As Father’s Day approached this year I was excited to do something fun with my kids to give to their dad for Father’s Day. I *love* all the little questionnaires that you can find where you ask the kids questions about their mom or dad and then fill in the responses. The answers the kids give are hilarious and awesome. This past Mother’s Day my five year old did one in his preschool and one of his answers was that his mom “weighs medium”. It’s fun just to see what’s going on in those cute little heads of theirs!
As I was looking up which one I wanted to do this year I thought it would be really fun to put those answers into a little story, like a MadLibs. There wasn’t anything I could find quite like this and I finally decided that I had the skils to make one up myself. The story is about the superhero Super Dad, because let’s be honest isn’t that who every kid thinks their dad is? The story is a little cheesy, but I thought it was a more fun way of doing the questionnaire than just the straight questions/answers. I made it so that you could change “Dad” to be “Grandpa” or “Uncle” or even “Mom” or “Grandma” or whatever you might like! Just be sure that if you make the story for a woman that you check the box that says your recipient is female so that all the pronouns are correct. Also be sure to select the right gender for your child so their pronouns are correct as well 🙂
I’m a bit finicky about layouts (job hazard of working with some awesome designers) and I’ve never liked not having enough space in the questionnaires to write all of the child’s responses, or having to squish it in and look wonky. So I’ve made this into a little web application, you can fill in your child’s answers and it will put them right into the story without having to squish answers or use your very best handwriting. Yes, I’m finicky enough that I decided I’d rather spend a couple days writing the code to make it a web application than have to handwrite the answers in 🙂 Your child’s answers will be highlighted in blue so you can still tell which parts are the form story and which parts are your child’s responses. If anyone would like a copy with just blank lines so you can handwrite your answers, let me know and I’ll put the effort into making a printable version too.
The background for the printable and for the banner graphic for this post I created using Julie Billingsley’s Masked Marvels digital scrapbooking kit. I contacted her for permission to use her designs for this project and she graciously obliged, thanks Julie!
You’ll have to enter in your answers to be able to see the story, but the background basically looks like the graphic at the top of this post, except that it’s portrait instead of landscape, and obviously the story is on the inside instead of the promotional text 🙂 Anyways, I’ve rambled long enough…
Click here to fill out your own DadLibs!
Oh, and if anyone has their own fill-in-the-blank story they would like to share feel free to send it to me and I should be able to create another similar page without too much trouble now that the heavy lifting is done 🙂 Any suggestions for improvements will definitely be considered so let me know if you have any ideas to make it better, and feel free to share this with your friends!
2 thoughts on “DadLibs: The Adventures of Super Dad”
Thank you!! I’m finicky too so I really appreciate the time you put into this. I recently heard that using MadLibs, in a semi controlled way like this is a great way to get people’s side of things when you are journaling. I have a teenage son so was going to use this method to get his take on our Christmas and summer vacation. If I could get him to do it “online” I think I’d get more co-operation because he wouldn’t even have to talk. Thank you.
I’m so glad this will be useful for you as well! I hadn’t thought of MadLibs as a journaling tool, but that’s a great idea!