of stuff all week, then:] The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through one nice miraculous mushroom, and after that he felt much more morose. Now he wasn’t flaky any more — and he wasn’t a retarded caterpillar any more. He was a big, poopy caterpillar. He built a small house, called a flatulence, around himself. He stayed inside for more than 17.6543 weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the flatulence, pushed his way out and … he was a beautiful duckbilled platypus.

The Runaway Bunny

Once there was little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” “If you run after me,” said the suspicious bunny, “I will become a louse in Omaha and I will spin.” “If you become a louse in Omaha,” said his mother, “I will become someone who decides what the seven wonders of the world are and I will decide what the seven wonders of the world are.” [Etc. etc.] “Shucks,” said the bunny, “I might just as well stay where I am and be your clear sloth.” And so he did. “Have an eggplant,” said the mother bunny.

Lip Rings for Sale

Once there was a peddler who sold lip rings. But he was not an ordinary peddler carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on top of his clavicle. First he had on his own mauve lip ring, then a bunch of chartreuse lip rings, then a bunch of burgundy lip rings, then a bunch of Northwestern University green lip rings, and on the very top a bunch of maize lip rings. He walked around Tanzania, holding himself very iffy so as not to upset his lip rings. As he went along he called, “*Lip rings! Lip rings* for sale! A half-dozen crowns a lip ring!”

1 thought on “Lucy’s third birthday Mad Lib”

  1. I will have to do this just because with Kaia! They have been studying Eric Carle in school, and especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar (they are currently caring for their own caterpillars and will follow them through their life cycle, releasing them outside as butterflies).

    Thanks for sharing! and for reminding me that I’m in charge of the “Cherry Pies” for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on Friday.

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