Writing Prompts For Kids: Creative Elementary Fun

Children are creative, so why do we need writing prompts for kids? Can’t they come up with these by themselves?

Of course they can, but sometimes you want them to write something specific to see how it comes out and sometimes they can’t come up with an idea. I speak from experience. My children are both grown up (one is in College), both were home educated and both are writers, so I feel justified in claiming I’ve some idea how to stimulate an enthusiasm for writing. It started with telling stories, and they rarely needed a prompt, but once the work was written down, well,  the blank page can be intimidating. Even the most inventive child can need help to get a story started. Writing prompts do not have to be followed precicely. They are designed to stimulate ideas, and as such the final piece of writing might not resemble the prompt, the writing is more important.

Here is a list of well tried prompts, in each case I’ve supplied a possible first line, but there’s no reason to use it. These writing prompts are designed to get kids writing, something which will hopefully become not just a habit, but a learned skill and like any skill, writing improves with practice, whatever your age.

Writing Prompts.

    1. My most exciting night ever. It was Christmas Eve and I had only just fallen asleep, when I was awakened by the sound of what sounded like jingling bells…………….
    2.  My favorite toy. No one would believe the story of my favorite toy……………
    3.  My most exciting vacation. There we stood, at last, in front of……………
    4.  My proudest moment. We were all dressed in our very best when the car arrived ………………
    5.  My favorite season. Each season has something to special to it but……………..
    6.  My best birthday present. The box was huge, what could it be, I wondered……………
    7.  If my pet could talk. Would he make me ……………
    8.  If I could have been a famous person in history. There is no doubt about it I would have been…………….
    9.  My scariest moment. It was a perfect day for our picnic in the woods and we all were helping to lay the food out, when something made me look round……………….
    10.  My most embarrassing moment. What a beautiful day for my best friends birthday party, I thought, as I made my way to his house ………………
    11.  My Favorite day of the week. Well I am at school so………………
    12.  My first day at school. When I was small I………………
    13.  My most difficult school subject. I have never understood………………
    14.  If I could change my school uniform. I would go to all of the ………………
    15.  When I grow up. I will do my very best to ………………
    16.  If I ever became President. I would see to it that ………………
    17.  If I ever found a genie in a bottle. Would I open the bottle? ………………
    18.  My favourite room in our house. Everyone in my family knows that my favourite room is………………
    19. My favourite hobby. I have been told that when I grow up I could ………………
    20.  If I could fly. I would be the most………………
    21.  If I ever won the lottery. No one I know would ………………
    22.  My favourite food. This is my secret because………………
    23. What makes me laugh. No one would believe what……………….
    24. My favourite computer games? My games are one of………………
    25.  My favourite sport. My love of sports ………………
    26.  My favourite TV programs. Are not for sure the………………
    27. If you could invite a celebrity to lunch who would it be. I know exactly who………………
    28. What makes me happy. Many things make me happy but ………………
    29. My favourite book. I love books but ………………
    30. My favourite ‘Knock-Knock’ joke. I love knock-knock jokes………………
    31. My chores. Does everyone have to do………………
    32. A day spent with my Grandpa. We always have the best time when Grandpa and I go to ………………
    33. My favourite cartoon. Cartoons are another thing ………………
    34. I would like to invent something that no one else has. It would be wonderful to……………...
    35. What really bugs me. Things do, but I’ll have to think about it ………………
    36. A favourite toy I have held on to. Sssssshhhhhh!!!!………………
    37. My favourite superhero. If I was a superhero I would be ………………
    38. This was something funny that happened to me. It still makes me laugh………………
    39. Finding funny sounding words. Words like ………………
    40. If I could be a character in Harry Potter? I would be ………………
    41. If I found a pirates treasure. Would I have to………………
    42. My favorite pop star / group. I’m not sure that………………
    43. What makes me bored. What is………………
    44. If I woke up to find I was a rabbit. Would I be a………………
    45. If my report card was really bad. I think I might have to………………
    46. What is more important, fame, power or money? It all depends on………………
    47. What I would do in the snow? That is a complete………………
    48. If TV all over the world was shut down. What would………………
    49. Is it so important to be honest? If you have been………………
    50. Is it really important to have good manners?  If you feel………………
    51. My favorite teacher. That is an………………
    52. My favorite character in Harry Potter. Is ……………..
    53. My family is important to me because. We are………………
    54. Is it necessary to have quite so many tests at school? I can’t think………………
    55. Why are there so many adverts on TV? Are they really………………
    56. Someone that has been an influence in my life. Without doubt………………
    57. Is playing ‘video games’ bad for kids? Who are the………………
    58. Is it really necessary to learn another language? Only ……………….
    59. Why are Cellphones frowned upon in schools?
    60. Why do we have to wear bike helmets ? Are they as………………
    61. Should skate boards be allowed on the side walks? Some people………………
    62. If I woke up and discovered I was invisible. Wow………………
    63. If I found that I was the last person on earth. I don’t know what I………………
    64. How would it feel if it really rained ‘Cats and Dogs’? It might be a bit………………..
    65. If a bully picked on my best friend. I’d use my…………………
    66. My favorite movie. I could watch this………………
    67. My favorite field trip. It didn’t start off very well but……………..
    68. My favorite board game. Is the one where I can………………
    69. My best friend. Is not only my friend………………
    70. My favorite Camping Site. It has always been a………………
    71. If I could go and live on the moon.
    72. If I found a magic pen. My school life would………………
    73. The three most important things in my life. Need to give some………………
    74. Why We Need to Change the Lunch Menu.
    75. My favorite yo-yo tricks.
    76. Do you believe in UFO’s?
    77. Design and name a new Sesame Street character.
    78. Have computers helped our lives or not. I think………………
    79. Things I am Thankful for. There are lots of ………………
    80. A Declaration of Independence  (for your class, family or group) This is a tall order………………
    81. My favorite Author. I know that my favorite author is ………………
    82. My favorite amusement park ride. Is not only great but………………
    83. What would be the most challenging part of being ‘President’.
    84. Plan a perfect picnic for your family.
    85. The Bravest thing I have ever done.
    86. Should boys and girls go to different schools?
    87. My favorite ice cream / soda.
    88. My favorite superpower would be.
    89. What came first, ‘The chicken or the egg’?
    90. What will the cars of the future will look like?
    91. Invent a new flavor of Jellybean.
    92. Will we find life on another planet?
    93. My favorite April Fools prank.
    94. How do you think the first maps were made?
    95. My favorite planet.
    96. Should all people be treated equally?
    97. My favorite type of weather is.
    98. Would you have liked to be the first person in space?
    99. My stamp collection.
    100. My favorite thing about my Mom.
    101. When I cleared out my room. I found………………
    102. The worst injury I ever had at school. Oohhhh I still remember the day ………………
    103. My favorite backyard game.
    104. What do you think it was like when Mount St Helen’s erupted.
    105. What good do the police do for their communities? (Research is called for here)
    106. Funny Sounding words
    107. If I ruled the world. I would make sure that………………

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