300 Fun Writing Prompts for Kids: Story Starters, Journal Prompts & Ideas
Are you a parent or teacher? Here are 300 fun and creative writing prompts for kids to spark the imagination of young writers everywhere. Use these kids writing ideas as journaling prompts, story starters or just for fun!
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It’s never too early to start writing, and so we’ve created this fun list of 300 creative kids writing prompts for teacher and parents to use.
You’ll love these fun ideas for kids writing prompts to use as creative sparks to get young imaginations writing in no time!
These are perfect to use as kids journal writing prompts, as short story writing prompts, or just for exercises to help students and children of all ages tap into their creativity. Maybe your kids will write an essay, maybe a poem, or maybe even a whole book!
Whether you are a teacher or parent looking to inspire your kids to write, or maybe even an adult who would like to practice writing with a more playful and young-hearted approach, I hope you find these creative writing prompts inspiring!
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The Ultimate List of 300 Fun & Creative Writing Prompts for Kids
#1. Imagine a giant box is delivered to your front doorstep with your name on it. What’s inside and what happens when you open it?
#2. Write a short story about what it might be like if you woke up one morning with a mermaid tail.
#3. Which is better, winter or summer? Write about the reasons why you think winter or summer is better.
#4. Write about what would it be like if you had an alligator as a pet.
#5. If you had $1,000, what would you buy and why?
#6. Write a story using these 5 words: apple, train, elephant, paper, banjo
#7. What do you want be when you grow up and why?
#8. Who is your favorite person on the planet? What do you like most about that person?
#9. If you could have any secret super power, what would you want it to be and why?
#10. Write about 3 places you would like to travel someday. What do these three places have in common?
#11. Write about a time you felt really happy. What happened? What made you feel happy?
#12. Imagine what would happen if someone shrunk you down to be only 1″ tall. How would your life change?
#13. If you were in charge of the whole world, what would you do to make the world a happier place?
#14. Write a story about what it would be like to climb to the very top of the highest mountain in the world.
#15. If you were in charge of planning the school lunch menu, what foods would you serve each day?
#16. What are some of your favorite animals? What do you like about them?
#17. Imagine that dogs take over the world. What do they make the humans do?
#18. Write a story about flying to outer space and discovering a new planet.
#19. You are a mad scientist and have invented a new vegetable. What is it called? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Most importantly: Is it safe to eat?
#20. You go to school one morning to discover your best friend has been turned into a frog by an evil witch! How do you help your friend?
#21. Describe what it is like when trees lose all of their leaves in the autumn season.
#22. Write about your favorite sport and why you like it so much.
#23. Imagine what it might be like to live on a boat all the time and write about it.
#24. If you had one wish, what would it be?
#25. Write about what you might do if you have the super power to become invisible.
#26. You are walking through the forest when one of the trees starts talking to you. What does it say? What do you do?
#27. The weather forecast is calling for a blizzard in the middle of the summer. What do you do?
#28. What types of transportation will people have in the future?
#29. What were some of your favorite toys when you very little? Do you still enjoy playing with them?
#30. What would a day in your life be like if you were a movie star?
#31. Imagine you’ve invented a time machine! What year do you travel to?
#32. What are your favorite things to do over summer vacation?
#33. What is your favorite holiday and why?
#34. If you could meet any fictional character from a book, who would it be?
#35. You are writing a travel guide for kids visiting your city. What places do you think they should visit?
#36. What is a food you hate? Write about it!
#37. Imagine what it would be like if there was no electricity. What would be different in your daily routine?
#38. You are building a new city! What types of things do you think your city needs? How will you convince people to move to your new city?
#39. What is your favorite movie? Write your review of the movie and why you think people should watch it.
#40. Imagine you get a magic sweater for your birthday. What happens when you wear the sweater? What do you do with these new found magical powers?
#41. You are the security guard at the zoo and someone has stolen a rhinoceros! How do you track down the thief?
#42. You have been invited to have lunch with the queen. What foods do you eat and what topics do you and the queen discuss?
#43. If you could design a school uniform, what types of clothes would you suggest? What colors would they be?
#44. Imagine you are a reporter interviewing a celebrity about their life. What questions do you ask?
#45. You are running a lemonade stand. Describe the steps for how you make lemonade and the types of customers you see during the day.
#46. Write a story about being the ruler of an underwater world.
#47. Write an acrostic poem for the word “treehouse”.
#48. You decide to grow a sunflower, but the sunflower grows so tall it reaches up to the sky! Write about what happens when you decide to climb to the top. What do you discover?
#49. Imagine you look out the window and it is raining popsicles from the sky! Write a story about the experience.
#50. If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?
#51. If you were on a spaceship, what would you be most excited about seeing?
#52. Do you have any pets at home? Write an essay about how you take care of your pets. If you do not have a pet, what type of pet might you like?
#53. Imagine you are opening a store that only sells items which are blue. What types of items do you sell?
#54. Have you ever lost something that is important to you? Were you able to find it?
#55. Write a story about a kid who is moving to a new school. How do you think they might feel?
#56. Rewrite the ending of your favorite fairy tale. For example, what would have happened if Cinderella never went to the ball?
#57. Have you ever forgotten to do your homework? What happened?
#58. Do you have a favorite song? Write about the type of music you like to listen to.
#59. Imagine your parents wake you up one morning to tell you they will take you to do anything you want to do for the whole day – you don’t even have to go to school or do your chores. What would you choose to do and why?
#60. Do you like amusement parks? What are some of your favorite rides?
#61. Write a story using these three words: detective, piano, and pizza.
#62. Have you ever been to the beach? Write about your favorite things to do. If you have never been to the beach, what would you like to do the first time you visit?
#63. Is there a favorite tv show you like to watch? Write about your favorite character and why they are your favorite.
#64. Write a poem using onomatopoeia , where the words you use are pronounced similar to the sound they make. For example, buzz, bark, sizzle, slam and pop.
#65. Have you ever had to stand in line to wait a long time for something? What did you do while you waited? How did you feel while waiting? How did you feel once the wait was over?
#66. Is it a good idea to keep ALL secrets a secret? Write about examples of when it is okay to spill a secret – and when it isn’t.
#67. Is there something you are good at doing? Write about your best strengths.
#68. What historical time period and location would you go back to live in if you could? Write about it!
#69. Write about 5 things you can do that are important for you to stay healthy and safe.
#70. Do you think thunderstorms are scary? Why or why not?
#71. What would you most like to learn over the next year? Think about things that interest you or questions you might have about the world and make a list!
#72. You are going on a trip to a jungle safari! What items do you pack in your suitcase?
#73. Imagine you are sitting at home one day and you hear someone shrieking in the living room they see a mouse in the house! Write a story about what might happen next.
#74. You are writing a letter to someone who is having a hard time making new friends at school. What do you write? What advice do you give them?
#75. Imagine you just met a magician – but their beloved rabbit who they pull out of a hat for all the tricks has been kidnapped! How do you help find the rabbit?
#76. Do you hear what I hear? Set a timer for 5 minutes and write about all of the sounds you hear in those 5 minutes.
#77. Imagine you go to get a haircut and they accidentally shave your head! How do you feel about that and what would you do?
#78. Do you find it easy to talk to people you don’t know? What are some ways you can start up a conversation with someone you have never met before?
