Do you want your child to be a good writer one day? Writing is a critical skill that’s used in almost every occupation. Writing can also help people come up with new ideas, have clearer thinking and make sense of their emotional lives.
“The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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To help your student write more, here are 25 writing prompts for kids:
- Imagine you’ve made a mistake cooking something in the kitchen. Write about it with a sense of humor.
- What is your favorite color? Write about 3 things that are that color. Describe their appearance, texture, taste or subtle hues.
- Do you prefer cats or dogs? Why?
- Imagine a grumpy character. Is he/she an animal? What makes him/her grumpy? What makes him/her feel better?
- A cat has a terribly embarrassing moment. What is it?
- You’re out on a nature walk. It’s sunny day. You see a fuzzy tail poking out from the bushes. Then, you hear a loud…. finish the story with at least 3 more sentences.
- You get to imagine a pet by piecing together aspects of other animals. For example, you can have a pet that can swim like a dolphin, play fetch like a dog and bark like a seal. Describe your unique pet.
- Glen the hippo starts a synchronized swimming class for his friends. Describe the class. Is everyone able to follow Glen’s dance moves? Do they learn to spin, somersault or kick with a pointed toe? What do they learn to do?
- Jeffrey the giraffe loves flowers. He picks a hundred flowers for an arts and crafts project. What does he make? Do the other giraffes like his creation?
- Mary the mouse is a great mathematician, but she is very, very forgetful. Describe a day with Mary.
- Tippo the hippo thinks his name is too short. He comes up with five additional names. What are they? How did he think of them?
- You are at the beach. What do you see? What time of day is it- dawn, sunrise, afternoon, sunset, dusk? Are the waves big or little? What tints of blue do you see in them? Describe in depth what you see.
- Leo wants to bake a unique cake. It will be different and fun. What’s in the cake? How many layers are there?
- What’s your favorite animal? Why?
- Think of something you created when you were bored. What was it? Was it a drawing, fort or song? Describe your creation in detail.
- They say you can hear an ocean in a shell. You’re at the beach. You pick up a shell and place it to your ear. What do you hear?
- What’s your favorite dessert. How do you make it? What does it taste like?
- You’re in the woods. You see large footprints. You follow them. What do you find?
- One day Ben the beaver decides to sunbathe. But a nearby curmudgeon crocodile keeps splashing him on purpose. Ben doesn’t want to get bit, but he’s so annoyed he feels the need to respond. How does Ben get the crocodile to stop splashing him?
- It’s a winter day. The land is white with snow. You get to go outside and play. What do you do?
- Ruff the dog likes to chase his tail so much that he gets dizzy. How do you get Ruff the dog to stop chasing his tail so he can finally relax?
- It’s a fun day in the summer at the pool. What games do you play? Do you pretend to be anything like a dolphin or pirate? What do you like to do at the pool?
- What’s your favorite book? What is it about? What do you like about the characters, scene, writing or plot?
- Fred the flamingo got sick of standing on one leg. It’s too boring and too tiresome. Since he’s an ordinary flamingo, he can’t stand on two legs for very long either. Fred came up with a solution. What is it?
- Something lurks in that dark, gloomy lake. What is it? Describe the creature. How did this creature once petrify a local grizzly bear?
I hope your student enjoys these writing prompts for kids.