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While December is packed with many different holidays, many with religious origins, the prompts below are for celebrating the less traditional, or even odd, events. Here is a list of writing prompts, one for celebrating each day in December.

You can use these as daily warm-ups , journal entries , or for other writing or speaking and listening assignments.

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Are you a parent or teacher? Here are 300 fun and creative writing prompts for kids to spark the imagination of young writers everywhere. Use these kids writing ideas as journaling prompts, story starters or just for fun!

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It’s never too early to start writing, and so we’ve created this fun list of 300 creative kids writing prompts for teacher and parents to use.

You’ll love these fun ideas for kids writing prompts to use as creative sparks to get young imaginations writing in no time!

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These are perfect to use as kids journal writing prompts, as short story writing prompts, or just for exercises to help students and children of all ages tap into their creativity. Maybe your kids will write an essay, maybe a poem, or maybe even a whole book!

Whether you are a teacher or parent looking to inspire your kids to write, or maybe even an adult who would like to practice writing with a more playful and young-hearted approach, I hope you find these creative writing prompts inspiring!

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The Ultimate List of 300 Fun & Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

#1. Imagine a giant box is delivered to your front doorstep with your name on it. What’s inside and what happens when you open it?

#2. Write a short story about what it might be like if you woke up one morning with a mermaid tail.

#3. Which is better, winter or summer? Write about the reasons why you think winter or summer is better.

#4. Write about what would it be like if you had an alligator as a pet.

#5. If you had $1,000, what would you buy and why?

#6. Write a story using these 5 words: apple, train, elephant, paper, banjo

#7. What do you want be when you grow up and why?

#8. Who is your favorite person on the planet? What do you like most about that person?

#9. If you could have any secret super power, what would you want it to be and why?

#10. Write about 3 places you would like to travel someday. What do these three places have in common?

#11. Write about a time you felt really happy. What happened? What made you feel happy?

#12. Imagine what would happen if someone shrunk you down to be only 1″ tall. How would your life change?

#13. If you were in charge of the whole world, what would you do to make the world a happier place?

#14. Write a story about what it would be like to climb to the very top of the highest mountain in the world.

#15. If you were in charge of planning the school lunch menu, what foods would you serve each day?

#16. What are some of your favorite animals? What do you like about them?

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#17. Imagine that dogs take over the world. What do they make the humans do?

#18. Write a story about flying to outer space and discovering a new planet.

#19. You are a mad scientist and have invented a new vegetable. What is it called? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Most importantly: Is it safe to eat?

#20. You go to school one morning to discover your best friend has been turned into a frog by an evil witch! How do you help your friend?

#21. Describe what it is like when trees lose all of their leaves in the autumn season.

#22. Write about your favorite sport and why you like it so much.

#23. Imagine what it might be like to live on a boat all the time and write about it.

#24. If you had one wish, what would it be?

#25. Write about what you might do if you have the super power to become invisible.

#26. You are walking through the forest when one of the trees starts talking to you. What does it say? What do you do?

#27. The weather forecast is calling for a blizzard in the middle of the summer. What do you do?

#28. What types of transportation will people have in the future?

#29. What were some of your favorite toys when you very little? Do you still enjoy playing with them?

#30. What would a day in your life be like if you were a movie star?

#31. Imagine you’ve invented a time machine! What year do you travel to?

#32. What are your favorite things to do over summer vacation?

#33. What is your favorite holiday and why?

#34. If you could meet any fictional character from a book, who would it be?

#35. You are writing a travel guide for kids visiting your city. What places do you think they should visit?

#36. What is a food you hate? Write about it!

#37. Imagine what it would be like if there was no electricity. What would be different in your daily routine?

#38. You are building a new city! What types of things do you think your city needs? How will you convince people to move to your new city?

#39. What is your favorite movie? Write your review of the movie and why you think people should watch it.

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#40. Imagine you get a magic sweater for your birthday. What happens when you wear the sweater? What do you do with these new found magical powers?

#41. You are the security guard at the zoo and someone has stolen a rhinoceros! How do you track down the thief?

#42. You have been invited to have lunch with the queen. What foods do you eat and what topics do you and the queen discuss?

#43. If you could design a school uniform, what types of clothes would you suggest? What colors would they be?

#44. Imagine you are a reporter interviewing a celebrity about their life. What questions do you ask?

#45. You are running a lemonade stand. Describe the steps for how you make lemonade and the types of customers you see during the day.

#46. Write a story about being the ruler of an underwater world.

#47. Write an acrostic poem for the word “treehouse”.

#48. You decide to grow a sunflower, but the sunflower grows so tall it reaches up to the sky! Write about what happens when you decide to climb to the top. What do you discover?

#49. Imagine you look out the window and it is raining popsicles from the sky! Write a story about the experience.

#50. If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?

#51. If you were on a spaceship, what would you be most excited about seeing?

#52. Do you have any pets at home? Write an essay about how you take care of your pets. If you do not have a pet, what type of pet might you like?

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#53. Imagine you are opening a store that only sells items which are blue. What types of items do you sell?

#54. Have you ever lost something that is important to you? Were you able to find it?

#55. Write a story about a kid who is moving to a new school. How do you think they might feel?

#56. Rewrite the ending of your favorite fairy tale. For example, what would have happened if Cinderella never went to the ball?

#57. Have you ever forgotten to do your homework? What happened?

#58. Do you have a favorite song? Write about the type of music you like to listen to.

#59. Imagine your parents wake you up one morning to tell you they will take you to do anything you want to do for the whole day – you don’t even have to go to school or do your chores. What would you choose to do and why?

#60. Do you like amusement parks? What are some of your favorite rides?

#61. Write a story using these three words: detective, piano, and pizza.

#62. Have you ever been to the beach? Write about your favorite things to do. If you have never been to the beach, what would you like to do the first time you visit?

#63. Is there a favorite tv show you like to watch? Write about your favorite character and why they are your favorite.

#64. Write a poem using onomatopoeia , where the words you use are pronounced similar to the sound they make. For example, buzz, bark, sizzle, slam and pop.

#65. Have you ever had to stand in line to wait a long time for something? What did you do while you waited? How did you feel while waiting? How did you feel once the wait was over?

#66. Is it a good idea to keep ALL secrets a secret? Write about examples of when it is okay to spill a secret – and when it isn’t.

#67. Is there something you are good at doing? Write about your best strengths.

#68. What historical time period and location would you go back to live in if you could? Write about it!

#69. Write about 5 things you can do that are important for you to stay healthy and safe.

#70. Do you think thunderstorms are scary? Why or why not?

#71. What would you most like to learn over the next year? Think about things that interest you or questions you might have about the world and make a list!

#72. You are going on a trip to a jungle safari! What items do you pack in your suitcase?

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#73. Imagine you are sitting at home one day and you hear someone shrieking in the living room they see a mouse in the house! Write a story about what might happen next.

#74. You are writing a letter to someone who is having a hard time making new friends at school. What do you write? What advice do you give them?

#75. Imagine you just met a magician – but their beloved rabbit who they pull out of a hat for all the tricks has been kidnapped! How do you help find the rabbit?

#76. Do you hear what I hear? Set a timer for 5 minutes and write about all of the sounds you hear in those 5 minutes.

#77. Imagine you go to get a haircut and they accidentally shave your head! How do you feel about that and what would you do?

#78. Do you find it easy to talk to people you don’t know? What are some ways you can start up a conversation with someone you have never met before?

#79. Are there any chores you have to do at home? What are they? What do you like – and not like – about each one?

#80. Open up a random book to any page. Write for 5 minutes about the first word you read.

#81. Pretend you are a writer for your city’s newspaper. Who would you like to interview for a news story and why?

#82. There are many fictional characters who live in unusual houses, such as the old woman who lived in a shoe. What kind of unusual house would you like to live in? Write about what it would be like to live in an unusual house!

#83. Write a list of 10 things you can do to practice kindness to others.

#84. Is there a homework subject you dread? Why do you not like getting homework in that subject?

#85. What is your favorite month of the year? Write about why you like it and some of your favorite things to do during that month.

#86. Imagine you are planning a surprise birthday party for someone. How do you keep it a surprise?

#87. Pretend you walked outside to find a sleeping dragon in the grass! Why is the dragon there? Is it a friendly dragon? What do you do? Write about it!

#88. What are you grateful for today and why?

#89. You were on your way to a very important event when you fell into a puddle. Now what?

#90. Have you ever watched a movie and didn’t like how it ended? Write what you think should happen instead.

#91. Can you answer this riddle from Alice in Wonderland ? How is a raven like a writing desk?

#92. Imagine you are the captain of a pirate ship. Write a diary entry for what your day was like.

#93. If you could start any type of business, what kind of business would you start? What types of products or services would you provide?

#94. Write a sequel to one of your favorite fairy tales. For example, what was Goldilocks’s next adventure after she left the bears?

#95. What is something you are afraid of? What helps you to feel less afraid of something? What would you say to a friend who feels scared to help them feel less afraid?

#96. Write a letter to your future self in 20 years.

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#97. In addition to basic survival needs such as food, water, air and shelter, what are 3 things you would you need to be happy?

#98. If you could invent a robot of any type who could do anything you imagine, what types of things would you would have the robot to do?

#99. Which do like better? Apples or Oranges? How are they alike? How are they different?

#100. Why did the chicken cross the road? You are a detective and are assigned to the case. How do solve the mystery?

#101. Write instructions for how to make your favorite snack. Be sure you add your favorite tips and suggestions for how to select the best ingredients!

#102. Imagine you borrowed a friend’s favorite lucky pencil to help you pass a math test – but then it snapped in half! How will you ever tell the news to your friend?

#103. Look around the current room you are sitting in and choose 3 random objects that are nearby. Now write a story or poem that includes those three items!

#104. Write a letter to the author of a book you recently read and tell them what you liked most about the book.

#105. Ernest Hemingway is famous for writing a six word story. Can you write a story in just 6 words?

#106. What do you think will be the future for cell phones? Will people still use them in 25 years or will something else take its place?

#107. Do you want to go to college? Why or why not?

#108. Write a story or poem about a kitten who wanders off and gets lost. How does the kitten find its way home?

#109. Currently, it is required by law that kids go to school. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?

#110. If you could invent a new board game, what would it be called? How is it played? What are the rules? What makes it fun to play? Write about it!

#111. Imagine you come home to discover your entire bedroom is covered in ketchup! What on earth happened? What is your reaction? How do you clean everything up?

#112. What is something you learned today?

#113. Would you rather have a goldfish or shark as a pet?

#114. From A-Z: make a list of something for every letter of the alphabet.

#115. Have you ever gone fishing? If you have, did you like it? Why or why not? If you haven’t, do you think you might want to?

#116. What is one of the most important things you do each and every day?