#79. Are there any chores you have to do at home? What are they? What do you like – and not like – about each one?
#80. Open up a random book to any page. Write for 5 minutes about the first word you read.
#81. Pretend you are a writer for your city’s newspaper. Who would you like to interview for a news story and why?
#82. There are many fictional characters who live in unusual houses, such as the old woman who lived in a shoe. What kind of unusual house would you like to live in? Write about what it would be like to live in an unusual house!
#83. Write a list of 10 things you can do to practice kindness to others.
#84. Is there a homework subject you dread? Why do you not like getting homework in that subject?
#85. What is your favorite month of the year? Write about why you like it and some of your favorite things to do during that month.
#86. Imagine you are planning a surprise birthday party for someone. How do you keep it a surprise?
#87. Pretend you walked outside to find a sleeping dragon in the grass! Why is the dragon there? Is it a friendly dragon? What do you do? Write about it!
#88. What are you grateful for today and why?
#89. You were on your way to a very important event when you fell into a puddle. Now what?
#90. Have you ever watched a movie and didn’t like how it ended? Write what you think should happen instead.
#91. Can you answer this riddle from Alice in Wonderland ? How is a raven like a writing desk?
#92. Imagine you are the captain of a pirate ship. Write a diary entry for what your day was like.
#93. If you could start any type of business, what kind of business would you start? What types of products or services would you provide?
#94. Write a sequel to one of your favorite fairy tales. For example, what was Goldilocks’s next adventure after she left the bears?
#95. What is something you are afraid of? What helps you to feel less afraid of something? What would you say to a friend who feels scared to help them feel less afraid?
#96. Write a letter to your future self in 20 years.
#97. In addition to basic survival needs such as food, water, air and shelter, what are 3 things you would you need to be happy?
#98. If you could invent a robot of any type who could do anything you imagine, what types of things would you would have the robot to do?
#99. Which do like better? Apples or Oranges? How are they alike? How are they different?
#100. Why did the chicken cross the road? You are a detective and are assigned to the case. How do solve the mystery?
#101. Write instructions for how to make your favorite snack. Be sure you add your favorite tips and suggestions for how to select the best ingredients!
#102. Imagine you borrowed a friend’s favorite lucky pencil to help you pass a math test – but then it snapped in half! How will you ever tell the news to your friend?
#103. Look around the current room you are sitting in and choose 3 random objects that are nearby. Now write a story or poem that includes those three items!
#104. Write a letter to the author of a book you recently read and tell them what you liked most about the book.
#105. Ernest Hemingway is famous for writing a six word story. Can you write a story in just 6 words?
#106. What do you think will be the future for cell phones? Will people still use them in 25 years or will something else take its place?
#107. Do you want to go to college? Why or why not?
#108. Write a story or poem about a kitten who wanders off and gets lost. How does the kitten find its way home?
#109. Currently, it is required by law that kids go to school. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?
#110. If you could invent a new board game, what would it be called? How is it played? What are the rules? What makes it fun to play? Write about it!
#111. Imagine you come home to discover your entire bedroom is covered in ketchup! What on earth happened? What is your reaction? How do you clean everything up?
#112. What is something you learned today?
#113. Would you rather have a goldfish or shark as a pet?
#114. From A-Z: make a list of something for every letter of the alphabet.
#115. Have you ever gone fishing? If you have, did you like it? Why or why not? If you haven’t, do you think you might want to?
#116. What is one of the most important things you do each and every day?
#117. Write a story about Gretchen the Grouch, a girl who is always angry! Will she ever be happy? Why is she so grumpy all of the time?
#118. How do you feel when someone takes something of yours without asking? What is a good way to deal with it when that happens?
#119. Write a poem that starts with the word “if”.
#120. Write a story about a family of rabbits who live in the woods. What are some of the challenges they face?
#121. What clothes do you think are the most comfortable? What kind of clothes do you like to wear the most? What clothes do you NOT like to wear?
#122. Imagine there are no grocery stores and you must get your own food. What are some of the ways you find food? What types of things do you eat?
#123. What are 3 things you can do that are good for the environment?
#124. If you could meet any famous person today, who would you want to meet and why? What questions might you ask them?
#125. A tongue twister is a quick poem where many of the words start with the same letter and are similar in sound. For example, “Peter picked a peck of pickled peppers.” Try writing your own with this fun kids writing prompt!
#126. What is the first thing you think of when you hear or see the word green?
#127. A hero is someone who is admired for their courage and achievements. What do you think makes someone a hero? Who are some of your heroes?
#128. What did you do during summer vacation last year? What do you want to do for summer vacation this year?
#129. Write a story about a super hero dog who saves the day! Who does the dog help and why?
#130. Would you rather live somewhere that is always cold, or somewhere that is always hot? Write about which one you would rather choose.
#131. Have you ever volunteered to help a charity? If so, write about the experience! If not, what are some charities you think you might like to volunteer for?
#132. What does the word courage mean to you?
#133. What makes you unique? What are some things about you that make you an individual?
#134. Have you ever been to a museum? What is your favorite thing to look at on display?
#135. What can you do to set a good example for others to be kind?
#136. A Tall Tale is a story that exaggerates something that actually happened. Write a tall tale about something that recently happened to you.
#137. What is one of your favorite toys that you think you might still want to have and play with when you are 22 years old?
#138. Oh no! Everyone around you is sick with a nasty cold! Write a silly poem about how you try to avoid catching their germs!
#139. Personification is when a non-living object takes on human characteristics. Write a story where you personify a common electronic gadget in your house, such as the Television or toaster.
#140. Write a poem using similes, which is when you say an object is like something else. Here is an example of a simile: “Her eyes were as blue as the sky.”
#141. Have you ever read a book written by Dr. Suess? Write your own “Suess-style” story, complete with rhymes and made up words.
#142. Do you have any siblings? Think about what it might mean to be a good brother or sister and write about it!
#143. Make a list of questions to interview your parents or grandparents about what it was like when they were growing up as a kid. Then, ask them the questions and write about their answers!
#144. You are in charge of writing a new radio show just for kids! What topics will you talk about? What music do you play?
#145. What do you usually eat for breakfast every day? What, in your opinion, is the greatest breakfast food ever created? What makes it so great?
#146. Write a 12 line poem where every line is about a different month of the year.
#147. What is something you look forward to doing the most when you are an adult?
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#148. Do you like to try new things? What is something new you have tried recently or would like to try?
#149. Imagine what it might be like to be alive in Egypt when the pyramids were built. Write about what it was like.
#150. A credo is a statement of personal beliefs. Try writing your own credo for things that you believe in and feel are important.
#151. The circus has come to town but they have no place to perform! How do you help the ringmaster find a place to put on a show?
#152. Do you like to act? What are some of your favorite actors or actresses? What do you think makes someone a good actor or actress?
#153. “Practice makes perfect” is a popular saying. What is something you like to practice so you can become better at it? A sport? A musical instrument? A special skill? Do you like to practice?
#154. Write about what it might be like to be water drops freezing and turning into ice.
#155. Do you think it is important to keep your room clean? What do you like about having a clean room?
#156. Imagine your parents are sending you away for a two week summer camp trip. Would you be excited? Why or why not?
#157. What are you currently learning about in history class? Write a fictional story about someone from the past you are learning about.
