Creative Play Quick Tip: Tell the Worst Story Ever

It’s the silliest game of one-upmanship ever . . . and a great way to lighten the mood after school, or when things are getting a little too serious!

The rules are simple: The first storyteller tells the group a made-up event in his or her day. Everyone after that has to top it.

For example:

  • Mom: I wore mismatched socks to work today.
  • Sister: You think that’s bad? I wore my skirt upside-down!
  • Dad: You think that’s bad? I wore my shoe on my head.
  • Brother: You think that’s bad? I left my head at the breakfast table!

Add an artsy twist by making a picture of the very worst story. (A basic set of art supplies is all you need.) You can sneak in some learning here, too: Build vocabulary and writing skills by writing the winning sentence on Storytelling Paper or adding labels to the picture. Then post the “winning” pictures on your family “wall of shame”! You can draw inspiration for the next round from a themed drawing pad: A Complete the Picture Pad is perfect for helping set the scene for your terrible adventures.

Remember: Keep each turn as simple and silly as possible! It’s your choice whether the starter stories are made up or true—either way, this game is certain to end in laughter, family bonding, and a whole new perspective on everyday “disasters.”

(For other Storytelling Tips, check out our “Storytelling with Stamps” post!)

What fun ideas would you add to this list, or what crazy stories have your kids  come up with? Share them with us on our Facebook page!