#117. Write a story about Gretchen the Grouch, a girl who is always angry! Will she ever be happy? Why is she so grumpy all of the time?

#118. How do you feel when someone takes something of yours without asking? What is a good way to deal with it when that happens?

#119. Write a poem that starts with the word “if”.

#120. Write a story about a family of rabbits who live in the woods. What are some of the challenges they face?

#121. What clothes do you think are the most comfortable? What kind of clothes do you like to wear the most? What clothes do you NOT like to wear?

#122. Imagine there are no grocery stores and you must get your own food. What are some of the ways you find food? What types of things do you eat?

#123. What are 3 things you can do that are good for the environment?

#124. If you could meet any famous person today, who would you want to meet and why? What questions might you ask them?

#125. A tongue twister is a quick poem where many of the words start with the same letter and are similar in sound. For example, “Peter picked a peck of pickled peppers.” Try writing your own with this fun kids writing prompt!

#126. What is the first thing you think of when you hear or see the word green?

#127. A hero is someone who is admired for their courage and achievements. What do you think makes someone a hero? Who are some of your heroes?

#128. What did you do during summer vacation last year? What do you want to do for summer vacation this year?

#129. Write a story about a super hero dog who saves the day! Who does the dog help and why?

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#130. Would you rather live somewhere that is always cold, or somewhere that is always hot? Write about which one you would rather choose.

#131. Have you ever volunteered to help a charity? If so, write about the experience! If not, what are some charities you think you might like to volunteer for?

#132. What does the word courage mean to you?

#133. What makes you unique? What are some things about you that make you an individual?

#134. Have you ever been to a museum? What is your favorite thing to look at on display?

#135. What can you do to set a good example for others to be kind?

#136. A Tall Tale is a story that exaggerates something that actually happened. Write a tall tale about something that recently happened to you.

#137. What is one of your favorite toys that you think you might still want to have and play with when you are 22 years old?

#138. Oh no! Everyone around you is sick with a nasty cold! Write a silly poem about how you try to avoid catching their germs!

#139. Personification is when a non-living object takes on human characteristics. Write a story where you personify a common electronic gadget in your house, such as the Television or toaster.

#140. Write a poem using similes, which is when you say an object is like something else. Here is an example of a simile: “Her eyes were as blue as the sky.”

#141. Have you ever read a book written by Dr. Suess? Write your own “Suess-style” story, complete with rhymes and made up words.

#142. Do you have any siblings? Think about what it might mean to be a good brother or sister and write about it!

#143. Make a list of questions to interview your parents or grandparents about what it was like when they were growing up as a kid. Then, ask them the questions and write about their answers!

#144. You are in charge of writing a new radio show just for kids! What topics will you talk about? What music do you play?

#145. What do you usually eat for breakfast every day? What, in your opinion, is the greatest breakfast food ever created? What makes it so great?

#146. Write a 12 line poem where every line is about a different month of the year.

#147. What is something you look forward to doing the most when you are an adult?

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#148. Do you like to try new things? What is something new you have tried recently or would like to try?

#149. Imagine what it might be like to be alive in Egypt when the pyramids were built. Write about what it was like.

#150. A credo is a statement of personal beliefs. Try writing your own credo for things that you believe in and feel are important.

#151. The circus has come to town but they have no place to perform! How do you help the ringmaster find a place to put on a show?

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#152. Do you like to act? What are some of your favorite actors or actresses? What do you think makes someone a good actor or actress?

#153. “Practice makes perfect” is a popular saying. What is something you like to practice so you can become better at it? A sport? A musical instrument? A special skill? Do you like to practice?

#154. Write about what it might be like to be water drops freezing and turning into ice.

#155. Do you think it is important to keep your room clean? What do you like about having a clean room?

#156. Imagine your parents are sending you away for a two week summer camp trip. Would you be excited? Why or why not?

#157. What are you currently learning about in history class? Write a fictional story about someone from the past you are learning about.

#158. Many wars have been fought in the past. Instead of going to war, what do you think countries could do to resolve their differences peacefully?

#159. Every year over 8 billion plastic bottles and cans are thrown away. What are some things you can do to help encourage your family and friends to recycle?

#160. Imagine if you were the principal of the school. What might you do differently? What things would you do that are the same? Write about it!

#161. Pretend that one day you are at your neighbor’s house and you notice a strange noise coming from the basement. You go downstairs to investigate to see a large machine running with many lights and buttons. Why is it there?

#162. Write an essay that starts with the line, “Tomorrow, I hope…”

#163. If you could give one thing to every child in the world, what would you want to give them?

#164. Do you have a piggy bank at home? How do you earn money to add to your savings?

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#165. What qualities make a house a home? What are 3 things you think every house should have?

#166. Would you rather go scuba diving or rock climbing? Write about which one you think you would like to do more and why.

#167. Do you think it is a good idea for kids to write a daily journal? What are some of the benefits of writing every day?

#168. Do you like watching fireworks or are they too noisy? Write about a time when you saw fireworks in the sky.

#169. Oh no! Your friend has turned into a statue! How did this happen? What do you do? Does your friend ever turn back into a person again?

#170. If you could be any movie character, who would you be and why?

#171. A mysterious message appears in code on your computer screen. What could it mean?

#172. If you could go to work with one of your parents for a day, what do you think the day would be like? What types of things do your parents do at work all day long?

#173. Imagine you are the President and you are creating a new national holiday. What is your holiday about? How is it celebrated? What day of the year do you celebrate? Write about it!

#174. You won a never-ending lifetime supply of spaghetti noodles! What will you do with all of these noodles?

#175. Would you rather be a bunny rabbit or a hawk? Why did you choose the one you chose?

#176. Your teacher has been acting mysterious lately. After school one day, you notice a weird green light shining through underneath the door of your classroom. What do you do? What is happening with your teacher?

#177. Write an article about tips for how kids can be more organized and study well for tests.

#178. Look at any product in your house and read the ingredients labels. Research what each ingredient is. Do you think these ingredients are good or bad for people?

#179. If you were a doctor, what do you think would be the most important part of your job every day?

#180. The school librarian needs your help! A truck just arrived with 2,000 books and she can’t fit all the books onto the shelves! What do you do? How do you find a place to put all these books?

#181. Do you think it would be fun to plant a garden? What types of plants would you want to grow? Write about your garden ideas.

#182. What is a sport or activity you would like to try playing for the first time?

#183. Do you think kids should be allowed to do the same things as adults? What things do you think kids should be able to do that only grown-ups can?

#184. Imagine you and your parents switch places for a day. Your parents are the kids and you are now in charge! What would you do?

#185. Write a get-well letter to someone who has been sick. What can you say to make them feel better?

#186. If you could visit any planet in the solar system, which planet would you like to visit the most and why? Write about what it might be like.

#187. Have you ever been to a farm? What did you like about it? If you haven’t been to a farm, do you think you might like to visit one? Why or why not?

#188. The mayor of the city has a big problem and needs your help! What is the problem and how will you solve it?

#189. Pretend your little sister ate carrots for dinner and the next morning woke up with rabbit ears!  How did this happen? What do you do? Will she be a rabbit forever?

#190. Imagine you wake up in the morning to find out you get to relive any day of your life again for the whole day. What day would you want to experience again and why?

#191. Do you think you might like to be a firefighter? Why or why not?

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#192. You are a lawyer and your client has been accused of stealing a car. How do you convince the jury your client is innocent?

#193. Think of the four elements: fire, air, earth, and water. Which of these four elements do you like the best?

#194. What would you do if you could be invisible for a whole day? Do you think you would enjoy it or be glad to be back to normal the next day? Write about it!

#195. Imagine you are a meteorologist and people are starting to get angry that your weather predictions are always wrong. What do you do?

#196. If you could create any law, what would it be? Why do you think the law is an important one to have?

#197. You are going incognito and need to hide to your identity so you aren’t recognized or discovered while you walk through the city. What type of disguise do you wear?

#198. Write a persuasive letter to your parents explaining why you should get a new pet. Make sure you provide a convincing argument they won’t be able to refuse!

#199. Your friend wants to do something dangerous. What should you do?

#200. How do you think the world would be different if there were no oceans?

#201. What do you do when someone disagrees with your opinions? Is there a better way to handle conflicting opinions?

#202. What do you think you as a kid could do to help encourage more people to read?

#203. Do you have a good luck charm? What makes this item lucky? When do you use it? How do you use it?

#204. What is at the end of a rainbow? Imagine you follow a rainbow to the end. What do you discover? Is it a pot of gold, or something else?

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#205. What do you think the consequences should be for someone who is caught cheating on a test at school?

#206. Imagine you are riding your bike one day when you encounter an older kid who wants to steal your bike. What do you do?

#207. You are the lead singer and star of a famous rock and roll band, but there is one problem – your drummer is jealous of your fame! How do you solve this situation?

#208. If you could help a group of kids in any part of the world, what kids would you want to help the most and why? What are some things you think would help these kids?

#209. Everyone knows the house on the end of the street is haunted. What are some of the strange things that happen there? Why is the house haunted?

#210. You notice at school one day there is a door to a secret passage next to the janitor’s closet and decide to explore. Where does it lead? Why is it there? Do you go alone or bring a friend along?

#211. A bucket list is a list of things you want to accomplish in your lifetime. What are 5 things on your bucket list?

#212. Imagine the perfect treehouse or clubhouse for you and all of your friends as a place to hang out. Describe what it is like inside.

#213. Do you get bored easily? Make a list of things you can do whenever you feel like you are bored and there is nothing fun to do!

#214. Now vs. Then: Think about how today is different from one year ago. How have you changed? What things in your life are different?

#215. Write your autobiography about your life.

#216. It’s a heat wave! What do you do when the weather is hot? What are some of your favorite ways to stay cool?

#217. What are three important safety tips every kid should know to stay safe?

#218. What genre of books do you like to read the most? Write about the characteristics of the genre and list some of your favorite books as examples.

#219. Holiday Traditions: How does your family celebrate the different holidays and events? What are some traditions you do each and every year?

#220. Imagine one day in science class a science experiment goes terribly wrong and now you and all of your classmates have superpowers! What are your superpowers and what do you do with them?

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#221. Who is favorite teacher? Why are they your favorite?

#222. You are baking a cake, but you accidentally put salt in the cake instead of sugar. Nobody will eat it! How do you feel? What will you do next time?

#223. Do you think it is important to have good table manners? What do you think some good manners to practice might be?

#224. Many schools no longer teach cursive handwriting. Do you think this is a good or bad thing? Do you know how to write cursive handwriting? Would you like to learn if you haven’t?

#225. If you were the owner of a theme park, what types of rides and attractions would have? Describe what they would be like and why people would want to visit your park.

#226. Your parents give you $100 to spend at the grocery store. What do you buy and why?