#158. Many wars have been fought in the past. Instead of going to war, what do you think countries could do to resolve their differences peacefully?
#159. Every year over 8 billion plastic bottles and cans are thrown away. What are some things you can do to help encourage your family and friends to recycle?
#160. Imagine if you were the principal of the school. What might you do differently? What things would you do that are the same? Write about it!
#161. Pretend that one day you are at your neighbor’s house and you notice a strange noise coming from the basement. You go downstairs to investigate to see a large machine running with many lights and buttons. Why is it there?
#162. Write an essay that starts with the line, “Tomorrow, I hope…”
#163. If you could give one thing to every child in the world, what would you want to give them?
#164. Do you have a piggy bank at home? How do you earn money to add to your savings?
#165. What qualities make a house a home? What are 3 things you think every house should have?
#166. Would you rather go scuba diving or rock climbing? Write about which one you think you would like to do more and why.
#167. Do you think it is a good idea for kids to write a daily journal? What are some of the benefits of writing every day?
#168. Do you like watching fireworks or are they too noisy? Write about a time when you saw fireworks in the sky.
#169. Oh no! Your friend has turned into a statue! How did this happen? What do you do? Does your friend ever turn back into a person again?
#170. If you could be any movie character, who would you be and why?
#171. A mysterious message appears in code on your computer screen. What could it mean?
#172. If you could go to work with one of your parents for a day, what do you think the day would be like? What types of things do your parents do at work all day long?
#173. Imagine you are the President and you are creating a new national holiday. What is your holiday about? How is it celebrated? What day of the year do you celebrate? Write about it!
#174. You won a never-ending lifetime supply of spaghetti noodles! What will you do with all of these noodles?
#175. Would you rather be a bunny rabbit or a hawk? Why did you choose the one you chose?
#176. Your teacher has been acting mysterious lately. After school one day, you notice a weird green light shining through underneath the door of your classroom. What do you do? What is happening with your teacher?
#177. Write an article about tips for how kids can be more organized and study well for tests.
#178. Look at any product in your house and read the ingredients labels. Research what each ingredient is. Do you think these ingredients are good or bad for people?
#179. If you were a doctor, what do you think would be the most important part of your job every day?
#180. The school librarian needs your help! A truck just arrived with 2,000 books and she can’t fit all the books onto the shelves! What do you do? How do you find a place to put all these books?
#181. Do you think it would be fun to plant a garden? What types of plants would you want to grow? Write about your garden ideas.
#182. What is a sport or activity you would like to try playing for the first time?
#183. Do you think kids should be allowed to do the same things as adults? What things do you think kids should be able to do that only grown-ups can?
#184. Imagine you and your parents switch places for a day. Your parents are the kids and you are now in charge! What would you do?
#185. Write a get-well letter to someone who has been sick. What can you say to make them feel better?
#186. If you could visit any planet in the solar system, which planet would you like to visit the most and why? Write about what it might be like.
#187. Have you ever been to a farm? What did you like about it? If you haven’t been to a farm, do you think you might like to visit one? Why or why not?
#188. The mayor of the city has a big problem and needs your help! What is the problem and how will you solve it?
#189. Pretend your little sister ate carrots for dinner and the next morning woke up with rabbit ears! How did this happen? What do you do? Will she be a rabbit forever?
#190. Imagine you wake up in the morning to find out you get to relive any day of your life again for the whole day. What day would you want to experience again and why?
#191. Do you think you might like to be a firefighter? Why or why not?
#192. You are a lawyer and your client has been accused of stealing a car. How do you convince the jury your client is innocent?
#193. Think of the four elements: fire, air, earth, and water. Which of these four elements do you like the best?
#194. What would you do if you could be invisible for a whole day? Do you think you would enjoy it or be glad to be back to normal the next day? Write about it!
#195. Imagine you are a meteorologist and people are starting to get angry that your weather predictions are always wrong. What do you do?
#196. If you could create any law, what would it be? Why do you think the law is an important one to have?
#197. You are going incognito and need to hide to your identity so you aren’t recognized or discovered while you walk through the city. What type of disguise do you wear?
#198. Write a persuasive letter to your parents explaining why you should get a new pet. Make sure you provide a convincing argument they won’t be able to refuse!
#199. Your friend wants to do something dangerous. What should you do?
#200. How do you think the world would be different if there were no oceans?
#201. What do you do when someone disagrees with your opinions? Is there a better way to handle conflicting opinions?
#202. What do you think you as a kid could do to help encourage more people to read?
#203. Do you have a good luck charm? What makes this item lucky? When do you use it? How do you use it?
#204. What is at the end of a rainbow? Imagine you follow a rainbow to the end. What do you discover? Is it a pot of gold, or something else?
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#205. What do you think the consequences should be for someone who is caught cheating on a test at school?
#206. Imagine you are riding your bike one day when you encounter an older kid who wants to steal your bike. What do you do?
#207. You are the lead singer and star of a famous rock and roll band, but there is one problem – your drummer is jealous of your fame! How do you solve this situation?
#208. If you could help a group of kids in any part of the world, what kids would you want to help the most and why? What are some things you think would help these kids?
#209. Everyone knows the house on the end of the street is haunted. What are some of the strange things that happen there? Why is the house haunted?
#210. You notice at school one day there is a door to a secret passage next to the janitor’s closet and decide to explore. Where does it lead? Why is it there? Do you go alone or bring a friend along?
#211. A bucket list is a list of things you want to accomplish in your lifetime. What are 5 things on your bucket list?
#212. Imagine the perfect treehouse or clubhouse for you and all of your friends as a place to hang out. Describe what it is like inside.
#213. Do you get bored easily? Make a list of things you can do whenever you feel like you are bored and there is nothing fun to do!
#214. Now vs. Then: Think about how today is different from one year ago. How have you changed? What things in your life are different?
#215. Write your autobiography about your life.
#216. It’s a heat wave! What do you do when the weather is hot? What are some of your favorite ways to stay cool?
#217. What are three important safety tips every kid should know to stay safe?
#218. What genre of books do you like to read the most? Write about the characteristics of the genre and list some of your favorite books as examples.
#219. Holiday Traditions: How does your family celebrate the different holidays and events? What are some traditions you do each and every year?
#220. Imagine one day in science class a science experiment goes terribly wrong and now you and all of your classmates have superpowers! What are your superpowers and what do you do with them?
#221. Who is favorite teacher? Why are they your favorite?
#222. You are baking a cake, but you accidentally put salt in the cake instead of sugar. Nobody will eat it! How do you feel? What will you do next time?
#223. Do you think it is important to have good table manners? What do you think some good manners to practice might be?
#224. Many schools no longer teach cursive handwriting. Do you think this is a good or bad thing? Do you know how to write cursive handwriting? Would you like to learn if you haven’t?
#225. If you were the owner of a theme park, what types of rides and attractions would have? Describe what they would be like and why people would want to visit your park.
#226. Your parents give you $100 to spend at the grocery store. What do you buy and why?
#227. Some people who are alive today grew up without computers or video games. What would you do if you didn’t have a computer or video games? How would life be different?
#228. You walk into your living room and discover there is a giant elephant standing there. How did the elephant get there? What do you do about it? How do you explain the elephant in the living room to your parents?
#229. Have you ever had a weird dream? What happened in the dream? What do you think it means?
