Spin-A-Story StoryBuilders | Printable Writing Prompt Spinners


Can the mouse find its way home from a strange planet? Will the princess discover the secret passageway through an enchanted forest? Why did the tailor end up at sea, overhearing a mysterious plot? And what twists and turns appear in the character’s path? A predator? A storm? A locked room?

NEW! Spin-a-Story printable spinners help jumpstart a creative writing project by providing children with the basic elements of a story—character, setting, and plot. A spin of the pointer determines the story elements and sets a foundation for a  fun and creative writing experience.

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Break up your routine or add punch and variety to writing lessons with Spin-a-Story. Use these fun writing prompts in addition to—or instead of—a daily writing assignment.

This digital download includes 4 spinners. Each one comes in both full color and grayscale options (8 spinners total) and includes complete directions and ideas for how to use them.

  • Exciting Adventures! Spinner
  • Animal Adventures Spinner
  • Fantasy & Fairy Tales Spinner
  • Historical Adventures Spinner

Spin three times to find out your CHARACTER, SETTING, and a SITUATION. Once you have your three elements, it's up to you to create the whole story! Here's an example from the "Animal Adventures" spinner:

1st spin for CHARACTER: a jungle animal
2nd spin for SETTING: in an abandoned building
3rd spin for PLOT: hears a cry for help

Spinners may be used by students of various ages. Though they are designed for grades 3-8, younger children and even teens can enjoy them too. (Instructions include ideas for using this activity with pre-writers.)

Spin-a-Story StoryBuilders | Printable Writing Prompt Spinners
Spin-a-Story spinners are only available as a digital file that you print yourself. Upon purchase, you will receive an immediate download link to the PDF file.

Spin-a-Story gives children opportunities to

  • Use their imaginations to create fictional stories
  • Express themselves both verbally and in writing
  • Practice writing stories that have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Incorporate character qualities and emotions into their stories
  • Describe a story’s setting

Product Details


Kim Kautzer

Grade Level

grades 3-8


PDF (available for immediate download)


16 pp.