#227. Some people who are alive today grew up without computers or video games. What would you do if you didn’t have a computer or video games? How would life be different?

#228. You walk into your living room and discover there is a giant elephant standing there. How did the elephant get there? What do you do about it? How do you explain the elephant in the living room to your parents?

#229. Have you ever had a weird dream? What happened in the dream? What do you think it means?

#230. Do you like to draw or paint? Write a story inspired by a painting, doodle, or sketch.

#231. You are being sent on a mission to outer space to live in a space station for 5 years. What supplies do you pack and why?

#232. What is the scariest creature alive on earth? Describe in detail what makes it so horrifying.

#233. What do you think your pet might say if they could talk to you?

#234. Imagine your school is putting on a talent show. What act will you perform? What other acts will be in the show?

#235. If you could breathe under water, what would you do?

#236. What time of day do you think school should start? Write a convincing argument on why or why not the time of day school starts should change.

#237. If you were to start your own YouTube video channel, what would the videos on your channel be about?

#238. Do you like to cook? What are some things you like to make and eat?

#239. Your school is having a field day and you are in charge of planning the activities and games. What types of activities and games would you plan for the event?

#240. If you had a remote control drone that takes video of everything it sees from the sky and you could take it anywhere, what would you film? For example, the inside of a volcano or soar it over the plains of Africa.

#241. The Bermuda Triangle is an area of the ocean where many ships and planes have gone missing. Why do you think this could be? Write a story about what it might be like to travel there.

#242. There are 7 great wonders of the world – which one do you think is the most wonderful?

#243. If you could speak any foreign language fluently, which one would you like to speak and why?

#244. You are inventing a new flavor of ice cream! What is the new flavor called and what ingredients do you need to make it?

#245. Would you rather go to a baseball game or read a good book? What reasons do you have for your choice?

#246. You walk outside to get your mail and your mailbox starts talking to you! What does your mailbox have to say?

#247. Imagine you are a famous person. What are you most famous for? What is it like to be famous?

#248. What do you think would be the most fun job in the world to have? Give examples of why you think it would be a fun job to have.

#249. Write a poem about an object that is shiny and dazzling.

#250. Do you like to watch the Olympics? Why or why not? If yes, what is your favorite Olympic sport?

#251. What kind of car do you want to drive when you are older? Do you think learning to drive will be easy or hard?

#252. What do you think would make for a great gift to give someone on their birthday?

#253. Describe a time when you needed help and someone helped you. What did they help you with and how did it make you feel?

#254. If you could be any type of fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?

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#255. Do you think it is more important to have a good imagination or have all the facts proven?

#256. Do you have a favorite aunt, uncle, or another relative? Write a story about their life and why you like to be with them.

#257. Think of a time you laughed really, really hard. What was so funny? Why were you laughing? Write about it!

#258. Write a poem about an emotion. For example: happy, sad, angry, embarrassed, guilty.

#259. Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep? What are some things that help you feel sleepy?

#260. If you could drive a car, where would you drive and why?

#261. Imagine you are trading places with your friend for a day. What will it be like to be at their house? What will your friend think while they are at your house? Write about it!

#262. If you could break a world record, what would it be? What do you think would be necessary to be able to break the world record?

#263. Imagine you live in Colonial times. What would it be like to grow up as a kid in Colonial America?

#264. You are building a new city. What is the name of your city? What is the weather like? What buildings will you build?

#265. What do you think it would be like to work as a sailor on big ship in the ocean each day?

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#266. Imagine you are the teacher for the day. What types of activities do you make the students in the class do?

#267. How would you feel if your parents told you that you would be getting a new baby brother or sister? Write about it!

#268. Do you know any good jokes? What are some of your favorite jokes? What makes them funny? Do you think you could write your own?

#269. Imagine you are floating down a river on a raft. What types of things can you see from the river that you normally wouldn’t see from the land?

#270. You want to start a new hobby collecting something. What kinds of things would you collect and why?

#271. Your mom announces she is having a yard sale. Would you let her sell any of your things? Why or why not?

#272. Imagine you walk out your front door one morning and it is raining popcorn! What do you do?

#273.  You are camping in the woods one night and hear a scary noise. What do you do? What might be the cause?

#274. What do you think might make kids really happy to go to school? What are some things you think schools should do so that it could be more fun?

#275. Today’s lunch at the cafeteria was unusually horrible. You are a detective on the case to investigate. What do you think is the cause?

#276. If you had a tree that grows money, what would you do?

#277. What would you do if you had a unicorn as a pet?

#278. Would you rather go to the zoo or go to the aviary? Which one would you pick and why?

#279. What are some safety tips you should follow when riding a bike?

#280. You are designing the cover of a magazine. What are some of the headlines on the cover?

#281. Are you afraid of the dark? Why or why not?

#282. If you could learn to play any type of musical instrument, which one would you like to learn how to play and why?

#283. Imagine you are playing a sport that involves a ball, such as soccer, baseball or kickball. What would it be like if the ball could talk?

#284. You come home to discover a friendly alien has been living in your closet. What do you do? Why is there an alien in your closet?

#285. Is there something you are afraid of that you wish you weren’t afraid of? Write about it.

#286. Write about the best party you’ve ever been to. What made the day fun and special?

#287. What makes you feel loved and cared about? What are some ways people can show you that they love and care about you?

#288. There is a kite flying competition coming up and you are going to design your own kite. What will your kite look like? What colors will it be? Will it have any certain shape?

#289. You are given the challenge to drop an egg on the floor – without it breaking! What are some things you might try to make sure the egg won’t break?

#290. What are some of the things you can do every day to stay healthy?

#291. Do you think grown-ups are boring? Why do you think they are so boring all of the time? What is something fun that boring grown-ups could do instead of being so boring?

#292. Write a lyrical poem or song about what kids do while they are at school all day long.

#293. What are the first things you like to do when you are done with school each day? What are some of the activities you like when you are not at school?

#294. Imagine dinosaurs were still alive today. How do you think our lives would be different?

#295. Would you rather visit a volcano or a desert? Which one would you choose and why?

#296. Is there a sound you think is annoying? What types of sounds drive you crazy? Write about them!

#297. What do you think it would be like to be the size of an ant for a day? What types of things would you do?

Writing Prompt: What would it be like if your teddy bear came to life?

#298. Imagine one of your stuffed animals comes to life and starts talking to you. What types of things will you talk about? What will you do?

#299. What makes you feel happiest? Write about the things in life that make you feel happy!

#300. Imagine there is no gravity. What kind of things would you do you for fun? How would some of the things you already do for fun be different?

Buy the Printable Cards!  We will always have this list of 300 kids writing prompts available for free, but I’m very excited to now also offer an  ad-free printable version of these prompts  in my online Etsy shop. Thank you for your support!

Parents and teachers, I hope you enjoyed these 300 writing prompts for kids and that you will use them to inspire your children’s creative imaginations.

These prompts of course can be used in a number of different ways and can be adapted for a variety of different styles of writing !

What do you think? Do you think these are good conversation and story starters for kids? Do you have any ideas for writing prompts you would like to share?

And of course, if you’d like to make it super fun and easy to use these prompts at home or in your classroom, be sure to get our ad-free printable version of these kids writing prompt cards now available in my Etsy shop.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on different creative writing ideas and topics for kids to write about! Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Chelle Stein wrote her first embarrassingly bad novel at the age of 14 and hasn't stopped writing since. As the founder of ThinkWritten, she enjoys encouraging writers and creatives of all types.

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These are awesome! I feel like answering the questions myself! Thanks a million!

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

Lovely and amazing help

I wrote all 300! but my fingers hurt badly now. :l But i got to admit these are exellent questions!

Hi. Thanks for this list. So many great ideas. I will definitely use some of them for my Language Arts class.

hi people THIS WAS SO LONG but so worth it for my class thx mate

This was great for homework

Thank you for the topics. It was really helpful

Your writing prompts are awesome

These are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely be using it with my kids.

Thank you! I hope they enjoy the writing prompts!

I love these, they are awesome and very helpful too. Thank you very much.

these questions hooked me on easily thanks your the best!

They are all good prompts

This is always good and improves the brain.

These are very useful and very enjoyable topics, i enjoy by giving these to my students , their creations are marvelous

It’s was very long but worth it

This is good. I love it. It helps me in my studies. I share it with my friends children that likes the writing. We love it. Please, think of another writing.

Thanks! Worth printing and providing for my middle school students as a first week of the year activity. Must have taken you ages to come up with all 300 of these!

I’m glad to hear you can use them for your students! It did take some time, but it’s well worth it knowing it might inspire kids to write! 🙂

You need a printable version of this!!

Hi Katelyn, we have one! Hope you enjoy!

The link doesn’t seem to be working for me… Could you send me a copy of the list, please?

Hi Tori, the printable version of this post is available as an ad-free paid upgrade – you can purchase it through my Gumroad store:

I quite liked your ideas, I’ll try a few, surely!

How long did it take for you guys to make 300 ideas?

Definitely took some time Vilenti, but it was definitely worth writing all of them! Our prompts reach over a million people a year and are used in literacy, poverty, and mental health programs worldwide. 🙂

These were awesome, thanks a TON

i have school work and this is one thing i do.

i do this for school work to

i do this for school work

Hello Chelle, thanks a lot for this. During these tough Covid times, I find your list to be a great idea to engage kids. Have got them started on some today. Hopefully this will be a long term engagement for them.

The prompts are grrrreat

This was really helpful i have looked for a lot of these, that have a lot of topics and only found one other good one and finished it all, i got to 17 and was like are they all this good! And they all are so thanks!

Glad you enjoyed them!

These are awesome

These are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

I loved looking at these prompts!! They were very helpful. I am loving writing and supporting my claims with these prompts. You should post more ideas!! Thanks for sharing the prompts.

Do you have any more?

This really was think written

I’d like to use a few of your questions in a journal for adults that I am creating for sale. I will absolutely credit you at the beginning of the book. Is that okay with you or not? I don’t want to infringe on any copyright laws. I think I used about ten of them.

Hi Kristen, you cannot use these prompts for products for sale, that would definitely be an infringement on copyright. These prompts can only be used for non-commercial use.

this is the greatest app ever

I like all the questions

thank you for all the ideas they are so good

OMG These are all very good and many questions i like all these Thankyou soooooooooooo much for these

I’m in class doing this and it is so fun yes every body is doing this

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225 Fun & Free Creative Writing Prompts for Kids in All Grade Levels

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Middle school writing prompts

High school writing prompts.

Writing prompts are meant to unlock creativity. They’re story starters designed to inspire creative thinking. They can take you to places you’ve been or recall an important time in your life. 

But mostly, they’re useful tools for teachers to inspire writing growth in students from grade school to high school.

“Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…”

It’s amazing how one simple sentence can send you on a journey to places you’ve never been, filled with untold possibilities. 