#230. Do you like to draw or paint? Write a story inspired by a painting, doodle, or sketch.
#231. You are being sent on a mission to outer space to live in a space station for 5 years. What supplies do you pack and why?
#232. What is the scariest creature alive on earth? Describe in detail what makes it so horrifying.
#233. What do you think your pet might say if they could talk to you?
#234. Imagine your school is putting on a talent show. What act will you perform? What other acts will be in the show?
#235. If you could breathe under water, what would you do?
#236. What time of day do you think school should start? Write a convincing argument on why or why not the time of day school starts should change.
#237. If you were to start your own YouTube video channel, what would the videos on your channel be about?
#238. Do you like to cook? What are some things you like to make and eat?
#239. Your school is having a field day and you are in charge of planning the activities and games. What types of activities and games would you plan for the event?
#240. If you had a remote control drone that takes video of everything it sees from the sky and you could take it anywhere, what would you film? For example, the inside of a volcano or soar it over the plains of Africa.
#241. The Bermuda Triangle is an area of the ocean where many ships and planes have gone missing. Why do you think this could be? Write a story about what it might be like to travel there.
#242. There are 7 great wonders of the world – which one do you think is the most wonderful?
#243. If you could speak any foreign language fluently, which one would you like to speak and why?
#244. You are inventing a new flavor of ice cream! What is the new flavor called and what ingredients do you need to make it?
#245. Would you rather go to a baseball game or read a good book? What reasons do you have for your choice?
#246. You walk outside to get your mail and your mailbox starts talking to you! What does your mailbox have to say?
#247. Imagine you are a famous person. What are you most famous for? What is it like to be famous?
#248. What do you think would be the most fun job in the world to have? Give examples of why you think it would be a fun job to have.
#249. Write a poem about an object that is shiny and dazzling.
#250. Do you like to watch the Olympics? Why or why not? If yes, what is your favorite Olympic sport?
#251. What kind of car do you want to drive when you are older? Do you think learning to drive will be easy or hard?
#252. What do you think would make for a great gift to give someone on their birthday?
#253. Describe a time when you needed help and someone helped you. What did they help you with and how did it make you feel?
#254. If you could be any type of fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?
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#255. Do you think it is more important to have a good imagination or have all the facts proven?
#256. Do you have a favorite aunt, uncle, or another relative? Write a story about their life and why you like to be with them.
#257. Think of a time you laughed really, really hard. What was so funny? Why were you laughing? Write about it!
#258. Write a poem about an emotion. For example: happy, sad, angry, embarrassed, guilty.
#259. Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep? What are some things that help you feel sleepy?
#260. If you could drive a car, where would you drive and why?
#261. Imagine you are trading places with your friend for a day. What will it be like to be at their house? What will your friend think while they are at your house? Write about it!
#262. If you could break a world record, what would it be? What do you think would be necessary to be able to break the world record?
#263. Imagine you live in Colonial times. What would it be like to grow up as a kid in Colonial America?
#264. You are building a new city. What is the name of your city? What is the weather like? What buildings will you build?
#265. What do you think it would be like to work as a sailor on big ship in the ocean each day?
#266. Imagine you are the teacher for the day. What types of activities do you make the students in the class do?
#267. How would you feel if your parents told you that you would be getting a new baby brother or sister? Write about it!
#268. Do you know any good jokes? What are some of your favorite jokes? What makes them funny? Do you think you could write your own?
#269. Imagine you are floating down a river on a raft. What types of things can you see from the river that you normally wouldn’t see from the land?
#270. You want to start a new hobby collecting something. What kinds of things would you collect and why?
#271. Your mom announces she is having a yard sale. Would you let her sell any of your things? Why or why not?
#272. Imagine you walk out your front door one morning and it is raining popcorn! What do you do?
#273. You are camping in the woods one night and hear a scary noise. What do you do? What might be the cause?
#274. What do you think might make kids really happy to go to school? What are some things you think schools should do so that it could be more fun?
#275. Today’s lunch at the cafeteria was unusually horrible. You are a detective on the case to investigate. What do you think is the cause?
#276. If you had a tree that grows money, what would you do?
#277. What would you do if you had a unicorn as a pet?
#278. Would you rather go to the zoo or go to the aviary? Which one would you pick and why?
#279. What are some safety tips you should follow when riding a bike?
#280. You are designing the cover of a magazine. What are some of the headlines on the cover?
#281. Are you afraid of the dark? Why or why not?
#282. If you could learn to play any type of musical instrument, which one would you like to learn how to play and why?
#283. Imagine you are playing a sport that involves a ball, such as soccer, baseball or kickball. What would it be like if the ball could talk?
#284. You come home to discover a friendly alien has been living in your closet. What do you do? Why is there an alien in your closet?
#285. Is there something you are afraid of that you wish you weren’t afraid of? Write about it.
#286. Write about the best party you’ve ever been to. What made the day fun and special?
#287. What makes you feel loved and cared about? What are some ways people can show you that they love and care about you?
#288. There is a kite flying competition coming up and you are going to design your own kite. What will your kite look like? What colors will it be? Will it have any certain shape?
#289. You are given the challenge to drop an egg on the floor – without it breaking! What are some things you might try to make sure the egg won’t break?
#290. What are some of the things you can do every day to stay healthy?
#291. Do you think grown-ups are boring? Why do you think they are so boring all of the time? What is something fun that boring grown-ups could do instead of being so boring?
#292. Write a lyrical poem or song about what kids do while they are at school all day long.
#293. What are the first things you like to do when you are done with school each day? What are some of the activities you like when you are not at school?
#294. Imagine dinosaurs were still alive today. How do you think our lives would be different?
#295. Would you rather visit a volcano or a desert? Which one would you choose and why?
#296. Is there a sound you think is annoying? What types of sounds drive you crazy? Write about them!
#297. What do you think it would be like to be the size of an ant for a day? What types of things would you do?
#298. Imagine one of your stuffed animals comes to life and starts talking to you. What types of things will you talk about? What will you do?
#299. What makes you feel happiest? Write about the things in life that make you feel happy!
#300. Imagine there is no gravity. What kind of things would you do you for fun? How would some of the things you already do for fun be different?
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Parents and teachers, I hope you enjoyed these 300 writing prompts for kids and that you will use them to inspire your children’s creative imaginations.
These prompts of course can be used in a number of different ways and can be adapted for a variety of different styles of writing !
What do you think? Do you think these are good conversation and story starters for kids? Do you have any ideas for writing prompts you would like to share?
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We’d love to hear your thoughts on different creative writing ideas and topics for kids to write about! Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Chelle Stein wrote her first embarrassingly bad novel at the age of 14 and hasn't stopped writing since. As the founder of ThinkWritten, she enjoys encouraging writers and creatives of all types.
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These are awesome! I feel like answering the questions myself! Thanks a million!
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them! 🙂
Lovely and amazing help
I wrote all 300! but my fingers hurt badly now. :l But i got to admit these are exellent questions!
Hi. Thanks for this list. So many great ideas. I will definitely use some of them for my Language Arts class.
hi people THIS WAS SO LONG but so worth it for my class thx mate
This was great for homework
Thank you for the topics. It was really helpful
Your writing prompts are awesome
These are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely be using it with my kids.
