You’ve Been Sentenced! (To a Fun Grammar Game)

You’ve Been Sentenced! is a hilariously fun grammar game for kids ages 8 and older from McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds. This game makes sentence creation point-worthy fun.

Grammar Game
Grammar Game

Draw 10 cards from the shuffled pile of 540 word cards. Each card has five related words around the edge so you have lots of choices from which to form your sentence. Each card is worth points so use as many cards as possible.

Your goal is to make a grammatically correct sentence, even if the meaning is a bit unusual, that the other players will accept.


When everyone is finished making sentences, the other players vote on if your sentence works grammatically. If you get a thumbs up, add up the number points on the cards to get your total.

My sentence is: John Wayne and Odysseus largely stink. Would you give me a thumbs up on my sentence?

The first player to 200 wins the game.

Grammar Game

Try a demo You’ve Been Sentenced! game online.

Grammar Game

To Laugh More:

We laughed so much at all our weird sentences! I think it would be even more fun to add in another themed deck to the mix and see how crazy your sentences can really get. Try the NASA deck or the Sci-Fi / Fantasy deck or even a Sports deck.

To Win:

Enter to win the game, You’ve Been Sentenced! Winner will be chosen at random. To enter, leave a comment below by July 10, 2011, Imagination Soup’s official giveaway rules.

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  1. says

    I can’t say that a “grammar game” is something I would generally be crazy about, but this one sounds fun. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Lauri says

    My high level 1st graders and all of 2nd grade would enjoy this game. THanks for the contest.
    ps. I would definitely give your sentence a thumbs up!

  3. Jackie says

    This game sounds like an absolute blast and will be great for the kids to see how well adults fare in this game as well!

  4. Joan Stewart says

    Word games are the best! This one sounds like great fun – and great for reinforcing grammatical structure and/or parts of speech. I think we would have a great time playing it!

  5. Kathleen A. says

    This sounds like a great game! I know our ESL students would have a lot of fun with this and would get some helpful grammar practice.

  6. Heather! says

    We LOVE word games in this house! I can’t believe I’ve never seen or played this one, but I really hope to get to play it soon. Thanks so much for the chance!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  7. Tricia Hall says

    This looks like a really neat game. I love this site…I learn about so many new things for my kids.

  8. Robin says

    This reminds me of MadLibs! What fun I had with those crazy stories. Not only will this help kids learn grammar, but what giggles and laughs the players will have!

  9. says

    You know what…I’ve actually already won this on another blog, but they never sent it. Guess I’ll give it another try!

  10. Heather says

    We home school and are also involved in a tutorial that is very Grammar and English intensive. A game like this one, which has been on our wish list for some time, would suit us quite well.

  11. Leslie Moritz says

    This is just the type of game I have been looking for… It’s difficult to find great language arts’ games! My third graders would enjoy this game immensely!

  12. Hallie Doyle says

    Oh my gosh…I would LOVE this game! You are writing about such great games…thank you a ton! There are SO many out there that I’m scared of getting lost in Google land looking up new games.


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