Teachers provide students with two bags. One bag is full of slips of paper with random fun items (muffins, ninjas, puppies, etc.) and the other is full of slips with math concepts (adding and subtracting negative integers, area, volume, etc.).
Students choose two random item slips and one math concept slip. The student is then tasked with making three story problems involving the two items and based on the math concept. It is recommend that you let them brain storm before writing their final three problems.
Once they have their final three problems written on the "Make your Own Word Problem" page they flip it over and fill out the answers, showing the steps it takes to reach said answer. Compile all the word problems and pick ones to have students work.
The finished problems work well as a review, morning work, or even as assignments for future classes.
All random items and math concepts can be changed to suit your class age or demographic. The ones included are for 6th graders.