Creepy-crawly writing prompts for kids

Whether your children love or hate crawling things, they're bound to enjoy these writing prompts about bugs, insects, and other things that fly or crawl.

Whether your children love or hate buzzing, scurrying, or wiggling things, they’re bound to enjoy one of these writing prompts about bugs, insects, and other creatures that fly or crawl. 

1. On Location

If someone asked you to photograph spiders, insects, and bugs, where would you take your camera? Use your five senses to describe this location and the tiny creatures you see through your lens.

2. Small World

Imagine that your family has planned a picnic in the park. Describe this picnic from an insect’s point of view.

3. Crispy Critters

Some people claim that humans should eat more insects. After all, the little creatures are a good source of protein and vitamins. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?

4. Spin a Story

Write a short story about a creepy-crawly critter! Choose the elements of your story from the lists below, picking one character, one character trait, one plot, and one setting.

  • Character: ladybug, spider, centipede, ant, worm
  • Character trait: talkative, cowardly, artistic, grumpy, bossy
  • Plot: meets a lost______, gets caught in______, tries to find______, decides to______, becomes a______
  • Setting: dusty attic, kitchen cupboard, garden, cardboard box, hollow log

Example: An artistic spider decides to weave blankets from her silk in a dusty attic.

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Did your kids enjoy these writing prompts about bugs? If so, check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, courtesy of Creative Commons 2.0

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