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Writing Prompts and Tips for Kids

When I was a kid, I remember having to write in a journal for English class. Although I loved writing, writing in a journal about myself was boring. I hated it. However, I LOVED to write stories and poetry.

If you’re trying to inspire young people to write, give them something interesting to write about. Here are 20 writing prompts to get kids going along with a few additional resources to find more writing prompts for kids.

20 Writing Prompts for Kids

  1. Write a story about a goat who has a picnic in the rain.
  2. Write a story about a crab who likes to write adventure stories.
  3. Write a story about a deer who must cross a rickety bridge.
  4. Write a story about a reindeer who makes an important discovery.
  5. Write a story about a butterfly who has a pet ant.
  6. Write a story about a clean toad who lives in a flower.
  7. Write a poem about a squirrel who drives a wagon.
  8. Write a story about a hawk whose family lives in a painting.
  9. Write a story about a wizard who is lost in a forest.
  10. Write a story about a champion who becomes a star in the sky.
  11. Write a story about an elegant enchantress who lives alone in a tower.
  12. Write a story about a bat who couldn’t fly.
  13. Write a poem about a cottage in the woods.
  14. Write a story about an obnoxious minstrel whose bravery is tested.
  15. Write a story about a monster who has a favorite food.
  16. Write a story about a crow who whistles while he fixes robots.
  17. Write a story about a two headed monster who plays soccer.
  18. Write a poem about someone from the past.
  19. Write a story about an explorer who turns invisible.
  20. Write a story about a kid who discovers a secret city.

Writing Prompts for Kids Resources

Scholastic Story Starters

This is a great resource for generating prompts for kids. You can choose the grade level and type of story and then spin the wheel to get a random prompt. It could be used for teenagers or adults who like to write too!

Super Teacher Worksheets

This site has some writing prompts on it that you can access for free. There are also some additional tools for teachers here. You can pay to be a member also. (I do not get anything for you becoming a member of this website.)

Journal Buddies

This site has a list of 75 writing prompts. Some are for journaling, but I think they can be used as a story starter too. Check it out and see what you think.

Writing Supplies

It’s also a great idea to provide kids with fun supplies to write with. Even as an adult, I love having a cute notebook and some colored pens to write with. Here are some links to some great products on Amazon.com that could making writing a little more fun for kids. (I get a commission from Amazon if you buy something from one of these links.)

Cute Journals

A cute journal goes a long way. It is fun to write in a journal that has a cute cover or even cute pages inside. It is way more fun than plain pages to write on!

Journals for Boys

Boys might not want a ‘cute’ journal, but it’s still more fun to write on something besides plain paper, so, this link has some journals that boys might like.

Colored Pens

The other super fun thing for writing is colored pens! I love writing in different colors depending on the part of the story or my mood. (I especially love Flair felt tip pens.)

In Summary

I hope these tips and hints are helpful and get your young people writing. My love affair with the written word began when I was very young. Even now, when I’m upset, I like to go to office supply stores and buy a little something. I find it comforting and inspiring. There’s nothing like a blank notebook and a cool pen to get my creative juices flowing. I could fill the pages with anything! Happy Writing!

Guided Writing Prompt Exercise: Physical Story Dice

Hi Everyone! I have another fun guided writing exercise prompt for you today!

For this exercise, you’re going to need something to write on, something to write with, and a timer. I’ll discuss each in detail below. If you don’t have your own story dice, you can use the same prompt I’m going to use. I’ll give it to you in just a minute.

The Dice

I have a set of nine story dice. I usually use three at a time when I do a writing exercise. Just because 9 is too many. However, I could easily see writing a children’s book and each of the nine dice is a chapter. Or writing a poem and using each die in a stanza. The possibilities are truly endless! I love story dice! 🙂

Writing Materials

Sometimes I use my iPad to write with, sometimes I use my laptop, and other times I use paper and pen. It just depends what kind of mood I’m in and what I have available when the muse strikes me. Just use whatever is best for you.

Timer

You will need a timer to use for the writing exercise. I use a timer on my phone, but you can use a kitchen timer or any other timer you have. If you don’t have anything to use as a timer, you can do the Guided Writing Prompt Exercise along with me in the YouTube video and I’ll time 2 minutes of writing for you.

Instructions

So, what we’re going to do is select three dice at random and roll them. The dice will show three pictures. You can do the exercise almost any way. What I do, is I try to use the word that I think represents the picture in the story or piece I’m writing. For example, if the die shows me a flower, I could use flower, garden, rose, petal, or anything that the picture of the flower makes me think of. The pictures should give you an idea, paint a scene, or maybe introduce a character to you that you can use in your piece.

