4 writing prompts for letter-writing fun

4 writing prompts for letter writing to inspire creativity and laughs as kids apply for a job in a candy shop or rebuke a naughty appliance

April is National Card and Letter-Writing Month! Why not let your kids have some fun with these unusual writing prompts for letter writing? Whether they’re applying for a job in a candy shop or rebuking a naughty vacuum cleaner, these colorful prompts will inspire creativity—and even a few laughs!

1. The Sweetest Job

Your favorite candy store is hiring children. Write a letter to the owner of the store explaining three reasons why you are the perfect person for the job.

2. Pet Protests

Pretend you are a family pet who wants more freedom. Write a letter to your owners in which you ask them to give you one or two new privileges. Make sure to give several good reasons for your request!

3. Wish You Were There

Think about a recent educational field trip or memorable outing. Perhaps you explored an amazing science museum, took the plunge at the local waterpark, went to a Civil War reenactment, or toured a potato chip factory. Write a letter to a grandparent, cousin, or friend describing your experience. Include at least three details about something you saw or did. When you’re finished, mail your letter!

4. You Shouldn’t Have

Have you ever held a grudge against the brush that pulled your hair or the vacuum that sucked up your shoelaces? How did you feel when a pen leaked ink on your favorite shirt or the toaster burned yet another bagel? Think about a time when an inanimate object caused you a bit of distress, and write a letter to this object to express your disappointment.

If your children have enjoyed these, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

4 writing prompts for letter writing to inspire creativity and laughs as kids apply for a job in a candy shop or rebuke a naughty appliance

Photos: Steve Snodgrass (candy sticks) and Alexander Savin (envelope), courtesy of Creative Commons
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2 Comments

  • Posted April 19, 2016

    Karen Doll

    I absolutely LOVE this post Kim 🙂 !!! Letter writing should be a part of every homeschool and every school child’s curriculum, for that matter. In this digital age we live in, electronic mail has replaced the much beloved hand written letter. I have always loved receiving letters and so did my children. So, I wrote letters and encouraged my two children to do so also. We wrote to friends and family, shut ins, pen pals, etc. And, the way you added a heaping spoonfull of creativity to simple letter writing makes it an adventure kids are sure to want to try. Learning and FUN — definitely a win-win situation!!

    • Posted April 19, 2016

      Kim Kautzer

      Karen: This is one of my favorite writing prompt posts too. When it comes to writing, every child can benefit from a generous helping of creativity and fun, right? Thanks for popping in with a kind and thoughtful word.

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