Thank you! I hope they enjoy the writing prompts!
I love these, they are awesome and very helpful too. Thank you very much.
these questions hooked me on easily thanks your the best!
They are all good prompts
This is always good and improves the brain.
These are very useful and very enjoyable topics, i enjoy by giving these to my students , their creations are marvelous
It’s was very long but worth it
This is good. I love it. It helps me in my studies. I share it with my friends children that likes the writing. We love it. Please, think of another writing.
Thanks! Worth printing and providing for my middle school students as a first week of the year activity. Must have taken you ages to come up with all 300 of these!
I’m glad to hear you can use them for your students! It did take some time, but it’s well worth it knowing it might inspire kids to write! 🙂
You need a printable version of this!!
Hi Katelyn, we have one! https://gumroad.com/UBnsO Hope you enjoy!
The link doesn’t seem to be working for me… Could you send me a copy of the list, please?
Hi Tori, the printable version of this post is available as an ad-free paid upgrade – you can purchase it through my Gumroad store: https://gum.co/UBnsO
I quite liked your ideas, I’ll try a few, surely!
How long did it take for you guys to make 300 ideas?
Definitely took some time Vilenti, but it was definitely worth writing all of them! Our prompts reach over a million people a year and are used in literacy, poverty, and mental health programs worldwide. 🙂
These were awesome, thanks a TON
i have school work and this is one thing i do.
i do this for school work to
i do this for school work
Hello Chelle, thanks a lot for this. During these tough Covid times, I find your list to be a great idea to engage kids. Have got them started on some today. Hopefully this will be a long term engagement for them.
The prompts are grrrreat
This was really helpful i have looked for a lot of these, that have a lot of topics and only found one other good one and finished it all, i got to 17 and was like are they all this good! And they all are so thanks!
Glad you enjoyed them!
These are awesome
These are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.
I loved looking at these prompts!! They were very helpful. I am loving writing and supporting my claims with these prompts. You should post more ideas!! Thanks for sharing the prompts.
Do you have any more?
This really was think written
I’d like to use a few of your questions in a journal for adults that I am creating for sale. I will absolutely credit you at the beginning of the book. Is that okay with you or not? I don’t want to infringe on any copyright laws. I think I used about ten of them.
Hi Kristen, you cannot use these prompts for products for sale, that would definitely be an infringement on copyright. These prompts can only be used for non-commercial use.
this is the greatest app ever
I like all the questions
thank you for all the ideas they are so good
OMG These are all very good and many questions i like all these Thankyou soooooooooooo much for these
I’m in class doing this and it is so fun yes every body is doing this
I LOVE these! My daughter and I stumbled across a post full of fun writing prompts on another website but they were more geared for adults. This list is HUGE and perfect for us to tackle together. Thank you! ❤️
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Writing prompts are meant to unlock creativity. They’re story starters designed to inspire creative thinking. They can take you to places you’ve been or recall an important time in your life.
But mostly, they’re useful tools for teachers to inspire writing growth in students from grade school to high school.
“Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…”
It’s amazing how one simple sentence can send you on a journey to places you’ve never been, filled with untold possibilities.
Reading is great, but you know what’s even better? Giving your students the power to write stories for themselves.
Writing prompts for kids help students:
- Express themselves and their creativity
- Grasp lifelong literacy skills and concepts
- Tell their own stories and build self-confidence
- Develop a growth mindset when it comes to their writing skills
Writing is like a muscle — it takes practice to build up skills. Luckily, we put together a list of over 200 writing prompts to help your students get started. We’ve also organized them by middle school, high school and elementary school to help teachers decide whether these prompts are age-appropriate for their students.
Grade school writing prompts
Grade schoolers can definitely begin to address complex ideas when it comes to story writing — but you should seek to keep the prompts simple and straightforward.
Reluctant writers might be intimidated by complicated writing ideas — and this is an age where we should be encouraging creativity.
Creative writing prompts for elementary schoolers
Whether it’s exploring the furthest reaches of outer space, traveling across the Sahara desert or sticking a little closer to home, these creative writing prompts will have students imagining endless possibilities for their writing.
- Write about what your life would be like if you turned into a squirrel. What would you do every day?
- A strange spaceship just crashed and landed in your backyard. What happens next?
- Make up a story about where thunder comes from.
- You find an old notebook hidden in an attic. What does it say? Who did it belong to?
- You have a magic garden. What magical plants do you grow? How do you take care of them?
- Write a story about running away with the circus when it comes to town.
- Rewrite “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” from the perspective of one of the dwarfs (Happy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy and Bashful).
- There once was a little boy who ate nothing but oranges. What happened to him?
- Write a story about a magical hat. Where is it from? What does it do? What does it look like?
- You’re exploring the rainforest and come across a flower that no one’s ever seen before. Describe it!
- Tell me a story about a dinosaur living a long, long time ago.
- Tell me a story about an astronaut visiting another planet. Where are they going? How do they get there? What do they take with them?
- You discover a magic portal in the park. Where does it lead to?
- Pick a partner and write a story together! Start by writing the first sentence, then pass it to your partner to write the second sentence.
- You find buried treasure in the park, hidden in a big wooden chest. What kind of treasure is it? Who left it there?
- Write a story about a family that can travel in time.
- Write a story without using the letter “E”.
- Write the funniest story you can think of.
- There’s a kangaroo in your classroom. How did it get there? What happens when you find it?
- Write a story about an explorer who keeps getting lost. Where are they trying to go? What do they find along the way?
- Write a story about a wooden door, a can of soda and a blue shoe.
- If there was a magical portal in the back of your closet, where would it lead to?
- Finish this story: There was a knock on the door. I opened it to find a dog sitting there, and…
- You come home and find that everything in your house is upside down. What happened?
- Describe the color “red” without using the word “red”.
- There’s an old, abandoned house at the end of your street that’s been empty for years. One day, someone moves in.
- Rewrite the story of Cinderella from the perspective of the stepsisters.
- Write a backstory for Ed, the orange Prodigy mascot.
- You wake up one morning and find a mermaid in your bathtub. How did they get there? What do you do?
- Write a story about a monster looking for some friends.
- Oh no — your balloon blew away! Write about what happens from the balloon’s perspective.
- You and your friends are out for a walk when, out of nowhere, your friends start disappearing! What’s going on?
- Once upon a time, an old inventor built a weather machine. It sat undiscovered for years — until you found it. What happens next?
- You just ate a cookie that turned you 15 feet tall. What do you do next?
Fun writing prompts for grade schoolers
Everyday life is full of great inspiration for writing! Get students thinking with these easy and fun writing prompts.Write about something you are good at.
- If you could write a book about anything, what would you write about?
- If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
- Do you have a favorite animal? Tell me all about it! Why do you like it?
- What would you do if you woke up one morning and everything was pink — including you?
- What food can you not live without? Why?
- If you could add any class to your school schedule, what would it be?
- Invent a new day of the week. What is it called? When is it? What do people usually do on that day of the week?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
- If you could spend a Saturday doing anything you wanted, what adventures would you get up to?
- If you could have any wild animal as a pet, what would you choose? Why?
- What's your favorite, wacky food?
- Where is your favorite place to read? Why?
- What was the coolest day of school for you? What made it exciting?
- Which of your toys do you wish could talk? What would they say?
- If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it look like?
