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Nonsense Book

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

In this activity, children draw a subject card and a predicate card, and then illustrate the results.


  • Ten or more index cards
  • Small notebook
  • Pencils, crayons, colored pencils, or markers


  1. Divide the cards into two sets.
  2. On each card in one set, write a sentence subject like Dad, Justin, The cat, The hat, and so on.
  3. On each card in the other set, write a predicate like has a bat, is tired, has a bib, is in bed, and so on.
  4. If you like, write in one color for subjects and one for predicates.
  5. Let your child pick a subject card and a predicate card and join them to form a sentence, for example: The hat has a bib or The cat is in bed.
  6. Have your child read the sentence aloud, or read the sentence for him.
  7. Then have your child print the sentence at the bottom of one page of the notebook (or print it for him).
  8. Let your child illustrate the sentence. Repeat this process several times to make a nonsense book.