So, for our exercise, I rolled three dice and this is what I got:

The letter ‘L’
A scarab beetle
A bridge with water under it

You can use the same pictures I’m using, or you can use your own story dice and get pictures of your own if you like. Now that you have a prompt, set your timer for a period of time you want to write for. I usually do writing exercises for 15 minutes at a time. If you do the Guided Writing Prompt YouTube video, you’ll write for 2 minutes. You can also pause the video and write for as long as you want and then skip to the end of the video. Whatever your choice, set your timer and get ready to write.

(If you have a writing program like Write or Die, you can use the software to write in as well as time yourself.)

I wrote for two minutes filming the accompanying YouTube video and I’ll post my results in the comments for this post. When your timer goes off, come back here and post your work! If you don’t want the general public to read your piece, email it to me. I’d love to read it! Ready? Go!

Happy Writing!

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Here’s what I wrote from this prompt in 2 minutes:

Margaret could hardly believe her eyes. Here on the bridge of elison, was the emerald beetle she had searched all those long years to find! If she had found this clue when she was still young, she could have been the Queen of Alloria. But it was just not meant to be. The Beetle, carved with minute care into the ancient stone of the bridge was outlined with a star and at the Northern most tip of the star was the letter L. Margaret dropped to her knees, fingering the filigree star and wondering what the L meant. She ran her fingers over the legs of the beetle one by one and a light [time ended!].

Links:
Story Dice
These are the same dice I have. They come in different ‘flavors’.

Magic and Fairy Tale Story Dice
Just what the title says. 🙂

Full article on how to use Story Dice

Guided Writing Prompt Exercise: Open a Book at Random

Hi Everyone! This post is meant to get you writing! So stop whatever it is you’re doing (unless it’s important, like if you’re in the bathroom or something) and get ready to write!

For this exercise, you’re going to need a book, something to write on, something to write with, and a timer. I’ll discuss each in detail below. If you don’t have a book handy to use, you can use the same prompt I’m going to use. I’ll give it to you in just a minute.

The Book

It can be fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t really matter. However, if your goal is to write fiction, this exercise usually works better if you get a fiction book, if your goal is non-fiction, pick up a non-fiction book, if your goal is poetry, you get the idea.

Writing Materials

Sometimes I use my iPad to write with, sometimes I use my laptop, and other times I use paper and pen. I know, weird. But some people do still use paper and pen when they write. Don’t judge me. Just use whatever is best for you.

Timer

You will need a timer to use for the writing exercise. I use a timer on my phone, but you can use a kitchen timer or any other timer you have. If you don’t have anything to use as a timer, you can do the Guided Writing Prompt Exercise along with me in the YouTube video and I’ll time 2 minutes of writing for you.

Instructions

So, what we’re going to do is just open the book at random and point to a line on the open page. The line we pick will be our writing prompt. You don’t want to use the actual line, word for word, in your writing. That would be plagiarizing. The line should give you an idea, paint a scene, or maybe introduce a character to you that you can use in your piece.

Without further ado, let’s get our line. The book I’m using is called ‘The Mists of Avalon’ by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I randomly open the book and put my finger on a line that reads,

“Gwenhwyfar was weary of the feasting.”

You can use the same line I’m using, or you can use your own book and find your own line to use. Now that you have a prompt, set your timer for a period of time you want to write for. I usually do writing exercises for 15 minutes at a time. If you do the Guided Writing Prompt YouTube video, you’ll write for 2 minutes. You can also pause the video and write for as long as you want and then skip to the end of the video. Whatever your choice, set your timer and get ready to write.

(If you have a writing program like Write or Die, you can use the software to write in as well as time yourself.)

I wrote for two minutes filming the accompanying YouTube video and I’ll post my results in the comments for this post. When your timer goes off, come back here and post your work! If you don’t want the general public to read your piece, email it to me. I’d love to read it! Ready? Go!

Happy Writing!

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Here’s what I wrote from this prompt in 2 minutes:
Gwenhwyfar sat at the head table, in front of friends and family and people she didn’t have any idea who they were. They were all stuffing their faces, talking and yelling and laughing loudly. Ale flowed and dogs crept under the tables to catch any food that was dropped. Grease and food dripped from gaping mouths and Gwenhwyfar felt her stomach roll as her eyes revolted at the sight of the gorging. Her betrothed, Prince Arwyn, was more mannered than the rest, but he still turned her stomach with the way he chomped and chewed, food sticking out of the corner of his mouth. She thought it disgusting and vulgar, but she was stuck with him.