Creative Writing Prompts to jumpstart your children’s writing

Creative Writing Prompts for Children

Creative writing lets children express themselves. It helps children use their imagination and takes the reader on a journey into their thoughts. This can also be a great way to find more about your children, about their likes, dislikes, and feelings.

But many kids do not want to write and often complain! How do you get kids to want to write without forcing them to? Why not try giving them some fun topics – writing prompts – to help with their thoughts and give them some direction? It gives you an opportunity to discuss with your children what makes a story compelling and guide them to ideate on characters, action or a surprise plot!

Writing prompts work with children of all ages. What’s more, you can combine these with art and let children express themselves through writing and art. Fuel your children’s curiosity with this series of all awesome creative writing prompts! These writing prompts make it super easy to turn a blank page into captivating creative writing.

Fun and Creative Writing Prompts for Children:

Ages 6-10

  1. I Am Special Because….
  2. I am a superhero! What kind out superhero would I be and what powers would I have?
  3. You have been given 3 wishes. What would they be and why?
  4. You are a scientist and are working to invent a new animal species. What kind of animal would it be?
  5. You are a Toy Engineer. What kind of toy would you create and why? Or, If you could improve a toy, which toy would you make better and how?
  6. I wish I could make this disappear. What would you make disappear? Why?
  7. I love to help my family! Here are all the ways I do and would like to help.
  8. You just won a lottery! What would you do with all that money!
  9. It is very important to be honest. Why?
  10. If you could change the world what would you do and why?
  11. We all make mistakes. Write about a time you made a big mistake. How did you correct it?
  12. Have you ever been very angry? What happened? How did it make you feel?
  13. You’ve found a treasure map! What you would do next?
  14. You have access to a time machine that works! What would you do?
  15. You just discovered a new island. What would you do?

Ages 10-15

  1. Your video just went viral on Youtube! What was your video about?
  2. You just won a contest and can take a trip to anywhere in the world! Where would you go? Why?
  3. This is my favourite Childhood Memory…
  4. You are given the power to change one thing you don’t like about your self.  What would you want to change and why?
  5. You are part of a design team that is creating a new amusement park. What is your idea for the Amusement park? Describe the features it would have.
  6. You have a chance to meet anyone in the world. Living or Dead. Who would you want to meet? Why?
  7. What one thing are you an expert on?  Write about that subject or topic.
  8. Write a story about your “Secret Life”.
  9. Make a list of 5 reasons why you can’t write today. Come up with totally outrageous excuses.
  10. I am on Titan and Thanos is standing in front of me. Continue the story in the present tense.
  11. What would happen if you woke up and found you had grown 8 feet tall overnight? How would this change your life?
  12. The thing I wish other people would understand about me is…
  13. What if cows gave root beer instead of milk? What if it really did rain cats and dogs? These are just two examples from over 200 of the writing prompts listed on this site.

Poetry Prompts:

  1. Find a few interesting photos or pictures in a book. Write a poem that includes all those images.
  2. Write a poem titled “A Rainbow of Feelings.” Use at least five color words in the poem.
  3. Write a poem in the first person (“I”) from the point of view of an animal or bird, such as an elephant or an eagle. Describer what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel?

Visual Story Prompts: 

Visual Story Prompts are an excellent way to get children writing too.  Children get to use their imagination to tell the story behind the photo or picture.  Look up some fabulous picture prompts here. Check out this other excellent source for Visual Prompts.









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Fill in the Blank Prompts:

Fill in the blank prompts make it super exciting for kids to make up their own story with given lists of adjectives and verbs. You can find some examples here.

You could encourage your children to write on these topics and if they enjoy drawing, illustrate their writings as well. Bind the writing as a small booklet and add a cover page to it! Share it around too. This will go a long way in encouraging your kids to write!



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