- Invent a machine to do a chore for you. What does the machine do? What does it look like?
- What's your favorite season? What makes it the best?
- What is your favorite math game and why?
- Describe your real-life superpower.
- Finish the story: When I'm older I want to be an expert in…
- If pets could talk to each other, what would they say?
- If you were the captain of a ship, what would you call your ship? What would it look like? Where would you go?
- If your pet could talk to you, what do you think it would say?
- If you were the only person on earth for one day, what would you do?
- Plan the perfect birthday party for yourself.
- What is your favorite thing to do over summer break?
- Describe your ideal birthday cake.
- If you could add any type of room to your house, what would it be?
- What’s your favorite movie and why?
Persuasive writing prompts for elementary school
Are your students’ opinions up for debate? Ask them to flex their critical thinking skills with these persuasive writing prompts. Once they’re done, get class discussion flowing with a spirited debate!
- Write a letter convincing your parents to let you get a pet dog. What arguments do you use to persuade them?
- Convince your teacher that you should be allowed an extra 15 minutes of recess.
- Convince your best friend to read your favorite book.
- How would you convince someone to do your chores for you?
- Write a commercial for your favorite breakfast food. What would convince someone else to try it?
- What flavor of chips is the best? Why?
- What would make a better pet — a monkey or a peacock?
- Do you think children should be allowed to stay up as late as they want?
- What’s your favorite holiday and why should it be everyone’s favorite?
- Convince us that your favorite food should be a staple in everyone’s diet.
As students enter middle school, they’re starting to feel like bigger, older kids. They can start writing original short stories and abstract persuasive essays.
It’s best to inspire creativity at this age and encourage them to explore their own voice and different writing styles. These prompts will definitely go a long way in inspiring that.
Creative Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers
- Invent a new type of transportation for the future. Who uses it? Where does it go?
- If you had a time machine, where would you visit first — the past or the future? Why?
- You get on the bus and find a four-piece jazz band giving a concert. What do you do?
- Design and name your own Prodigy pet . What element are they? What’s their special power?
- Finish this story: “Something just touched my foot,” they shouted, swimming frantically towards the shore.
- Write a silly or scary story to tell around a campfire.
- Finish this story: Everything was going so well today — until I tripped and fell, right in front of…
- Throughout your adventures as a pirate on the high seas, you’ve seen lots of strange and magical creatures. Which one was the most interesting?
- Deep in the heart of a dark and mysterious cave, there lies a magic stone. Write about your quest to find it.
- Write an acrostic poem using the word “strawberry.”
- There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She knit and she baked, but what else did she do?
- Finish this story: “One thing I’ll never do again,” she said, “Is go on vacation with an alpaca.”
- Make up a new planet and describe it.
- Write a story about a family of penguins living on an iceberg.
- Write a story about a girl who can walk through walls.
- You’ve been invited to a ball at the Queen’s palace! What is it like?
- Imagine you’re exploring the Amazon jungle. Write a diary entry about your day.
- If you could invent a TV show, what would it be about?
- You discovered an underwater kingdom! What is it like there?
- A lonely trumpet player makes friends with the dancer who lives next door. What happens next?
- You go to the park to fly a kite, but get carried away by the wind! What happens next?
- Write a story about a volcano that’s about to erupt.
- Write a story about visiting an old lady who lives deep in the woods.
- Boom, you’re a superhero! Give yourself an origin story, describe your superpowers and plan what you’ll do to make the world a better place.
- Write a story using these six words: calendar, headphones, lipstick, mug, bear.
- You wake up to find you’re invisible. How did it happen? What do you do?
- There’s been a robbery at the bank, and you’re in charge of finding the culprit. How do you solve the case?
- Finish the story: Once upon a time, there was a dragon...
- You just joined a super-secret spy organization. What’s your first mission?
- Write a story about being cold without using the word “cold.”
- You’re a scientist and you’ve just discovered a new type of bug. Describe what it looks like, where it’s from and what you’re going to call it.
- Imagine a world where all the birds can talk. What would they say?
- Write about what happens after the end of your favorite book or movie.
- Finish the story: She sprinted down the driveway to the mailbox. The package was here!
- You’re on a hike and a bird starts talking to you. What do you do? What does it say?
- Write a story using these five words: bubblegum, stapler, spoon, lightbulb, strawberry.
- You ate a magical carrot and your skin turned orange! What happens next?
- Write about what it would be like if you had an elephant for a pet.
Fun Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers
- If you were in charge of the classroom for a day, what would your class do?
- Tell me about the last dream you had.
- You’re trapped on a desert island. What three things did you bring with you and why?
- What mythical creature would you like to have as a pet? Why?
- Invent a new type of pasta. What does it look like? What does it taste like?
- If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? Make a plan and tell the story of your dream vacation.
- Plan the perfect picnic. Where would it be? What food would you have?
- If you could decorate your bedroom any way you wanted, what would it look like?
- Write a story that sounds loud, using onomatopoeia (words that sound like their meaning, like crash, snort, bang and boom.)
- Invent a new type of cookie. What does it taste like?
- Invent a new sport. What is it called? What are the rules?
- How would you disguise yourself to blend in with a forest?
- You just won a special award from the president. What did you do to earn that award?
- Do you collect anything? What is it and why? If not, what would you like to collect?
- You just found a genie in a bottle. What three things would you wish for? (Remember, no wishing for extra wishes!
- Explain how to play your favorite sport or do your favorite hobby. Make it as exciting as possible!
- Describe the most beautiful sunrise or sunset you’ve ever seen.
- If you could live in any book or movie, which one would you choose and why?
- Imagine that you’re going on a camping trip. What do you pack to make sure the trip is fun?
- If you could invent a robot to do any chore, what chore would it be? How would the robot do it?
- Would you rather it was always raining, or always snowing?
- Imagine you’re a toy inventor. What will you create?
- Would you rather climb to the top of a mountain or go scuba diving?
- Interview a family member about their childhood, then write it as a story.
- What was your favorite toy growing up — why was it so special to you?
Persuasive Writing Prompts for Middle School
- If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be and why?
- Is it better to read the book before you watch the movie, or watch the movie before you read the book?
- Persuade someone to try out your favorite hobby or sport.
- What’s the best way to try and persuade a friend to do what you want to do?
- When is peer pressure good? When is peer pressure bad?
- Is it better to have lots of friends, or just a few really good friends?
- Should students be in charge of what they learn in school?
High school students can either be tasked with more complex writing prompts or breathe nuance into simple story ideas. Students can drive these prompts in a million different ways.
So while not necessarily more complicated than middle school, these prompts can be tweaked, either by the student or teacher, to encourage thought-provoking output.
Creative Writing Prompts for High Schoolers
- Write a story about someone your age who lives on the other side of the world.
- Pick up the nearest book and turn to page 7. Close your eyes and point to a random word on the page, then write a story about that word.
- Write a story in ten words or less.
- You fell asleep for 100 years. What does the world look like when you wake up?
- Finish the story: “This isn’t what I hoped would happen,” she said….
- You’re walking down the street when you see someone who looks exactly like you.
- Write a story where the main character learns something new about themselves.
- Write a story that takes place in the desert.
- Write a story about a day where everything seems to go wrong.
- Write a poem about the color blue.
- How would your life be different if you didn’t have access to a computer, video games or your phone?
