Fun writing prompts for children

When faced with a blank paper, many kids have a blank mind to match. These fun writing prompts for children may be all they need to inspire creative writing!

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Many children, when faced with a blank piece of paper,  find that they have a blank mind to match. At times, a simple writing prompt or story starter is all it takes to prime the pump. These fun writing prompts for children are certain to delight and inspire even your most reluctant writers. Try one on for size!

1. Odd Couple

A ship carrying animals to a zoo in Argentina is blown off course. A giraffe and a chimpanzee, the only survivors, find themselves shipwrecked in Antarctica. Write a story about a friendship that forms between these two animals and the penguin that comes to their aid.

2. Sweet Dreams?

Make a list of five things that make it hard for you to sleep at night (lumpy pillows, scary movies before bedtime, etc.). Now, make a list of five things that help you fall asleep easily.

3. The Art of Tomatoes

Write a paragraph titled “How to Draw a Tomato.” Explain the complete process, from gathering supplies to displaying the finished artwork.

4. Stealth Mailbox

The Postal Service has announced a contest for the best camouflage on a front yard mailbox. Describe your prize-winning plan to disguise your family’s mailbox.

5. Home is Where the Food … Was?

Imagine someone has asked you to convert the kitchen pantry into either a dollhouse or a bunker for plastic army men. Explain how would you furnish and decorate this new play space.

6. Build a Better Bagel

A local bakery has invited you to invent a new bagel flavor. Describe your doughy creation using the senses of sight, touch, taste, and smell.

Did your kids enjoy these fun writing prompts? Be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays.

Photo credits: Kjunstorm (giraffe), Guilherme Jófili (chimpanzee), Christopher Michel @ChrisMichel (penguin), courtesy of Creative Commons 2.0
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1 Comment

  • Posted February 11, 2009

    Alice

    This is great informtion! Thank you for sharing. As an educator and researcher I truly value contextualized prompts as a way to help kids get started accessing their thoughts and ideas!

    I wanted to add that for those who really are intimidated by a blank page go to http://www.thinkitinkitpublishing.com for professionally illustrated wordless picture books in which children write the stories. These books are scaffolded to support writers through a more scaffolded writing process. Enjoy!

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