4 story starters to inspire young writers

These story starters will inspire young writers to imagine tales of outdoor adventure, mystery, and discovery!

Sunlit beaches, grassy hillsides, and old-fashioned gardens have inspired plenty of stories over the years. Give young writers a chance to craft their own outdoor adventure tales with these four story starters.

We provide the first line of each paragraph. A child’s imagination will fill in the rest!

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1. Secret of the Blue Cocoon

First Line:
Wherever the blue butterfly landed, strange events seemed to follow.

2. A Kite’s Quest

First Line:
“Where are you going?” the wind asked the runaway kite.

3. High Tea Mystery

First Line:
The garden party invitation was mysterious: Bring your own teacup and a fingerprint kit.

4. Clue at the Picnic

First Line:
When I sliced the watermelon open, I never expected to find a secret message inside.

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Story Starters to Inspire Young Writers

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  • Posted March 7, 2018



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