When I was in 6th grade, I had a wonderful language arts teacher named Mrs. Reinhardt. Each morning, she would write a writing prompt on the chalkboard as a warm up exercise. Sometimes they were fun and creative, other times they were philosophical and intellectual. After about 15 minutes of writing in our composition notebooks, the students would share their stories with each other, reading aloud to their peers. Through this regular activity, I developed my love for creative writing, as well as my writing ability.
Below you will find my top 10 writing prompts for kids, followed by a set of writing prompt worksheets. The worksheets contain 20 questions per grade level, Kindergarten through 7th Grade.
- If you were given one super power, what would it be? What would you use this super power for?
- Imagine you are a famous inventor. You have been asked to create a new invention to help humanity. What will you invent? How will you build it?
- If you were stuck alone on an island and could only bring one item, what would you bring and why?
- You are on a quest to slay an evil dragon. What weapon do you take with you, what obstacles will you meet on your journal to face the dragon? Who do you meet along the way and why is the dragon evil?
- Describe your life if you had been born in the same location one hundred years ago.
- You are a theme park engineer responsible for creating a new and exciting ride. What is your new park attraction called? Describe how it works, and why you think people will like it.
- You are lost in the desert. Without food or water, you collapse on the sand. And only to make matters worse, a scorpion suddenly crawls out from underneath a rock and bites you. How do you survive?
- The year is 1700, and you are in charge of starting a colony in the New World. Name your colony, and describe how you would build it. What challenges would you face, and how would you overcome them?
- Invent a new holiday. Describe what you’re celebrating and some traditions that go along with the holiday.
- Write a mythological explanation for why the sun rises every morning.