5 {fun} Thanksgiving writing prompts

5 Fun Thanksgiving Writing Prompts | Take a little break from regular writing lessons and let them choose one of these clever creative writing prompts.

It can get pretty hectic around the house in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Instead of assigning your children their normal writing schoolwork, why not take a little break and let them choose one of these clever creative writing prompts? For added fun, have them read their stories after Thanksgiving dinner!

1. Gobble! Gobble! Tweet!

Imagine you are the Thanksgiving turkey. It is your good fortune to discover that the Farmer accidentally left the door to the house ajar. You sneak in unnoticed. Quickly, you find the computer and login to Twitter.

You have just enough time to type five tweets. What will you say to your followers in no more than 280 characters (not words!) per tweet?

2. Invitation to Dinner

Suppose you can invite one special person, living or dead, to share your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year. Would you choose a favorite relative who lives far away? A famous explorer you have studied in school? The Queen of England? Your best friend who moved away?

Think about who you would invite, and then write down 10 questions you would like to ask this person.

3. Thanksgiving Traditions

What does your family do for Thanksgiving? Do you host a big gathering at your house? Do you travel to another state to visit grandparents? Is Thanksgiving a small get-together, or is the house packed with friends and family? Who does the cooking? Does your family have traditions, such as playing games, watching football, or putting puzzles together?

Write about how you spend Thanksgiving, describing the sights, sounds, flavors, and aromas of the day. Use this Thanksgiving Word Bank if you need help thinking of strong, descriptive words.

4. Leaf Pile Adventure

After Thanksgiving dinner, you and your cousin decide to explore the neighborhood. At the end of the street, you notice a giant pile of leaves.

Together, you make a running start and leap right into the middle of the pile! Suddenly, the ground opens up beneath you, and you find yourselves sliding down a steep slide.

Write a story about what happens when you land at the bottom of the slide. Where are you? Include three different things that happen on your adventure, and conclude your story by telling how you and your cousin get back home.

5. A Feast of Favorites

At the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and Indians ate foods such as wild turkey, venison, berries, squash, corn, roasted eels, and shellfish.

If you could go back in time to that historic event, what would you bring to share with your new friends? Make a list of 3-5 of your personal favorite Thanksgiving foods, and describe each one.

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If you enjoyed these fun Thanksgiving writing prompts, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

Photo: Mark Dumont, courtesy of Creative Commons.


  • Posted November 17, 2012


    We combined the invitation with the thanksgiving traditions into a freewrite yesterday for my 2 oldest daughters (17 and 16). It was incredible what they came up with!
    One invited one of the original pilgrims and had a conversation about true thankfulness and store bought food (the pilgrim was shocked that a turkey could be frozen!) and the other invited a very popular “snobby” chef and explained that it was more than about “perfect” food but it was about traditions and family.

    Thanks as always for the great ideas!

  • Posted November 17, 2012


    Wow, Joyfulmomof6! Totally blessed by your response! I love your daughters’ creativity, not just in subject matter, but in their freedom and willingness to try something new and different by combining topics. Their stories sound great!

    Thanks for taking a moment to share.

  • Posted November 8, 2016

    April Brooks

    Hi Kim!

    Thanks so much for sharing these! Planning on using them with the co-op class I’m teaching today! Have a blessed holiday season!!!


    • Posted November 8, 2016

      Kim Kautzer

      Fabulous, April! It makes it all worthwhile to know these prompts and activities are finding their marks. 🙂 Happy writing!

  • Posted November 15, 2016

    Leslie Kayes

    Thank you for the 5 Fun Thanksgiving writing prompts. I tutor 15+ students before school each Wednesday morning. I like to keep it fun and engaging while teaching them a thing or two about reading and writing.

    • Posted November 15, 2016

      Kim Kautzer

      How wonderful that your students have such a fun and enthusiastic tutor, Leslie! I hope they love these prompts.

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