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Friday, July 17, 2009

31 Writing prompts for kids

As part of my daughter's "summer schedule" (which was put together to ensure she doesn't spend her summer in front of the TV or stomping around the house complaining of boredom), I have a weekly "writing session." I put together a list of writing prompts and she selects one each week to write.

And since July has 31 days, I decided to put together 31 prompts. Huzzah!

These prompts are mainly written for children but I see no harm in adults trying their hand at one of them, too. After all, I don't think we ever outgrow that fantasy of being a superhero. :)


31 Writing Prompts for Kids

1. Write a story.

2. Write a poem.

3. Read a book and write about what the book was about. (This works best for a short book. No comic books!)

4. Write about what has happened so far today.

5. Write about one thing that happened today that made you happy, sad or got you thinking about things.

6. Write about the things that you like to do. Why do you like to do them?

7. Write about what you want to be when you grow up.

8. Write a letter to a friend or someone in your family.

9. Make a list of what you would buy if you went to the grocery store.

10. Write a song.

11. Write about what kind of game you would make if you could make up your own game. Don't forget to name it!

12. Write about what kind of animal you like. Why do you like this animal?

13. Write about what kind of car you would invent. What color would it be? What would you name it?

14. Write about a dream that you can remember.

15. Write down as many names you can remember of everyone in your family (that includes grandparents and cousins).

16. Write about something you once did with a friend. It could be something fun, something scary or something that made you laugh.

17. Write about what kind of animal or monster you would create. What is it called? What does it eat? Where does it live? Don't forget to color it!

18. Write about your favorite book or story. What happens in it? Why do you like it?

19. Write about something you would like to do with someone in your family. Does it need to be on a sunny day or a windy day? What kind of things would you need?

20. Write something about God.

21. Write as many words as you can think of that start with each letter of your name.

22. Write about what kinds of things you would plant in your garden if you had your own garden. Why would you plant these things?

23. Write about the things you like to do when you are using the computer.

24. Write about something you want to change in the world.

25. Who is your best friend? Write about this person. Why is this person your best friend?

26. Write about the last TV show or movie you watched. What was it called? What happened in it? Did it make you laugh or feel scared?

27. Spend some time looking at a favorite picture or a picture hanging on your wall. Write about what you like about the picture.

28. Write everything about you and what kind of person you are.

29. Create your own recipe! Write about what kinds of foods you would use to make it. Write down how you make it. What do you think it will taste like? Will it be spicy or salty? Don't forget to give it a name!

30. Write about what kind of superhero power you would like to have. Would you like to be able to turn invisible? Run really fast? Be really strong? What would your name be? What colors would be on your uniform? Write all about you being a superhero!

31. Write about what you wish they would teach at school. What would this class be called? Who would teach it? What kinds of things do you need to use in this class?

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