Reading is great, but you know what’s even better? Giving your students the power to write stories for themselves. 

Writing prompts for kids help students:

Writing is like a muscle — it takes practice to build up skills. Luckily, we put together a list of over 200 writing prompts to help your students get started. We’ve also organized them by middle school, high school and elementary school to help teachers decide whether these prompts are age-appropriate for their students.

Grade school writing prompts

Grade schoolers can definitely begin to address complex ideas when it comes to story writing — but you should seek to keep the prompts simple and straightforward. 

Reluctant writers might be intimidated by complicated writing ideas — and this is an age where we should be encouraging creativity.

Creative writing prompts for elementary schoolers

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Whether it’s exploring the furthest reaches of outer space, traveling across the Sahara desert or sticking a little closer to home, these creative writing prompts will have students imagining endless possibilities for their writing.

Fun writing prompts for grade schoolers

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Everyday life is full of great inspiration for writing! Get students thinking with these easy and fun writing prompts.Write about something you are good at. 

Persuasive writing prompts for elementary school

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Are your students’ opinions up for debate? Ask them to flex their critical thinking skills with these persuasive writing prompts. Once they’re done, get class discussion flowing with a spirited debate!

As students enter middle school, they’re starting to feel like bigger, older kids. They can start writing original short stories and abstract persuasive essays. 

It’s best to inspire creativity at this age and encourage them to explore their own voice and different writing styles. These prompts will definitely go a long way in inspiring that.

Creative Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers

Fun Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers

Persuasive Writing Prompts for Middle School

High school students can either be tasked with more complex writing prompts or breathe nuance into simple story ideas. Students can drive these prompts in a million different ways.

So while not necessarily more complicated than middle school, these prompts can be tweaked, either by the student or teacher, to encourage thought-provoking output.

Creative Writing Prompts for High Schoolers

Fun writing prompts for high schoolers

Persuasive writing prompts for high school

Social emotional learning journal prompts

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School is about more than just books and quizzes — it’s about preparing students for the rest of their lives. Social emotional learning teaches them how to build good relationships with peers, understand and control their emotions and make healthy life decisions.

Journaling is a great way for students to reflect on their feelings in a safe, private space. Use these journaling prompts as thought starters for more social emotional learning!

Check out our list of the 25 best social emotional learning activities for students here. 

Math writing prompts for kids

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Whether it’s tackling word problems or explaining a new concept, writing is a surprisingly good tool for the math classroom. 

A math journal can help you understand what students already know, while giving them space to work through tricky concepts on their own. Use these writing prompts to promote literacy in every subject — and help students avoid math anxiety .

Final thoughts on writing prompts for kids

Writing prompts aren’t the end of the story — they’re just the beginning. Encourage your students to build a regular writing practice, and soon you’ll see the benefits in every class. 

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52 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids to Let Their Imagination Fly

Creative writing has many benefits for kids. They learn to appreciate how stories work, they hear the wonderful way sounds can match with rhymes, and their love of reading grows as they become writers. Some children may be so inspired that they dream of being authors when they grow up! Creative writing helps children develop :

Also, it’s just plain fun!

What exactly is creative writing? It’s writing where you can just let your imagination fly. Your child can make up a story, a poem, or a song to explore their feelings or to simply tell a good story.

Here are 52 of the best creative and fiction writing prompts for children. These creative writing prompts are one way to help your child dream up something new every time they pick up a pencil. Encourage your child to write the story they would want to read.

52 of the Best Fiction Writing Prompts for Kids

Your children can use these ideas as creative inspiration as they practice writing words and sentences. PreK and early elementary-aged children who haven’t learned to write yet might enjoy drawing pictures to tell their stories, or they could tell a story out loud to their family.

Creative Writing Prompts for PreK Children

1. Young readers can use these Rusty and Rosy printable coloring pages to create their own stories by filling in the blanks.

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2. Use this sentence starter activity as a prompt for beginning writers to craft their own sentences.

3. Imagine it snowed overnight. How would you spend the next day having fun in the snow?

4. Write a poem about your family. What are some words to describe your loved ones?

5. You wake up with the ability to talk to animals. What do the birds outside your window have to say?

6. There’s a dolphin in your bathtub. How did it get there and how will you get it back home to the ocean?

7. You’re president for a day. What do you do?

8. You’re a veterinarian for a dragon who has a sore throat. How will you help them?

Creative Writing Prompts For Elementary-Aged Children

9. Suddenly you’re nocturnal and stay awake all night long. What happens late at night that’s different from daytime?

10. Write a superhero story where the villain wants to become good. How do they convince the superheroes to trust them?

11. It’s the first day of school for robots. What do you learn at robot school?

12. You get to make a new national holiday. What is it about and how do you celebrate?

13. You get $100 but you have to spend it by the end of the day. What do you do with it?

14. You are an inventor whose job is to create the best toys. What will you make?

15. Suddenly ducks don’t like you. They quack at you and chase you away at the park. How do you get them to like you again?

16. Oh, no! Suddenly ducks love you and won’t leave you alone! How do you get them to let you be?

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17. You go back in time and meet your parents when they were your age. What do you tell them?

18. You’ve just won the world championship. What did you win it in? Describe the competition.

19. You’re the world’s greatest detective. Describe your favorite unusual case. Did you solve it or is it still a mystery?

20. Write a story about a superhero who loses their powers but still has to find a way to be a hero.

21. You trade places with your parents for a day. What would you do?

22. Rewrite the ending of your favorite book. Will it be happy or sad?

23. One morning, the world doesn’t have electricity any more. What are your days like now?

24. Space aliens land and it’s your lucky job to show them around. Where will you take them?

25. The chicken finally tells you why it crossed the road. What is the secret?

26. You’re the mayor. What will you do to make your community better?

27. Tonight you cook dinner for your family. What interesting food is on the menu that will surprise them?

28. You wake up stuck in the last movie you watched. What is it, and what do you do?

29. Write about the best magic trick you can imagine.


31. Write a letter to your favorite author telling them what you like about their books! Use this free printable template .

32. There’s a light switch in your home but nobody knows what it’s for. One day, you discover the secret. What does it light up?

33. You have a pet dinosaur. What’s your dinosaur’s name? What’s your day together like?

34. You can fly like a bird. What kind of fun would you have soaring in the clouds?

35. Describe yourself with rhyming words!

36. Your family takes a big road trip that goes wrong in the funniest way possible. What happens?

37. You discover an island no one has ever seen before. Describe what it’s like.

38. Rewrite the ending of your favorite movie the way you want it to be.

39. You show up to the first day of school and discover that your new teacher is a wizard or a witch. What will they teach in class?

40. You find a mysterious treasure map. How would you start your treasure hunt?

41. You’re a paleontologist and find a new type of dinosaur. What did it look like, and what did it do back in the past?

42. Your favorite superhero needs your help! What can you do to save the day?

43. You’re the world’s youngest astronaut and get to fly to the moon. Describe your space trip.

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45. One night, you discover that garden gnomes come to life until the sun rises. What fun do they have all night long?

46. Practice writing letters with this printout . Imagine you’re living on a moon base. Write a letter to your cousin on Earth describing how things are going.

47. You get to go shopping at a magical grocery store with your family. What special treats would you buy?

48. You have a magic wand. What spells will you cast?

49. What does your shadow do when you’re not around?

50. You can have the powers of any animal in the world. What animal is it? What would your powers be?

51. Write a journal entry from the point of view of a time traveler who visits 100 years into the future. What surprises them in that different world?

52. You get to spend the night in a museum. What kind of museum? How will you have fun?

Creative writing is just one kind of writing exercise. You can also find a great list of journal prompts for kids , one for each week of the year, to help kids practice writing while learning to express their ideas and opinions.

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100 Writing Prompts for Kids: Ideas and Story Starters to Get Pens Moving Faster Than Ever

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We’ve got you covered. Here are 100 writing prompts that will get heads down and pens moving faster than ever.

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251 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

Writing Prompts for Kids and Lots of Ideas for You, PLUS Bonus Support Resources—

There’s no doubt about it, kids love adventures. Exploring, creating, and questioning are all essential aspects of childhood, and you can build upon these interests in your students through regular creative writing practice.

Kids Creative Writing Prompts and Journal Ideas

This is why, I’ve published for you some amazing lists of fun writing and journaling prompts for kids with 251 prompts in all and more just added, too . 

List #3 – 162 Creative Writing Topics

Journal to support your child’s writing practice.

In the first creative writing prompt for kids article, I originally shared with you 65 creative writing ideas. Then, in my next list of fabulous prompts, I shared 63 more creative writing prompts.

I have since combined those two articles into ONE epic blog post with 128 creative writing prompts and ideas for kids and loads of great prompts for writers of all ages.

Next, in the now updated post entitled, 162 Creative Writing Topics , I explore 61 writing topics that are fun and fabulous for every age writer, 62 of the best creative writing prompts for kids, plus a bonus list of story-starter creative writing topics for students. Sweet!

These ideas go far beyond the standards, “what’s your favorite movie” or “favorite animal” ideas found in many lists. So you will definitely want to check them out.

But for now, and without further ado… here is a list of fun writing prompts. Enjoy!

List #1 – 47 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

Have your writers shut off those video games and social media and grab their pens and pencils. It’s time to get some inspiration and start writing in their notebooks.

Below, you will find some fabulous ideas to get your kids started writing right now.

Creative Journal Topics for Students

If you want even more ideas to fuel your kids’ creativity, check this out…

251+ More FREE Creative Journal Writing Prompts for Kids for You and Your Writers

Here are those links again to a whole bunch of creative writing journal prompts for kids. There’s also a list of wonderful story-writing ideas. So get to it and use these ideas to inspire your elementary school kids, your middle school students, or your high school aged writers.

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List #2 – 128 Creative Writing Prompts

Here are 30 of the excellent Creative Writing Prompts for Kids you’ll see on the full list of 128 ideas, Yay!

Find three lists of prompts in one including:

Yes! Here’s a sample of some of the prompts you’ll see on the list #3

This pos used to be 251+ prompts and now it offers you 290 ideas in total. Yippee!

See These Excellent Writing Prompts for Kids Resources

Whether your writers are older kids or younger ones, or they like to write fiction or memoirs , we offer you thousands of free prompts to support their writing skill development.

BONUS – The Favorites Writing Prompts Lists

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A Few Final Thoughts 

Writing is a simple yet powerful way for kids to grow more aware of themselves. 


Remember that after writing on a variety of topics, students will be excited to continue exploring. This is why we can not emphasize enough that you should use the prompts in your traditional or homeschool classroom to fuel your students’ curiosity.

An added bonus…

You’ll get their creative juices flowing with this series of all awesome creative writing prompts.

