StoryBuilders | Writing Prompt Cards


StoryBuilders help jumpstart a creative writing project by providing kids with the basic elements of a story—character, character trait, setting, and plot. These printable writing prompt cards inspire tear-free, enthusiastic creative writing. Even your most reluctant student will beg for StoryBuilders!


Do you have a reluctant writer? StoryBuilders writing prompt card decks may be just what you're looking for to spark enthusiasm, motivation, and creativity! Each printable deck comes with an assortment of cards featuring the four basic story elements: character, character trait, setting, and plot. Using their selected cards, your kids will be ready to embark on a joyful writing experience with some clever surprises thrown in along the way.

Using the StoryBuilders cards, kids develop their tales by picking one card from each category. Does the hero save the day? Will the notorious bad guy learn a lesson? And what twists and turns appear in the character’s path? A hurricane? A bag of loot? A mysterious letter? With hundreds of possible story combinations, no two will be alike!

Break up your routine or add punch and variety to writing lessons by occasionally offering StoryBuilders. Use them in addition to—or instead of—a daily writing lesson. You can mix and match cards from other StoryBuilders card decks, because every card is different! Expand character options, settings, and plot possibilities by adding to your StoryBuilders collection. Each deck includes printing instructions and assorted ideas for using the writing prompts.

These writing prompts may be used by students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school. StoryBuilders are available only as a digital file that you print yourself. Upon purchase, you will receive an immediate download link to the PDF file.

 World of Animals StoryBuilders

WriteShop StoryBuilders - World of AnimalsWhat’s this? A curious porcupine hears, “Help! Save him!” . . . and it’s coming from the pantry? A forgetful robin flies into a car and gets separated from his family? Animal lovers will have a whale of a good time writing stories filled with mystery or adventure!

World of Animals features  48 characters such as a spider, giraffe, and boa constrictor.

  • 192 printable StoryBuilder cards, black print (for printing on colored cardstock)
  • 192 printable StoryBuilder cards, colored print (for printing on white cardstock)
  • 48 blank cards
  • 62 pages

World of People StoryBuilders

WriteShop StoryBuilders - World of PeopleWhat’s this? A grumbling pirate on horseback meets a talking animal? A kindly professor finds his long-lost uncle in an ancient city? What kid wouldn’t love to write a story filled with such whimsy or intrigue?

World of People features 48 human characters such as policeman, tourist, and detective.

  • 192 printable StoryBuilder cards, black print (for printing on colored cardstock)
  • 192 printable StoryBuilder cards, colored print (for printing on white cardstock)
  • 48 blank cards
  • 62 pages

World of Sports StoryBuilders

WriteShop StoryBuilders - World of SportsWhat’s this? A competitive skateboarder falls down a rocky path? A disrespectful hockey player learns a lesson at the neighborhood ice rink? An awkward gymnast breaks a record? You won't be able to pull your sports fans away from writing stories filled with such spirit and drama!

World of Sports features 48 athletic figures such as snowboarder, basketball player, and dancer.

  • 192 printable StoryBuilder cards, black print (for printing on colored cardstock)
  • 192 printable StoryBuilder cards, colored print (for printing on white cardstock)
  • 48 blank cards
  • 62 pages

Christmas Mini-Builder

WriteShop StoryBuilders - ChristmasWhat’s this? A ragged fir tree helps a stranger on a cold night? A weary homeless man discovers a wallet full of money outside a candy shop? A bad-tempered candy maker finds a magic candy cane and disappears into a snow globe? Your whole family will love writing holiday stories filled with hope or humor!

Because we don’t want to encourage children to take liberty with the true Christmas Story, the Christmas Mini-Builder is not spiritual in nature. Instead, kids will enjoy creating other holiday-themed stories featuring 24 characters such as an old woman, snowman, and nutcracker.

  • Christmas Mini-Builder is a half-size StoryBuilder
  • 96 printable cards, black print (for printing on colored cardstock)
  • 96 printable cards, colored print (for printing on white cardstock)
  • 29 pages

Product Details


Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar

Grade Level

All ages


PDF (available for immediate download)


62 pp. (29 pp. for Christmas Mini-Builder)

What Parents Are Saying…

I was completely blown away by what [my daughter] wrote yesterday… Thanks for helping make writing FUN!!!
Jolanthe, Homeschool Creations

They’ve been a HUGE help on days when they kids just can’t come up with an idea to write about.
Erica, Confessions of a Homeschooler

I am really mad at WriteShop. These StoryBuilders have proven to be too fun and my kids don’t want to do anything else! Looks like math and science will be flying out the window today as we have already spent the morning writing from the cards. The boys are still at it! We are having a really fun day of creative writing. Thanks for giving us a boost!
Wendy, North Carolina

This is such a wonderful product! … I highly recommend this for those children struggling with finding something to write or talk about in their schooling.
Lynn, homeschooling parent

Takes the groaning and moaning out of reluctant little writers.
Denise, Chai Mommy

And then came my miracle. My [reluctant] writer started writing and couldn’t stop! He started writing page after page! And he began making plans for the sequel before he even finished the first. Needless to say, I *LOVE* StoryBuilders!
Kristin, homeschooling parent

The kids unanimously said, ‘I like it! It’s a lot of fun. Let’s play one more round!’
Regenia, Homeschool Reviews for You

A success! StoryBuilders came to my rescue one Monday morning as I prepared to teach creative writing to 3rd through 6th grade students at our home school co-op. Some of the results were hilarious! It has become one of the class’s favorite activities. I highly recommend it for your homeschool or classroom setting. You’re almost certain to be surprised by the results!
Stacy, Illinois

A simple idea, but it works—fun and versatile! …A big “thumbs up!” 
April, Kansas

Thank you … My daughter, who is 11, is dyslexic and she tends to write as little as she can get away with… I printed out the story cards today and let her loose and she has written three short stories so far – and it’s only 8:20 a.m.!
Eddie, homeschooling parent

“Do we have to?” What parent hasn’t heard those words when giving a writing assignment? WriteShop StoryBuilders discourage whining and complaining.  Instead, … cards add spice to writing exercises.
Kimberly Kovach, Homeschool All Around

I absolutely love them!
Jenny, Titanium Woman