Writing Prompts for Children
Posted by Courtney Clem on
Writing is an essential factor in the early stages of a child’s learning development. It can strengthen reading and comprehension skills and allow a child to think through things in a different way than they would by just telling a story verbally.
Good writing allows children to establish themselves as individuals and learn how to communicate efficiently while using proper grammar, spelling, and the proper information.
Writing doesn’t have to be a boring lesson; kids can learn to have fun with it. Use creative writing prompts that kids will be excited to write about. You can explore their own interests and abilities while strengthening their skills.
With each prompt, let your children know an estimated writing length. This should vary depending on their skill level. It’s up to you and the child to decide what length and how in-depth the response should be. Consider having the children write out the responses instead of just typing. Handwriting skills are still important, especially going through school.
Here are a few different fun writing prompts for children.
What Does The Future Hold?
Use this prompt to help kids plan out their future and practice writing in the future-tense. They can write about what they want to study more when they get older, what job they eventually want to get, or what they think their normal day will look like in 20 years.
It can be as realistic or imaginative as the kids want. If they think there will be flying cars in the future, let there be flying cars!
Aliens have just invaded Earth! Have children describe what the aliens look like, what they want, how they got here, and how your child would react.
What is Your Earliest Memory?
This could be a tougher question and will challenge kids to really think and explore the deepest depths of their brain to try and dig up the earliest memory. It will get the brain moving and in a working mode before they even start putting the words onto paper.
Review a Movie or Book
Have children choose a book or movie, it could be something that was recently watched together as a class to make things easier. Then have the kids pretend they are a famous critic and have them review what they read or watched. Have them explain what they liked, disliked, what they would have changed, and how many starts they would give it.
This prompt will help kids write in the third person and think more about themselves and how they describe things. Have the kids think about how it would go if a stranger was meeting them for the first time. Have them write from the stranger's point of view. Have the kids describe what the stranger sees and feels, and make sure they aren’t using first-person words like “I”.
Superheroes are really popular right now, you can capture some of that excitement and apply it to writing. Have the kids think about what superpower they would choose, what their superhero name would be, and have them tell a story about saving someone or something. If you also want to practice drawing skills, you could have them illustrate their story just like a comic book.
Should Homework Be Banned?
This prompt can help kids with their persuasion and argumental skills. No kid wants homework, so have them write a pretend letter trying to convince the school to ban homework. They will be able to plan out and execute an argument, which will help them with discussion skills in the future.
Making Fiction Real
Have children pick one fictional world and have them pretend they can enter that world for a day. What would they do? Who would they meet?
Historical Fun Facts
In the Decade Jot Journal, children can learn all about the decade of their choice and will have dedicated space to write more about what they have learned and what about history surprised them.
Just pick a decade between the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. From there you can explore the colorful pages that include a cost of living index, authentic advertisements of the time, major news headlines, and more.
Kids will be able to compare the past and the future and explore the similarities and differences between them. They will be able to learn about pop culture, fashion fads, sports, and anything else relevant to the decade.
With 144 pages, there is plenty of space for children to journal daily and document everything they have learned about the past and highlights that they want to share with others.
Your Favorite Memories
Writing about past events that you have experienced can help develop storytelling skills while practicing writing in the third person. With the Memory Journal, children will be guided through the process of getting their thoughts and memories onto paper.
They can summarize their memories, express how the memories made them feel, explain who was with them, and more. There is even a space for photos or drawings so they can have a visual aid to go along with their memory.
Whether they are recording old memories or creating new ones, the memory journal is a great way to help kids put more details into their stories while keeping a collection of their favorite moments in life.
The Memory Journal is 144 pages, printed in the USA, and there are 3 different series to choose from.
The Outdoor Series captures nature’s best with mountain sunsets, fishing, kayaking, and camping visuals. The Retro Series will be a fun way to introduce items of the past to children with icons such as the rotary phone, cassette tape, camera film, floppy disk, and a music record. The Plant Series is perfect for plant lovers as you can choose from cacti, palms, dandelions, tropical landscape, and sunflower designs.