Getting Creative: Writing Prompts for Kids

Writing Prompts

My son needs practice with his penmanship, and he typically finds long writing assignments frustrating. I’m not sure if his being left-handed has anything to do with it, but I usually give writing assignments in small increments so that he doesn’t get overwhelmed. I’ve also noticed that offering a drawing activity as a follow-up (or even as a lead-in) helps him ease into it.

I have created several writing prompts this year for him. The creative aspect is more enticing to him, as I’m sure it is to most kids – write your own story or write a book report? I was a different kind of child and would have chosen the book report but most of my peers would have selected story-writing every time.

Here are a few of the creative writing prompts I’ve made. Each writing page is followed by a page with space to draw a picture from the story, and each prompt has a keyword box with words that should be creatively included somewhere in the writing. Feel free to share your stories with us!

A Cowboy Story

A Superhero Story

An Undersea Adventure

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Need more writing inspiration? Here are some great books to add to your collection:

Write Your Own Story Book   I Love Words

Write & Draw Your Own Comics   Illustrated Dictionary

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Learning Behind My Back

Sometimes it is easy to forget that kids are always learning. We don’t always have to spell it out for them or write it on a white board. We got these super cute story cubes for Christmas so we decided to use them for creative writing on Monday when we got back to work. Have you used these or something like them? We love them and would love more ideas like this!

story cubes

Anyway, my son finished his story and, as we were going over it together talking about apostrophes and spelling, I noticed his fine use of quotation marks. He learned this very briefly at the beginning of the year in one of our workbooks, but I haven’t really addressed it again yet. I told him how much I liked his use of quotation marks and this was his reply: “I noticed in my book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing that every time someone said something those marks were around what they said, so I figured that’s what I should do too.” He’s six, so I think it’s pretty cool. Have your kids shared learning moments like this with you? I’d love to hear some!

Man Who Hunts Woolly Mammoths