If you are one of the many parents suddenly tasked with homeschooling your children, we want to assure you: you are not alone. There are a plethora of online tools that can provide creative ideas to not only keep your kids busy but happy and learning. Here are a few fun writing prompts for kids to get you started.
The right writing prompts can be fun and educational
Some kids love to write. While other elementary students really need a nudge from parents and teachers. One of the best ways to provide this nudge is through creative writing. Make it fun. Even make it goofy. Anything to get your kids writing, using their imagination and, better yet, learning while having fun.
Creative and Fun Writing Prompts for Kids
Here are a few fun writing prompt ideas that encourage your child’s imagination:
- How much do you really like your favorite color? If you could, would you magically turn every object in your house into that color? Why or why not?
- If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? What would you call it? What activities would you do together?
- If you had to eat the same food for every single meal, every single day, what would it be? Do you think you would ever get sick of it?
- Pretend you’re a movie critic! Write a review about a movie you think audiences should or should not watch. Make sure not to give away any spoilers!
- What would you do if aliens landed on Earth? Would you want to talk to them? What do you think would happen?
- Imagine you’re a fairy and you can grant five wishes. Whose wishes would you grant? Would you give all of the wishes to one person or split them up between multiple people? Would you set any rules about which wishes you will and will not grant?
- Imagine you’re the ruler of your own country. What would you call it? What would life be like in your country? Do you think you would like to be in charge?
- What do you wish you could do for your next birthday? Describe in detail what you’d do from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep.
Writing prompts that focus on family
Here are a few writing prompts that help children think about family:
- What’s your favorite thing to do with your mom or dad? Write a story describing a perfect day with your parent.
- Think about your favorite holiday. Write a story describing what you love about it.
- Write a story about your family. Where does your family come from? Who are the members of your family?
- Do you like your name? Why or why not? If you could choose a different name, what would you choose?
- What’s your first memory? When did it happen? Write about every detail you can remember.
- Write a letter to a member of your family. Share how you’re doing, what new things are going on in your life, what you like and dislike, and why you can’t wait to see them again.
More resources for writing at home
Looking for more resources? ThinkWritten has a list of 300 creative writing prompts, that kids or adults can enjoy. ThinkWritten is a blog that provides guidance and inspiration to budding writers interested in authoring a book.
Scholastic also provides an animated tool called Story Starters. Young writers can select the type of story they would like to write, including adventure, fantasy or sci-fi. The site also features a “scrambler” option that creates a funny story based on the child’s name, grade level and interests.
Squibler, dedicated to empowering writers to create their best work, also posts frequent writing prompts. Among them are historical writing prompts for kids, animal-themed story ideas, and fictional prompts.
We hope these writing prompts keep your kids busy and entertained. Enjoy reading the stories!