Now, help your students improve their language arts grade today. For certain… you’ll feel good knowing you are helping them to become better writers. So get to it and encourage your students to use these writing prompts either in a homework assignment or just to write for fun.

The following article first appeared on our blog in January of 2012 and may be helpful to our readers today.

How You Can Help Support and Encourage Your Kids Creative Writing

We all know that there are many benefits to teaching kids to write, but maybe you are wondering how to encourage more creative writing activity from your child? Below, we offer you some wonderful creative writing ideas that answer this question for you. 

Creative Writing for Kids

Encouraging children to think imaginatively and at the same time allowing them to practice their writing skills can lead to many positive outcomes. One fabulous example of this is that improved writing skills can  help increase the level of success your child will attain throughout their lifetime.  Their are so many more wonderful benefits of writing, but for now, I’d like to get to those writing support ideas for you to use with your kids. So, without further ado…

5 Creative Writing Support Suggetions

Kids Creative Writing Idea #1 — Look for creative writing software, apps, programs, and the like.

Children nowadays are not like kids in the past. Computers and technology are a part of their everyday lives, and you will want to use this fact to your advantage.  Indeed, you’ll want to help your child learn how to use technology in a balanced way–some use for pure fun and entertainment and some for learning and growth.

In order to help your child develop his writing skills, you can let him practice on a laptop or an iPad. (Aside from allowing him to practice his writing and imaginative skills, you are also letting him improve his typing and keyboard skills.) There are some really great writing apps for kids out there! If you do not have an iPad or other tablet, check for kids writing technology resources at your public library or school library.

With the use of technology, you will want to limit a child’s exposure, however, as too much computer time may lead to eye strain and poor eyesight. Just remember to send your child outside to play from time to time!

Idea #2 — Formulate writing games for your child.

Children enjoy playing games, and writing games can be a great way to help them engage in and enjoy creative writing on a deeper level.

An example writing game for kids you could do with your child is to share writing ideas or a list of random words and then instruct him to include them in his creative writing. If he is able to string these ideas together successfully and make a story then he has won the game. Give him a compliment or reward for a job well done.

If you prefer online writing games, Scholastic has some great writing games for kids on their site. Check them out!

Idea #3 — Encourage your child to write about something she has experienced.

Personal experiences can be a great way to kick-start a kid’s creative writing process. This can also help them to express their own thoughts and feelings in a safe way, especially in cases when a child experiences difficulty doing so.

Writing creatively and in a fictional way about personal experiences is also considered therapeutic. On the other hand, in cases where the experiences lean towards a more positive concept, writing about personal experiences can be a great way to keep a memory alive.

Idea #4 — Create an online blog for your child to publish his or her work.

For more tech-savvy and outgoing children, you can create a kid’s blog page for them to publish their ideas.  A safe and simple blog for kids resource is .

Publishing a blog will help some children to gain confidence by putting their writing out there for the world to see and to comment on! The mere act of going public with one’s writing helps a child to become proud of their own work. Oh, and be sure to share the blog with relatives, teachers, and neighbors and ask them to comment and give feedback on your child’s writing.

Idea #5 — Never forget to compliment them for a job well done.

Positive reinforcement plays a big role in a child’s writing confidence. If they feel like they are doing something good and are being appreciated then they are much more likely to continue doing it. In order for your child to appreciate the work and effort they have put into producing a written creation do your best to remember to compliment them. A reward system might also be beneficial.

When your child makes mistakes, be sure to use constructive criticism so that your child does not feel discouraged. Avoid harsh criticism as it tends to severely hinder the creative process.

There are a lot of different ways you can approach a kid’s creative writing in order to make it an enjoyable process for both you and your child.

These 5 great kids creative writing ideas are sure to inspire you in one way or another and to help your child develop and refine his writing ability. Just be sure to make learning to write — creatively or otherwise — fun, enjoyable, and meaningful for your child. By doing so you’ll engage their interest and keep their attention over time.

Now, here’s even more ways to support your child’s creative writing skill development.

While journaling is certainly a good way to help kids improve their writing skills, it also allows them a new method of expression. Through journaling, students learn how to consider ideas from new angles and come up with creative, new ways of thinking.

Best of all, a student’s journal is a safe place where he or she can write freely without the fear of embarrassment or judgment. Journal keeping is a fantastic tool you can use to encourage the kids in your life to practice and refine their creative writing skills.  We think this is simply fantastic, and hope you do too!

With questions that promote expanded possibilities, students can stretch the limits of reality. Through journaling, a student also develops a deeper understanding of the unique preferences that define him or her as an individual.

Between memorizing math facts and learning about American history, it’s important for students to have regular time for creative writing practice. Writing prompts are a great way to get kids’ minds going, as a short question or idea can inspire all kinds of imaginative reflections and creative solutions. We are sure you agree!

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Here at Night Zookeeper, we love to inspire children to write using the power of their creativity, but sometimes it’s hard to show them just how fun writing can be. Writing helps children to develop communication skills, and it’s also a great way to encourage them to work on self-expression and confidence!

Whether you’re homeschooling or sitting through hours of restless schoolwork with your child, you know that it’s not hard for them to feel disheartened and unmotivated when they’re not particularly fond of the task at hand. If you can relate, we’re here to help! We often find that, even if your child hates writing , they’re usually not opposed to giving a creative writing prompt a try, just as long as it’s about something they’re interested in!

Here are 25 fantastically fun writing prompts for you to share with your child - we promise these will not only encourage your elementary school child to try writing using different styles (including story writing, journalling, writing poems, ...), but also entertain them for hours!

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365 Fun and Creative Writing Prompts For Kids – One Writing Prompt For Children For Each Day Of The Year


Creative writing prompts for kids stimulate innovative minds and imaginations. Anyone who loves to write, not just fiction authors, experiences times when they can’t write a thing. Writing prompts help children, and adults overcome writer’s block. Teachers use interesting writing prompts to stimulate students’ thoughts in various ways, for example, when writing scholastic essays, stories, and “imagine that” scenarios; it inspires imagination and critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovative ideas, and is fun.

We created a list of creative writing prompts for kids to improve different writing styles and multiple topics that will resonate with a child in elementary school to a teen in high school; we’ve also included kids writing prompts for preschool-aged children. With 365 ideas, there is a writing prompt for kids for each day of the year, enough to create writing ideas and resources teachers can use throughout the school year in class or distance learning.

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One way to get a child’s creative juices flowing is to empower them!

If you could design the school uniform, what would it look like? What colors and fabric would you use? Would the clothing pieces be the same for boys and girls or different?

If you could change the school education system, how would you change it?

If you could go to any country in the world, where would you go?

If you could change places with someone for a year, who would it be and why?

If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be?

If you could organize a field trip for the class, where would you go?

If you could travel back in time to ask someone a question, who would it be, and what is the question?

If you could talk to a wild animal, what would you talk about?

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose, and how will it live in your home?

If you could only wear one set of clothes for a whole year, what would it be and why?

If you could pick a vegetable or fruit, what would you be, and what would it be like?

If you could live in a submarine and breathe underwater, where would you explore, and what would you find?

If you could meet one of the ten most famous writers of all time, what would you ask them?

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Consider that whatever you do has consequences, and you could stay invisible forever.

If you could change something in your past that would affect someone’s future, what would it be?

If you could drive any vehicle in the world, real or imaginative, what would it be?

If you could replace something you broke or something stolen, what would it be, and who does it belong to?

If you could read minds, name one person whose mind you don’t want to read and why.

If you could read five people’s minds and whatever you see or hear appear on the news the next day, inside whose minds would you be and why?

Creative writing prompts encourage kids to write and get kids thinking.

Fun Writing Prompts For Children To Write About Family And Friendships

What do you like about your best friend?

How would you describe your best friend in a few sentences?

If you could go on an adventure with your best friend, what would it be?

How would you react if you discovered your best friend is royalty?

How would you make your enemy your best friend?

What would you do if you visited your best friend’s house and found out your friend had turned into a snail?

Would you rather have a best friend or no enemies?

How many friends would you like to have and why?

What is the nicest thing you can do for your best friend?

How would your best friend describe you?

What kind of birthday party would you plan for a friend who has never had a birthday party?

List three things you never want your best friend to say. What will happen if they do say it?

Creative writing prompts about family are familiar topics kids can associate with. Whether they like or dislike the current situation or family members, there is always something to write about your family.

You woke up in the morning as a parent, and your parents are the children. Describe your day.

If money, time, or obligations weren’t a factor, describe the perfect family summer vacation.

Parents should be more lenient with rules. Do you agree or not?

Would you rather be your parents’ only child or have nine siblings?

What advice would you give parents on rewarding and chastising their kids?

Should one or both parents help with your homework? If so, how much and what kind of help should they offer?

Do you want your parents to ask you, “How was school today? Or do you prefer them not to? Explain why.

Would you rather eat dinner with your family at the table or in your room watching TV? Explain the benefits of both options and conclude why you prefer one to the other.

Your mom left her journal on the kitchen table. Would you read it or not? Explain why.

If you were a parent, what would you never allow your child to do?

If you had kids, how would you discipline them?

If you were the ruler of the world of parents and teachers, what would you insist they do at the beginning of every day?

What are two things your parents do or say that you hope you will do or say to your children one day?

If your family were superheroes, what special skills would each member have?

What is the most embarrassing moment in your life concerning your parents or sibling?

What is your earliest childhood memory that made you laugh or cry?

If each member in the family was a food, what would they be and why?

What is the best gift your parents gave you? A gift can be anything you treasure; it doesn’t have to be a tangible gift.

If you could organize a camping trip for the family, where would you go and what would you do?

Would you rather text siblings and parents or talk to them face to face?

What would happen if you took a parent to the class, and the parent behaved at school the way you do at home?

Name two books you would recommend parents to read and give your reasons.

Your family is going away for an exciting weekend. Each person can take only one item, and you must decide what they take.

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Writing Prompts For Children’s Self-Discovery And Expressing Emotions And Feelings

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever done?

How would you describe yourself?

If you could look back from the future, what advice would you give yourself today?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Who is your favorite person in the universe?

Which animal is your favorite and why?

If you could do anything in the future, what would it be?

If you couldn’t talk, how would you communicate?

What is the one thing you are truly good at?

What is your happiest memory?

What kindness would you want people to do for you that you will also do for others?

What is your favorite activity in spring, summer, winter, and fall?

What chore do you like the least to do? Would you rather do that chore or eat a grasshopper?

Describe an event that changed your life.

Describe three skills you are good at and three skills you would like to improve or have.

What is your favorite place in the world? What is your least favorite place?

What is the one thing you can’t do but wish you could?

Life at school is busy, and teachers have to teach students many things in a short time. A writing prompt for children is one way to strengthen social-emotional learning; instead of silence, kids write about their emotions. Creative writing prompts for kids help students express and discuss these vital concepts.

