My old friend Alison St. Sure (who also happens to be an expert on living gluten-free), shares this tip for reinvigorating storytime:
How to hear that infectious giggle from your 4 year old: You know how your child knows every word of her favorite book? Try this: read the same old story but replace key words with their opposites or with silly words (think Mad Libs). (Perhaps not a good idea if you want him/her to calm down for bedtime, but it’s fun!) To really get hilarious, use any of the following words in place of any other word in the book: toilet, bottom, eyeball or burp!
Mad Libs! Who doesn’t love them? I remember hours of hilarity filling in Mad Libs with my family. For kids learning the parts of speech, Mad Libs are also a fantastic learning tool.