Fun writing prompts for high schoolers
- You win a million dollars, but there’s a catch — you have to spend it all in 24 hours, or you lose all the money. What do you do?
- Write about something you or your family does from the perspective of someone from another country.
- If you could make up a new holiday, when would it be and what would it celebrate?
- Go out on a nature walk and find a tree. Write the story of that tree, from the time it was a seed until now.
- What’s the most boring superpower you can think of? How would it be useful?
- If you could pass any law, what would it be?
- You meet yourself in the future, as a grown-up at age 35 — what do you talk about?
- If you had to show aliens the most important/best things in the world, what would you show them?
- Who is your hero and why?
- Write about the best surprise you ever got.
- What are three good things you can do for the environment? How can you encourage the people around you to do good things for the environment?
- What is your earliest memory? Write down as many details as you can remember.
- If you could take two people – real or fictional – on a cross-country road trip, who would you take? Where would you go?
- If you could have any job in the world tomorrow, what would you do?
- What is the best thing about living in your city or neighbourhood?
- Write a letter to your 30-year-old self. What do you think you’ll accomplish by then?
- Teach me how to make your favorite recipe.
- Describe the sound of your favorite song using descriptive words.
Persuasive writing prompts for high school
- Should kids be allowed to use social media unsupervised? Why or why not?
- Persuade someone to start a healthy habit, or get rid of a bad one.
- Should all single-use plastics be outlawed? Why or why not?
- Should our school have a dress code? Why or why not?
- Is it more important to be right or to not hurt someone else’s feelings?
- What important historical figure do you think belongs on the ten-dollar bill?
- Do you think you’re born with your personality traits, or do you gain them as you grow up?
- Should mobile apps be responsible for protecting your privacy — why or why not?
Social emotional learning journal prompts
School is about more than just books and quizzes — it’s about preparing students for the rest of their lives. Social emotional learning teaches them how to build good relationships with peers, understand and control their emotions and make healthy life decisions.
Journaling is a great way for students to reflect on their feelings in a safe, private space. Use these journaling prompts as thought starters for more social emotional learning!
Check out our list of the 25 best social emotional learning activities for students here.
- Tell me about a tradition you have with your family or friends.
- What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
- Have you ever found something that you lost? How did you feel when you found it?
- What is something you haven’t learned this school year that you’re still wondering about?
- What do you do when you’re angry? Write about three ways you calm yourself down.
- Where do you feel the safest? Why do you feel safe there?
- Write a poem to make a friend happy.
- When was the last time you were kind to someone? How can you be kind to someone today?
- How are you feeling today? Are you happy, sad, excited or anxious?
- If you could give your best friend a present, what would it be?
- What are the qualities you look for in a friend? Why is it important to be a good friend?
- What does responsibility mean to you?
- Who do you talk to when you’re worried about something? How do they make you feel better?
- If you could make a card for anyone in your life, who would it be for and what would it say?
- What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
- Write about a time you had to make a hard decision. How did you make your decision?
- What do you do to make yourself happy when you’re sad?
- Write about a time you were disappointed.
- What are three things that make your best friend awesome?
- What do you think empathy means? Why is it important?
- How can you cheer up a friend who is sad?
- What makes you a good friend? How can you be a better friend?
- What’s the best piece of advice a friend, parent or teacher has ever given you?
- Write three goals for the rest of the school year. How are you going to accomplish them?
- What does responsibility mean to you? What are you responsible for at school and at home?
- What person in your life makes you feel confident?
- What scares you? How can you overcome your fears?
- Tell me about a time when you tried something new. How did it feel? Did you do it again?
Math writing prompts for kids
Whether it’s tackling word problems or explaining a new concept, writing is a surprisingly good tool for the math classroom.
A math journal can help you understand what students already know, while giving them space to work through tricky concepts on their own. Use these writing prompts to promote literacy in every subject — and help students avoid math anxiety .
- Tell me everything you know about ________.
- Explain, in words, how to solve this problem.
- What is and isn’t true about this situation?
- What is _______?
- Explain two different ways to solve this problem. Which one is better?
- What did you get correct in this problem?
- What mistakes did you make while solving this problem?
- What do you not understand about _____?
- Write a word problem using the concept we’re learning about.
- What did you learn today?
- How do you use math in your everyday life?
- What is the easiest/hardest part of math class?
- What discoveries did you make in math class today?
Final thoughts on writing prompts for kids
Writing prompts aren’t the end of the story — they’re just the beginning. Encourage your students to build a regular writing practice, and soon you’ll see the benefits in every class.
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127 Story Starters & Writing Prompts for Kids (Ages 10 – 14)
Coming up with story starters for kids can be difficult. This article provides 127 writing prompts that can get kids’ creative writing off to a great start. Download my three great creative writing lesson plans that I use as a supply teacher. They’re easy-to-use lessons that you can teach on the go.
Article Key Points
- Select from the list of 127 writing prompts below for story ideas that you like.
- Put these writing ideas in a hat and have students randomly pick out their assigned story.
- Use the 3 lesson plans provided for a ready-made creative writing lesson. Great for supply teachers!
You can get my printable story starters sheet at the end of this article
A full list of 127 story starters and writing prompts for kids
Writing prompts for adventure stories.
- A princess who needs to rescue a puppy from a river.
- A family on a road trip who got lost and ended up on a whole new adventure.
- Two friends who go on an adventure down a river on a rowboat.
A superhero who lost his superpowers in the middle of a rescue.
- A kid who wakes up one day to find out he / she was turned into a dog.
- The day in the life of an inanimate object (tree, statue, etc.).
- Three friends who can time travel forward in time. What will the world look like when they arrive?
The main character of your story has to escape a pirate ship after being captured in the night.
- Pioneers travelling the whole way across a new land in just a wagon. What challenges will they face?
- You’re a detective trying to uncover a crime: someone stole grandma’s apple pie when it was cooling on the windowsill!
- You walk past a phone booth that is ringing. You answer the phone. Who is on the other end?
You wake up one day to find out that you grew and you’re suddenly 12 feet tall! You try to go to school but you find life’s hard as a giant…
- A giant and a mouse live in a house together and are best friends. Tell a story about them preparing dinner together. What would each eat, and how would their preparations be different?
- You’re half way up Mount Everest when you drop your pack with all your climbing gear off a cliff. What are you going to do about it?
- A dorky kid suddenly develops superpowers and fights crime in the city at night.
A talking dog and his best friend race against time to defuse a bomb.
- A firefighter is in a race against time to put out a fire before it burns down a magical forest full of talking animals (who help him / her to put out the fire!). Help him put out the fire safely !
- You are walking along the beach and find a message in a bottle. The message provides the directions to something special – follow the directions!
- Write a story about a refugee. They have recently had to flee their home to go to a safer place. Explain their journey.
You wake up one day and you’re only 6 inches tall! Write the story of what happens next – will you go on an adventure? Will you go to school? What will your parents say when they see you?
- Write a story about being lost in a maze. How did it make you feel? What did you come across as you turned corners in your attempt to escape?
- You’re going camping but you’re only allowed to bring 5 belongings. What would you bring, and why?
- You’re the only survivor of a plane that has crashed in the wilderness. Describe how you will survive.