How do you feel about yourself and your abilities? Do you believe in your abilities? If not, how can you improve?

Are you self-confident? What gives you self-confidence? If you don’t feel self-confident, what can you do to become more confident?

What should you do, and what should you avoid doing when you are angry or upset?

How do you cope with stress? What can you do to relax and feel peaceful again?

Describe a situation where you had to make a tough choice, and you made the right choice.

What would you do if you were at the mall and you saw someone stealing something?

A new student came to school. Will you introduce yourself, ignore them, or make fun of them? Describe your actions.

How would you empathize with a student feeling sad?

It’s not always easy to ask for help. Discuss ways to ask for help and the advantages of asking and giving support.

What does responsibility mean to you?

Tell about an incident where you were kind to someone and when someone was kind to you.

What scares you? How can you overcome your fear?

How do you feel about a change in your life? Do you like it or do you prefer things to stay the same?

Interesting Writing Prompts For Children’s Creative Thinking Process – Would You Rather…What Would You …

“Would you rather” questions are fun and creative writing prompts for kids. These writing prompts offer choices that will make a child laugh or contemplate the best option; it may even change their outlook on some things in life.

Would you rather live on Mars or under the sea?

Would you rather be a frog or a rat?

Would you rather be a king or queen of a kingdom or a president of a country?

Would you rather write stories or poetry for the rest of your life?

Would you rather be a movie star or an astronaut?

Would you rather survive a shipwreck or a plane crash?

Would you rather live underground or in the sky?

Would you rather go without food or sleep?

Would you rather skip a grade and repeat the next grade for two years or go back to first grade for a year?

Would you rather travel back in time or into the future with a time machine that goes only in one direction?

Would you rather be a pet at home or a bird in the sky?

Would you rather be a newborn baby or a grandparent?

Would you rather have winter with snow or summer with flowers?

Would you rather be your parents or your grandparents?

Would you rather be four hands or four feet?

Would you rather go on an adventure in the desert or the ocean?

Would you rather communicate in 10 different languages and help a nation or be able to speak to animals and help prevent the extinction of an animal?

Would you rather pay someone to do your chores or get paid to do theirs?

Much the same as the previous section, except a little bit more open-ended by design. Use these prompts to drag out some entertaining, interesting stories from your students.

What would you do if you woke up one morning and you discovered you were on Mars?

What would you do if you woke up one morning and you had shrunk to the size of an ant?

What would you do if you were the school principal?

What would you do if you woke one morning and you were exploring Antarctica?

What would you wake up one morning and you are the house pet?

What would you do if you try to throw the ball forward, but it goes backward?

What would you do if you came to school but no one recognized you?

What would you do if you woke up in a strange land where no one looks like you or speaks your language?

What would you do if the character in a book jumped out into your world?

What would you do if a famous inventor from the past sat next to you in class? Who would you like the person to be?

What would you do if your favorite superhero came to visit?

What would you do if your handwriting became invisible and you had to write a test?

What would you do if all your favorite movie characters came to your school at once?

What would you do if you found someone living in your attic?

What would you do if you woke up on a boat on an island?

What would you do if the kids became adults overnight and your teacher became a child?

Outline Description Kids’ Writing Prompts To Inspire Imaginations And Critical Thinking For Articles And Essays

Kids must know what they believe about the topic before they can write their arguments. Argumentative writing tries to convince the reader that the writer’s ideas are valid and want to change someone’s opinion. The writer presents both sides of the argument and then forms their opinion based on the facts.

How does history help our future?

At what age should a child get a smartphone, and why?

Which cartoon character is an excellent example to follow and why?

Which celebrity is a fantastic role model for kids and why?

What is the best way to communicate?

What is better, reading books online, printed books, or audiobooks?

Why is it essential to go to school? If you disagree, what would you recommend as an alternative to education?

All sports should be banned at school. Explain why you agree or disagree with the statement.

Should or shouldn’t the school have a dress code?

Kids should be able to use social media supervised or unsupervised. Why?

Kids should go camping or hiking with family regularly.

Creative writing prompts for kids stimulate kids to write more engaging and creatively. Do you agree or not, and why? If you disagree, what alternatives do you suggest?

Writing is old-fashioned and will be obsolete soon. If you agree, explain the alternatives. If you disagree, describe the uses for writing in the future.

Reading and writing are essential even with modern technology.

A child won’t have to learn to write if they can verbally communicate. True or false. Explain.

Descriptive writing aims to describe a place, thing, or event so that the reader forms a picture in their mind. Details are essential, and consider all five senses when describing something. The reader should be able to visualize and experience what the writer describes.

Describe a life without electronics – no smartphones, tablets, laptops…

Describe a hole in the garden. What would happen if you fell to the bottom of the earth?

Describe A Day in the Life of your parents when they were your age.

Describe what it would be like to be a pretend character in a sibling’s favorite video game.

Describe what an eagle sees when flying over your favorite place.

Imagine a time machine that takes you back or forward in time. Describe what school, education, or lack thereof, would be like in that era.

Describe what it would be like to be a pair of shoes, any footwear a parent wears.

Describe the perfect classroom setup and decor for an elementary, middle school, or high school student.

Describe your favorite food to someone who has never tasted it.

Describe your favorite color to someone who cannot see.

Describe the worst place on earth you never want to go to.

Pretend you’re a king or a queen; describe your kingdom.

Persuasive writing helps students think about important topics and allows them to persuade others to their way of thinking. The goal is to have the reader agree with the writer’s opinion. Persuasive writing is often used to convince someone to buy an item.

Which is best, to be popular at school, top in your class, or the best in sports?

As a child, I should be allowed to know…

The best way to commute to school is…

Which is more critical for earth’s survival, the sun or the moon?

Everyone should journal daily because…

Video games influence a person’s behavior negatively and should be banned.

Computers are making kids less creative and lazy to think.

Modern music today is not of the same quality as the music was 100 years ago.

Boys or girls should only play certain sports.

Social media creates fake relationships and opinions.

Persuade your parent about a skill you need for the future.

Persuade your principal that the school should introduce a particular sport or exercise not currently available at the school.

All children should have a pet. Explain why and how the child will benefit.

A child should be allowed to practice the same privileges as a parent.

A child should have the freedom to choose if he or she wants to go to school or not.

Lying is never good, not even a white lie.

Story Prompts To Inspire Poems And Fiction Writing Romance, Fantasy, And Mysterious Adventures

Using your imagination to write a story is fun and stimulates creative writing. These story starters help younger kids be innovative when writing stories.

Write a story about a supposedly extinct animal found alive outside in your backyard.

Write a story about your favorite day as the president of…

Write a story about a strange land you discovered.

Write a story about visiting and exploring Mars.

Write a story about spending a day with a robot, a dog, and a cow.

Write a story about discovering a broken time machine that doesn’t use electricity.

Write a story about you invented something that changed the working world.

Write another chapter of your favorite book.

Write another ending to your favorite movie.

Write a story where the chief character faces their greatest fear. What do they do when?

Write a story where you wake up in a bully’s home, and they wake up in your home.

Write a story about a lost city deep in a mine.

Write a story about going to school on another planet in September.

Write a story about an invention that cured all diseases.

Write a story about discovering a gratitude journal in the attic.

Write a story about a kid who gave back to the community.

Write a story about a cartoon character knocking at your bedroom window with an eraser.

Write a story using these words in the narrative: “Send the menu, it is blue” or “The spoon has lots.”

Write a story about a child growing up among wild animals or dinosaurs.

Everyone likes a good mystery, especially if you are the one that solves it! The five essentials for a mystery are the characters, the plot, the setting, the problem, and the solution.

You are particularly bored, so you page through your mom’s recipe book. You come across a recipe that has really nothing to do with food or cookies. What happens next?

Your dad has a new job, and he doesn’t want to take about it. You follow him to work and discover he goes to a red door in a wall. You…

The local pizza owner calls you, the local detective, to solve a mystery. The cook makes the pizza, but when it reaches the customer, some toppings are missing. It only happens to pizzas made for younger kids.

One day, you and your best friend were walking in the woods when you heard someone calling for help.

Something or someone is hiding in the barn. You go to investigate and find a kid who can’t remember anything and a talking dog. You must help them get back home.

A kid in school asks you to write this amazing story, but after the first interview, the child disappears.

You go to school, as usual, only to find out it is two weeks later, the principal is missing, and you were the last person who saw him.

Someone is stealing the library books and leaving your name written in strange handwriting in its place. The principal gives you the weekend to prove your innocence.

A kid waves to you and beckons you to follow on your bike. He leads you down the wrong road to an abandoned mine and disappears into the mine.

Lost in the woods, you see a wolf lurking behind a tree as Red Riding Hood walks past. You know it is a fairy tale, but what are you doing there?

The school replaced the janitor with a basic robot. The way the teachers and principal ignore the robot makes you wonder if there is more to the robot than meets the eye.

You come home from school, and the basement door is open. You hear a humming sound, and you go downstairs to investigate. A man climbs out of a time machine. “Just in time, I was looking for you,” he says to you.

Your family returns from a vacation in a foreign country. The airport official tells your dad your country no longer exists; it has disappeared under the sea as Atlantis did.

You find journal pages scattered in the backyard. When you read a page, it refers to a family secret.

A letter or email comprises unique elements. A person usually writes a letter or email to someone for a specific reason and expects the person to respond.

Write a letter to your parents telling them why you are glad they are your parents.

Write a letter to your teacher explaining why all students should read your favorite book.

Write a letter to a new kid in class telling them what to expect at school.

Write a letter to a new kid who moved in, telling them about your favorite place in town.

Write a letter to a celebrity explaining why they should visit your town for the holidays.

Write a letter to your favorite cartoon character telling them why you should be in their next cartoon story.

Write a letter to your superhero telling them why spending the summer vacation with your family is a good idea.

Write a letter to your favorite pet.

Write a letter to a person who can help you develop a skill you aren’t good at.

Write a letter to yourself from a teacher.

Write a letter to someone from outer space explaining to them what a tree is.

Write a letter to the music teacher explaining why the school should create a unique band, the instruments they should play, who should be in the band, and the type of music.

Write a letter to a season explaining why it is better than the other seasons.

Write a letter to the mayor persuading him/her about something the town needs.

Write a letter to the principal explaining why all kids at school must move from classroom to classroom on skateboards or rollerblades.

Write a letter to the prom king or queen explaining why they should wear a similar outfit to the school’s mascot to the prom.

We all have our perspectives, but when we place ourselves in the other person’s shoes, we see the situation from their perspective. If we do that more often, there would be fewer misunderstandings in the world.

You are called to the principal’s office because of an incident. Tell it from the principal’s point of view.

Describe your town from an outer space point of view.

