Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

Creative writing was never my strong suit and my 10 year old daughter has always found it difficult as well. One problem is figuring out what to write about. Once you overcome that hurdle and get going the thoughts and words often flow more freely. 

Writing prompts help students decide on what they would like to write about, perhaps something they never would have thought about. Maybe something like, write a story about a yellow rhinoceros that wanted to join the circus. You can even have brainstorming sessions with your child and write a new list of writing prompts that are creative, imaginative, silly, and fun. The possibilities are endless.

Here are some writing prompts to get you started. If you can think of more, please add them in the comments for others to use. I'll continue to add to the list as I think of more :)

  1. Where is your favorite place to visit and why?
  2. What is the most fun you ever had?
  3. If you could be your favorite cartoon character, who would you be, and why?
  4. If you could have any pet, even an elephant, what would you want, and why?
  5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be, and why?
  6. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  7. If you could invent a brand new animal, what would it be? Describe what it would look like, it's personality, where it lives, what it eats, etc.
  8. Who is your best friend, and what do you admire most about him/her.
  9. What is your favorite season, and what do you love most about that time of year?
  10. Look through your photo album and write about one of your favorite memories.
  11. If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for?
  12. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? What would you use it for?
  13. If you could be famous, what would you want to be famous for? 
  14. Would you rather be able to swim like a fish in the sea or fly like a bird in the sky, and why?
  15. If you could make the world a better place what would be the first thing you would change and why is it important to you?
  16. What qualities do you look for in a best friend?
  17. Write about an important lesson you learned.
  18. If you had the chance to meet with someone from the past who would it be and what questions would you ask them. What would you tell them about what life is like today?
  19. If you grow up to be rich, what do you think you would be like? What would you do with your wealth?
  20. What are some of the things you wish you were able or allowed to do but can't because you are too young?
  21. Which one of your senses do you think you absolutely couldn't live without? What would it be like to have to live without it?
  22. Can you remember a recent dream? Was it a good dream or a bad dream? What was it about? Think of as many details as you can. 
  23. If you could decide where your family took your next vacation where would you go? Do you think everyone in your family would have fun? What would you do while on vacation?
  24. Choose a family member and write about him/her. What do they look like? What type of personality do they have? What do you love most about that person.
  25. If you could be either the most attractive, the smartest, the funniest, the most famous, the richest, or the kindest person in the world, which would you be and why?
  26. If you were an inventor what would you most like to invent and why?
  27. If your best friend lost their memory and couldn't remember you, what would you do and where would you take them to remind them of your friendship and try to help them regain their memory.
  28. If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?
  29. If you could travel back or forward in time where and during what period of time would you go? 
  30. If you could plan the absolutely best day of your life, what would you do and where would you go?
  31. If you could surprise your family with a special meal that you made all by yourself what would you make? Would you invent your own recipes or find them in a book? Would it be simple or fancy? How would you set and decorate the table and the room?
  32. If you could decorate your bedroom any way you wanted, what would you do? What colors would you use? What would be the theme? What accessories and furniture would you want in your room?
  33. Write a story about a monkey that loves to swing in the trees but went too far and got lost. How does he find his way back home? Talk about the different animals that helped him along the way.
  34. Write a story about polar bear that doesn't like the snow and wanted to leave the arctic. Where did he want to go and what adventures did he have?
  35. Write a story about a boy or girl who finds a buried treasure right in their own backyard. What did they find? Did they keep it a secret? What are they going to do with it?
  36. Write a story about a family of squirrels who lost their home when their tree fell down. Talk about the different homes they tried before they found just the right one.
  37. Write a story about a group of kids who lived all alone on an island. How did they get there? What did they do for food and shelter? Do they get rescued or do they manage to find a way off the island by themselves?

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  1. This is a fantastic idea!!! I'm definitely going to use your writing prompts to get us started!! Thank you for sharing

  2. These are great creative writing prompts. Even more, you could use one of these every night to prompt dinner conversation. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, these are great! I was homeschooled k-12 and we didn't focus on creative writing much at all. My mom focused on fact based writing and reports, which have a place certainly, but I love the world of creative writing!

  4. These prompt are great and so useful. Thank you I can't wait to use these with my boys.

  5. These are great! I have the hardest time getting my boys to want to write. I will definitely keep this list.

  6. These are great prompts. We usually get our prompts from Time4Writing. They have free resources like these. Like someone else mentioned, getting my son to write is the most challenging. So I'm always looking and trying to think of prompts that interest him, and you've got quite a few here. Thanks again for sharing these!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing these. These are great ideas! Thanks for linking up with us last week at the #homeschoollinkup!

  8. Our school district teachers have been on strike for the last few weeks, and i've been 'homeschooling' my son while they wait to go back to school - until now, I've been letting him 'free journal' but now that I've found these, I will definitely use them :) love the idea of prompting dinner conversations too :)


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