Creative writing photo prompts that tickle the imagination

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

It’s fun to take inspiration from a photo, especially when the image is unusual enough to tickle the imagination! Your children are sure to love these four creative writing photo prompts that invite them to write whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

1. The Butterphant

While on a walk through a blossoming meadow, you discover a mouse-sized elephant with butterfly ears flitting among the flowers. What is it doing? Are there others like it? Is it friendly? What will happen if you capture it?

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

2. Castle on the Moor

Use at least five of these words to tell a story about this photo: wind, balcony, window, dungeon, troll, treasure, knight, mysterious, lonely, rescue

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

3. Honey, I Shrunk Myself!

Who is this tiny man? Where is he? What is he taking a photo of? What emotions is he feeling? Write a story explaining what’s happening in this picture.

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

4. Toy Story

Day after day, these Pez heads sit quietly on display in the candy store. But when the store closes in the evening and the owner goes home, funny things begin to take place! What happens at night in the candy store? Write a story from the point of view of one of the Pez heads.

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!
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These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

Photo Credits: Fiona McAllister (“Castle“), (“Pez“), Nathan O’Nions (“Viewfinder“), thethreesisters (“Elephant“) courtesy of Creative Commons
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8 Comments

  • Posted September 10, 2015

    Mahala Church

    These are wonderful prompts for ALL ages. Thanks!

    • Posted September 10, 2015

      Kim Kautzer

      Thank you, Mahala. I think so too!

  • Posted September 10, 2015

    mei

    Whats the message behind the lil guy with the camera? Is there a reason why he is small?

    • Posted September 10, 2015

      Kim Kautzer

      Mei: That’s for you to decide! The prompt is meant to get your imagination going so you can make up a story about whatever you think could be happening in the picture.

  • Posted April 12, 2016

    Amy

    Fun idea! I recently took a picture of an old abandoned home along our local walking trail. My boys & I already make up stories about the location & I figured we could transfer that to our homeschool writing time. Can’t wait to add your ideas, too!

    • Posted April 12, 2016

      Kim Kautzer

      Taking your own photos for writing prompts is genius, Amy!

  • Posted April 20, 2016

    Amy

    This site is awesome! I have my middle school kids respond to a visual or written prompt every single day, and these have been wonderfully received. thanks!

    • Posted April 20, 2016

      Kim Kautzer

      I’m so glad, Amy. We love to see happy, confident writers!

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