You argued with a parent. Explain what happened from their point of view.

Someone tore two pages out of your favorite book. Explain the reason from their point of view.

Rewrite a fairy tale from the villain’s perspective, being sympathetic towards the villain.

Your sibling suggests a movie genre you hate. Explain from their perspective why watching the movie with them is more important than watching your favorite TV show.

Children’s Writing Prompts With Fun Animals And Dream House Themes

Kids like animals and pets. Animals play important roles in stories and their lives. Most kids can easily associate with an animal or a pet. Animal-themed writing prompts are creative writing ideas that young children and older kids can write about; even those who think they aren’t creative will surprise themselves.

Write a conversation between a cat and a dog.

Write a conversation a parent has with a hamster, frog, or skunk.

If you could invent a new pet, describe what it would look like, its favorite food, what superpower it has, and how you would take care of it.

If you were the pet and your pet you, what would you want them to do for you?

What is your favorite animal, and which is your least favorite? Explain why.

What would the world be like if lions and deer and wolves and lambs were friends?

If you were a fish, what fish would you like to be?

If you were a wild animal or bird, describe your habitat, food, favorite season, and three interesting facts or something unique to that animal.

Write a letter to your teacher persuading them you can bring a wild animal to school.

What animal is the best pet in the universe?

Describe the best day with your pet. If you don’t have a pet, write about a dream pet.

If you were a bird that could fly anywhere, where would you go, and how long will it take?

Would you rather be a crocodile or a tiger?

Describe three animals, birds, fish, or insects that start with the letter b. Which one would you like as a pet?

If you could spend a day in the jungle with an animal, what would it be and what would you do?

One day, while swimming in the river, a fish swam toward me and…

Everyone knows the lion is the king of the jungle, but describe another animal (actual or fictitious) that you think should be king of the jungle.

Tell a story about why the ostrich stuck its head in the sand.

If you were trapped in a cage with a circus animal, what would happen?

Describe your dream house and which room would be your favorite.

Explain how you would get an elephant into your house.

Would you try to discover what is in a locked room in your house?

If you hear a sound in the attic that sounds like a call for help, what would you do?

If you had to remove one room from the house, which room would it be and why? Would you replace it with something else?

You sneak into the kitchen for a piece of birthday cake, but in its place is a plate of broccoli. What happened?

How would you build a shelter if shipwrecked on an island?

If you had all the money in the world, how would you decorate your dream house?

If you could build three things for three kids, a doll’s house, a treehouse, and a hideaway. What would it look like, and who are the kids you build it for?

Describe your dream house living in a strange land.

Journal Prompts For Elementary School And Middle School Learners

Children in elementary school have a unique sense of humor stimulated by the absurd. Creative writing prompts that make them laugh could also help them improve their writing skills.

A lobster is your substitute teacher; tell the story about what happens next.

You walk in the park and see two cows in a tree; what are they doing?

Someone replaced your favorite lunch with the most disgusting lunch, which they dare you to eat. Describe the food, and will you eat it?

It’s the national opposite day, and you have to say everything as an opposite. Describe your least favorite food.

Your teacher walks into the classroom with feathers like a duck and the head of a chimpanzee. You may not laugh; if you do, you will be sent to the principal’s office. What do you do to avoid laughing?

You wake up one morning, and your room is upside down. Your bed is on the ceiling. What will you do?

You wake up one morning with ears and a tail like a donkey. What happens next?

You walk in the woods, and a skunk sees you and invites you to a party. What happens next?

The teacher welcomes a new student into the class. Every time you look at the new student, they make a funny animal noise. Describe the noise and what happens next.

You are the only one that can smell outer space. Describe the smell to your best friend.

The teacher announces that you are going to learn new communication skills using your toes. Explain how it works.

Suppose you were a plant in your mom’s garden that could talk. Describe A Day in the plant’s life.

Write a thank-you letter to your best friend who gave you a piece of gum that smelled like trash and tasted like Brussel sprouts.

A gratitude journal or a journal writing prompt can be a statement or question that inspires the student to write about something. Middle school students practice their writing skills, and creative writing prompts for kids are excellent starting points.

You were traveling through a mountain pass in the 19th century. Something or someone is coming fast from the opposite direction. What happens next?

Write a story about a student who ran away and returns ten years later to find the hometown deserted except for one person. What happened, and who is that person?

What is your favorite hobby, and why?

If you lived underwater, what games would you play with friends?

A strange sound wakes you up one morning…

Describe your dream vacation with your best friend.

If you could climb any mountain in the world, who would you take with you and why?

If you received a large sum of money, what would you do with it?

If you could help someone from the past, who would it be, and how would you help them?

Would you rather be your favorite food or your least favorite?

You are an astronaut. Where would you go, and what happens on the way to your destination?

Elementary Writing Prompts For Scholastic Curriculum

One way to learn history is to write about it. Teachers can use history writing prompts to help students understand historical facts in a fun way.

If you could spend a day at the playground with one person from the past, who would it be, and what would you do?

If you could ask Abraham Lincoln one question, what would it be, and what do you think would be his answer?

If you could change any part of history, what would it be and why?

A famous historical figure from the past visits your parents. What happens next?

Describe A Day in the Life of children living during the early settlement years in the US.

Imagine you discovered gold in the California gold rush; what happens next?

Someone steals the Declaration of Independence, and you have to find it. Where will you look, and who stole it?

You are one of the daring riders during the Pony Express; describe your day.

If you had a visitor from outer space, how would you explain the Bill of Rights?

Write a mock interview with a child who joined their parent in an archaeology expedition in Egypt.

If you could interview anyone from the first century, who would it be, and what will you talk about?

Math writing prompts can help a child work through a math problem in a more relaxed way. How students explain their understanding of a word problem or new concept shows teachers where kids need help.

Rephrase this word problem in your words.

What mistakes did you make while solving this problem?

Explain the process steps to solve this kind of problem.

What is your favorite part of math class?

What is the most challenging part of math class?

Give an everyday example using math.

Describe a world without math.

What is true, and what is not true in this statement? How do you know what is true?

How would you explain this concept to a fellow student?

Write a word problem using these concepts.

Make notes during the lesson and then explain how the new math concept connects with previously learned concepts.

Tell me everything you know about…?

Explain two different ways to solve this math problem. Which is the most efficient way?

Change a value in this problem and explain how it changes the problem and solution.

How are these graphs or solutions similar or different?

Scientific experiments are fun, but writing about science could be as much fun. Science is part of our daily lives and our future; creative writing about science could make kids more aware of the practical application of science. It may even stimulate a child to explore a STEM-related career.

If you could choose any STEM career, what would you choose? How would you go about achieving your goal?

Choose a hobby or interest you like and explain how science is involved.

Is there a future on Mars? Should we colonize Mars, and if so, would you like to live on Mars?

Describe what your life would be like if the telephone was never invented.

Name a scientist from this century you admire. Explain what you admire and what you can learn from that person.

Your best friend hates science. How would you convince them science is fun and essential to our future?

If you could invent something, would you rather invent something to help planet Earth or improve space travel?

Are all inventions good for humanity? Explain your answer with an example of an invention.

How do you think science is going to change the world in the next 30 years?

Volcanoes erupt differently. Explain what causes some volcanoes to erupt with slow lava flow and others with explosive smoke and ashes.

The Earth has forgotten how to make fossil fuels. Write a step-by-step instruction guide to help Earth.

Write about A Day in the Life of an ant.

Create a list of ideas and at least five ways how kids and teachers can recycle.

Children’s Writing Prompts For Older Kids’ Creativity And Inspiration

Being a teenager can be challenging. Journaling is one way to help kids cope, strengthen critical thinking, and encourage them to reflect on their experiences in high school and life. A writing prompt that resonates with a teenager can motivate, inspire, and help the student write about what matters to them.

What is the nicest thing you can say to someone? Who in your life would you like to give that compliment to?

I agree curfew is essential because… Discuss the statement from your perspective and a parent’s perspective and conclude whether you agree or disagree.

How can students improve their communication skills with each other? If you think communication skills aren’t practical, what would you invent for better communication?

Describe an experience that made such an impact on you; it changed you, your attitude, or made you see a situation differently.

Do you have something precious that is always with you? What does it mean to you, and why do you carry it with you?

Describe or imagine entertainment for children that appeals to kids and parents approve.

Education is on trial. You must argue for education or against it. Why is it essential, or is it unnecessary? Present your case before the jury.

What is your ideal job or career? How can you attain your dream job?

What is best for students today, learning online, physical classroom, or a flipped classroom model?

Describe your personality using a season, two colors, and a plant.

What are the pros and cons of peer pressure? If you think there are only pros or only cons, explain why.

Who is the most special person in your life?

Describe a time when you felt isolated. If you’ve never felt like that, explain why.

What is the worst thing, and what is the best thing about the internet?

We should ban drones. Do you agree or disagree?

It is 20 years later and your birthday. Describe the day and how and with whom you celebrate it.

Name three people that influence your life in a good or bad way.

Would you rather have your journal pages published on the internet or have your best friend tell your deepest secret to the kids at school?

Would you rather attend a writer’s conference or an engineering workshop?

If a social media friend would meet you in real life, would they recognize you as the same person as the one on social media?

Why did you share photos on social media?

Have you ever posted or texted something you were sorry you did? What happened next?

If your parents could read all your social media posts and text, what would they say?

What is your favorite social media platform, and why?

If you could improve your least favorite social media platform, how would you do it?

At what age should kids be allowed to be active on social media?

Social media does more harm than good. Discuss the reasons you agree or disagree.

How long can you go without a smartphone? When is a person addicted to their smartphone? Do you think you’re addicted or not?

Describe three types of apps that are helpful and three types that are time wasters.

If you spent as much time on your studies as texting, would your grades improve or not?

If you receive a dollar each time you refrain from texting or posting, how rich would you be?

What is a reasonable amount of time to spend on social media platforms? Discuss it from your perspective, a parent’s perspective, and your teacher’s perspective.

Should tablets and smartphones be banned in school or applied more?

Write a breakup letter to your favorite social media platform and explain why you want to cancel your account.

Motivate five reasons why people shouldn’t be without social media.

Would you rather have your dream summer vacation without social media or stay at home during the summer vacation with social media?

Write a chapter in a book where the characters replace social media platforms like Instagram.

Would you rather have your family or a social media family?

Does social media improve communication skills with real people? Explain how with examples.

Would you rather ban books or social media?

Imagine a social media platform was a diary, and you fall into one of its pages. What happens next?

Write a conversation between the Internet and Social Media.

How is AI related to social media, and what do you think will happen in the future?

Use These Fun Writing Prompts For Pre-School And Kindergarten

Picture writing prompts for kids in kindergarten.

Kindergarten is an excellent place to teach kids that they can write. Creative writing prompts will help kids experience the joy of writing and putting their ideas on paper.

I am happy when I…

Do you like summer or winter better? Why?

What is your favorite toy in the entire world?

I like Kindergarten because…

What is your favorite game you like to play?

What is your favorite room in the house?

Name three things you like and three things you don’t like.

What is the funniest thing you can remember?

Which is your favorite story and why?

When I am a grownup, I will…

If I lived in the biggest tree, I would…

I went fishing at the lake. I cast the line into the lake, and then…

If I could build a robot, it would be able to mentor…

When I went to the aquarium, I saw batman spark…

Once upon a time, there were three kids who started…

AI is going to take over the world. Argue for and against the statement.

Whew! That is a lot of writing prompts! If you have any great additional writing prompts  you think need to be added to this list, leave them in the comments. We can update the list as time goes on.

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Creative Writing Prompts:  Ideas, Lists, and Teaching Resources

Are you looking for a comprehensive list of creative writing prompts and journal ideas for your students?

On this page, you will find a large list of writing topics that will spark creative ideas in your students during journal and creative writing activities.

I have created these writing lists during my 22 years of teaching experience. I have grouped these creative writing prompts together into categories of similar topics to make it easier for you to find writing ideas in the area that you are interested in.

First, you will find creative writing prompts for each month of the year . On these monthly web pages, you will find topics that pertain to each month's themes, holidays, and events. You will also find writing ideas for specific dates and events for each month.

Second, you will find general writing prompts that you can use all year long with your students. I have divided these general creative writing prompts into the following categories: school, favorites things, friendship, memories, personal and feelings, famous people, animals, create or invent, what if, and story starters.

I have created this list of writing ideas for elementary school teachers and students, but many of these creative writing prompts are also appropriate for other grade levels as well.

As you read through these creative writing prompts, you will find links to related lesson plans found on Unique Teaching Resources. When appropriate, I have also included useful links to other informational websites. that will help save you time in planning your lesson activities.

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On these pages, you will find creative writing prompts that pertain to each month's themes , holidays , and events ., creative writing prompts to use all year long:, click on one of the writing prompt categories below (or scroll through the rest of this page):, i hope that you will be able to find some creative writing prompts in the following lists that will be fun and engaging for your students to write about throughout the school year..

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With many kids learning from home due to Covid-19, easy-to-organize educational activities for students are more important than ever. Writing helps improve students' creativity, communication skills, and ability to focus, among other benefits.

Whether you're a teacher, a parent now homeschooling, or a student looking for something new and interesting to write about, these writing prompts are for you. We've collected 57 writing prompts for students of various ages, from elementary school through high school. From spooky story writing prompts to debating how to improve schools, this article has writing prompts that will appeal to all students.

Tips for Using These Writing Prompts

What's the best way to use these creative writing prompts for kids? It depends on a lot of factors, including the student's age, current schooling structure, and their own interests and abilities. Here are some suggestions:

Use as a daily writing prompts exercise. You can assign one of these prompts at the beginning or end of the school day, as a way to prepare for the rest of the day or unwind after schoolwork.

Set up a quiet space to write. Many people have a hard enough time writing even with no distractions, and it can be nearly impossible to respond thoughtfully to a prompt if there's a television on, people talking, etc. Having a distraction-free space can help your student focus on the work at hand and produce their best writing.

Suggest an estimated writing length. Most of these journal writing prompts are designed to be answered both briefly or much more in depth. By giving a number of words/pages to aim for, you'll give your student a better idea of how detailed their response should be.

Consider having students handwrite their responses. Writing by hand can help students be more thoughtful about their responses because they'll typically write slower than they can type. It can also help students improve their handwriting skills.


57 Fun Writing Prompts for Kids

Below are over 50 journal topics for kids, organized into three categories: narrative writing prompts, fiction/creative writing prompts, and argumentative writing prompts for kids.

Narrative Writing Prompts for Kids

#1: What is your favorite holiday or holiday tradition?

#2: If you could go back in time for one day, which time period would you choose?

#3: If you could learn one thing about your future, what would it be? Or, if you prefer not to know anything, why would you make that choice?

#4: Pretend you're writing an autobiography and need to create a table of contents. What would you name each chapter?

#5: What is your earliest memory? Write every detail you can remember about it.

#6: If you had the power to change one thing about school, what would you change and why?

#7: Describe three goals you have for yourself.

#8: Imagine you are creating your dream restaurant. What kind of food would you serve, what would the menu look like, and how would the restaurant be decorated?

#9: If you could build your dream house, what would it look like? What rooms would it have? What would the yard be like?

#10: What is the bravest thing you've done in your life? Why did you make the choice you did? How did you feel during and after the situation?

#11: What is the funniest thing you've ever seen?

#12: What is your dream job?

#13: What is one thing you're really good at?

#14: Pretend you are a professional reviewer and write a review of a book you recently read or a TV show/movie you recently watched. How many stars would you give it? What did you like about it, and what didn't you like?

#15: Write about a time you did something kind for someone else. What did you do, how did it make you feel, and how did it make the person you helped feel?

#16: Imagine your life in ten years. What do you think you will be like? What will you be doing?

#17: Write about the craziest dream you've ever had.

#18: What would your perfect weekend look like? What things would you do? Who would you see? What would you eat?

#19: Do you like your name? If so, why? If not, what would you change it to?

#20: Make a list of your favorite activities for each season.

#21: Write about your least favorite chore. What don't you like about it? What would you invent to make the chore easier?   

#22: What three pieces of advice would you give to your younger self?

#23: If you could be famous for anything, what would it be? 

#24: If you could create a new law, what would it be? Do you think it would be hard to enforce?

#25: Write about a time you think one or both of your parents made a mistake. What did they do, and what do you think they should have done? Did they admit their mistake?

#26: How would your best friend describe you? How would you describe your best friend? (You can also have your friend do this prompt and read each other's responses.)


Fiction and Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

#27: Write a story about a character taking a submarine ride under the sea. What sort of things do you think they would see there? Would they be afraid or excited?

#28: Write a new chapter for your favorite book or new scene for your favorite movie. Which characters would be there, and what would they be doing?

#29: Invent a new pet. What would it look like, and what would you call it? What would it eat, and how would you care for it?

#30: Start a story with a lyric from a song.

#31: Pick something nearby (toy, pet, flower, etc.) and write a haiku about it. Bonus points if it rhymes!

#32: Write a story about a character who gets lost in the woods and discovers a mysterious person there.

#33: Write your own silly internet quiz.

#34: Choose an object in the house and describe it in as much detail as you can without saying what it is. Then, have a parent or sibling try to guess what you described.

#35: Write a scary story that includes: a spooky pumpkin patch, a vampire afraid of garlic, and a black cat.

#36: Do some people watching out your window. Write a story using one or more of them as the characters. Make up backstories and imagine what they're doing.

#37: Write a story about what you think your parents were like when they were younger.

#38: Your character survives a shipwreck and washes up on a mysterious island. What is on the island and how does (s)he get back home?

#39: Imagine you can choose to be any animal for a day. Which animal would you choose? What would you do?

#40: Write a poem about your favorite season.

#41: Imagine you are chosen for the first mission to Mars. What would you bring with you, and what do you think exploring the planet would be like?

#42: Write a sympathetic story from the point of view of the "bad guy." (Think fractured fairy tales like Wicked or The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! , although the story doesn't have to be a fairy tale.)

#43: Imagine your pet gets a day to roam free before returning home. Where would it go, and what would it see?

#44: If you could have dinner with any three people (real or fictional), who would you choose and what would you talk about? What would you eat?

#45: Look through photographs, drawings, and paintings. Choose one and write a story about it, imagining where it is and the types of people/things there.

#46: Imagine aliens landed on earth. What would they look like, and how would they act? Would they be friendly or not?


Argumentative Writing Prompts for Kids

#47: Are there dangers of teenagers spending too much time on social media?

#48: Does homework actually help students learn?

#49: Should students doing e-learning this year get letter grades, pass/fail, or no grades?

#50: At what age should children get their own cell phone?

#51: Which is best: ebooks, audiobooks, or traditional print books?

#52: What's more important, PE classes or art classes?

#53: Which celebrity is the best role model for kids? Which is the worst?

#54: Should parents or teachers be able to ban certain books from schools?

#55: Which season is the best?

#56: Should students recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school?

#57: Should students go to school year-round and have shorter breaks throughout the year rather than one long summer vacation?


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100 Elementary Writing Prompts Kids Will Love

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No matter what grade they are in, kids will love these fun and inspiring elementary writing prompts. The concepts are appropriate for all grades, and they will spark interest in kindergarteners and 5th graders alike.

Journal Prompts for Kids

These journal prompts will appeal to children of all ages. Kindergarteners may write a single word or sentence with help from an adult, while older kids may write short paragraphs.

Question Prompts for Elementary Students

Kids of all ages love open-ended questions that encourage them to think about their lives. These question writing prompts work for every elementary grade:

Fun and Funny "What if" Prompts

"What if" prompts get kids to use their imaginations, an important skill for a writer of any age. They'll love these fun writing prompts for kids, whether they write one sentence or a whole page:

Seasonal Writing Prompts for Kids

Kids' lives change with the seasons, from the clothing they wear to the outdoor activities they enjoy. These writing prompts have plenty of natural inspiration:

Entertaining "Finish the Story" Prompts

The key to getting children interested in writing is making it fun and imaginative. These exciting "finish the story" prompts will help them practice their creative writing :

Descriptive Writing Prompts

Descriptive writing helps kids practice the skills they need to write expository essays and narratives. These writing prompts for kids can help:

Opinion Writing Prompts

Making claims and forming opinions is important for becoming a critical thinker and mature writer. The key to inspiring great opinion writing is to ask questions kids care about:

Picture Prompts for Elementary Students

Picture prompts are a great way to inspire writing, especially for younger kids. These fun picture prompts will get those pencils moving. First, here is a set of prompts relating to dogs:

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Next, here are writing prompts that can accompany this whimsical image of a boy flying in a paper boat:

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Narrative Writing Prompts for Kids

Summarizing events and putting things in order help kids learn to organize their writing in a way readers can understand. Whether they're in kindergarten or 5th grade, these narrative writing prompts will help:

Poetry Writing Prompts

Creative writing lesson plans are a great way for kids to learn self-expression. These poetry prompts will fit in your lesson plan and work for any grade, although kindergarteners may need a little help from an adult:

Inspire Kids to Write

While these elementary writing prompts work for all ages, it's also good to inspire young students with prompts for their own grade. For instance, 1st grade writing prompts should be all about fun, giving reluctant writers the motivation to learn. As children get older, the writing world opens up. They need a variety of 4th grade writing prompts for everything from poetry to descriptive writing. No matter what age kids are, inspiring them to write is important work.


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