You’re a book that keeps getting passed from person to person and bookshop to bookshop. What sorts of people read your book and what crazy places do you end up going?
- You’re 5 feet tall and live in a garden. How will you make your own comfortable little home in amongst the leaves?
- You’ve found yourself trapped in a prison cell. What creative ways will you come up with to escape?
- You dig a hole in your backyard and find a treasure. What is the treasure and what will you do with it?
You have to set up a new colony on Mars. Who would you take with you and what struggles will you have setting up your new colony? Who would be king? What would be the rules?
- You have magical pockets. Every time you put your hand in your pocket, you pull something else out! Write a story of the 5 different, random things you pull out of your pockets. Will some of them be slimy and scary? Will some be alive? Will some be tasty?
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Writing prompts for stories about your life
- Your favorite memory with your family.
- The best vacation or adventure you ever had.
- A time you went to the dentist.
Your two favorite movies (and how they’re similar and different).
- What you think would happen at a dinner party involving any three of your favorite people (living or dead).
- Your hero and why they’re your hero.
- Write a story about your ideal day. Start with your alarm going off to wake you up, and end with you closing your eyes and falling asleep.
The happiest moment of your life. What was it that made you so happy?
- What a day in your life would be like if you had your dream job.
- You have swapped jobs with one of your parents. You have to go to work for the day and they have to go to school. What funny things will happen?
- Write a story about a dream you have had in your past. Was it a logical story, or did your dream defy the rules of the world? If you can’t remember your dream, you can make it up or fill in the gaps.
Write a story about a time you were wrong and how you felt. Were you glad you learned something new? Were you ashamed? Did you apologize?
- Write a story about your favorite place. If you don’t have a favorite place, invent one and explain why it would be your favorite place.
- Write about a skill you recently learned. Was it frustrating? After learning the skill how did you feel? How do you use the skill in your life now?
- Write a story about the things you think about just before you go to sleep at night.
Write about exactly what you’re going to do when you get home from school today.
- Write a story about all the things you’re grateful for and why you’re grateful for each one.
- Write about the moment your parents or grandparents met and how they felt at that time. If you don’t know about it, make it up!
- Write about your first day at high school or university. What will your emotions be? Will you meet anyone?
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Writing prompts for imaginative stories
- What you would do if you could travel back in time to hang out with one of your ancestors.
- You have a metal detector and are using it on a beach. What do you turn up? Describe it and what you would do with it.
- You invent your own tree house. Describe it – how do you get into it? How many rooms are there and what is in each room?
You could travel back in time to any time in world history. What is it and why?
- You meet a fairy who gives you any one gift – what would it be and how would you use it?
- You just bought a haunted house and are about to spend your first night in it. It’s run down and creepy. Describe your first night, starting with when you step in the door at 5 pm.
- You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island with only 5 of your belongings. Which would they be and why?
Imagine an older version of you has traveled back in time and has come to give you advice. What advice will they give you and what will your conversation be like?
- Imagine you’re a farmer. Describe the farm animals or plants you would farm and a day in your life.
- Write a story about having fear of the grass, but needing to walk through a park. How will you get across the park without touching the grass!?
- Imagine it’s the world 2100 and climate change has changed the climate where you live. Describe the new climate, the new plants that grow there, and whether it’s extremely hot or extremely cold!
Imagine an ice age has arrived and the whole world is -30 degrees! How will you live? In an igloo? What clothes would you wear? Would the cities be made of ice? Explain a day in the life.
- You have created your own personal robot. What does the robot do and how does this improve your life?
- You wake up one day and the only people left in the world are 3 of your closest friends. How will you survive?
- Your house has been converted into a spaceship and you’re flying to the mysterious planet Obertoron. What is the climate like in this new planet? What challenges do you face settling into this new planet?
You are in the middle of a lesson at school when … suddenly gravity stops working and everything starts floating into the air!
- You can breathe underwater and go on underwater adventures to a city under the sea. You’re on a mission to save the city from an evil octopus.
- You wake up in the morning and suddenly you’re 30 years old. What is a day in the life of the 30 year old version of you?
- Make up the rules of your own sport. You can get inspiration from real sports or a made up sport like Quidditch.
Write a story about the most peaceful place you could imagine. What is surrounding you that makes it so peaceful?
- Peter Pan flies in through the window to teach you to fly. Describe how it feels to fly out the window and look down on the streets below.
- You’re in a garbage dump sifting for goodies. What do you find and what do you do with it?
- You receive a mysterious item in the mail. Describe the item and why you might have received it.
You can read minds. What are the thoughts in the heads of people around you? Are you glad you can read minds, or will you end up regretting it?
- You’re born into royalty and will be the future king or queen. How are people treating you and what will be your responsibilities? Are you happy about being the future monarch, or will you end up just wishing you were a normal person.
- You’re the president, king or prime minister for the day. What will you do today to improve your society or change the world?
- Invent your own movie. What is the main character’s name and what is the movie’s plot? How will the movie end?
Imagine you’re a mermaid for a day. What sea creatures would you talk to? Where would you sleep and live under the sea?
- Imagine you are a teacher. What would you teach and why?
- Imagine you have a secret hatch under your bed that takes you into your own private cave. What will you keep in your cave that makes it the prefect secret room for you?
- Imagine you woke up one morning and there was no electricity for the next year. What would change about your life?
Write a story that involves the following 5 objects: a foot, a lake, a spaceship, a pizza, and a dinosaur.
- Imagine you’re from a tribe that has never had contact with anyone else in the world. You go for a walk and stumble upon a city. Explain how you feel and what you see.
- Everything you touch with your right hand turns to candy. Write about a day in your life and the sorts of issues you might come across during your day.
- You feel the emotions of all the people around you. Write about a day walking through a city, the people you see, and how your emotions go up and down like a roller coaster.
- Imagine your toys have come to life (like in Toy Story!) What sorts of things will they get up to while you’re at school?
Writing prompts for descriptive stories
- Write a story about the weather. Choose one type of weather (thunderstorm, sunny day, humidity, rain) and describe it. Use adverbs, adjectives and superlatives to describe how the weather makes you feel.
- Write a story about a delicious feast you made for your friends. What will be served? Describe its taste in your mouth. Don’t forget to describe the appetizers, main course and dessert!
- Pretend you are the god of your own little world and you can invent an animal. What would its features be? Think about its head, body and limbs. Don’t forget to describe its skin (fur? Scales? hair?), eyes, mouth (or is it a beak or bill?), ears, fingers, etc.
You are on the train observing other people and listening in to their conversations. Describe the people on the train and what they’re doing with their lives.
- You are Santa Claus and you’re reading children’s wish lists. Describe three different children’s wish lists. The children need to have different personalities and this needs to be reflected in their wish list.
- You’ve been given $100 to spend in the supermarket. Start the story of you walking down the aisle trying to pick out what you want. First you’ll describe 7 objects that you find, but then you can only choose 3. Explain your choice.
- Describe the taste of chocolate to someone who has never tasted it before. How will you explain it?
You’ve met someone who has never smiled before. Explain to them how to smile without using the word ‘smile’.
- Describe what it’s like to see to someone who was born blind.
- Describe what it’s like to hear to someone who was born deaf.
- You start your own club. What would the club be, and what would be the conditions for entry to the club?
You’re about to take an exam. Describe your feelings before the exam begins, then your feelings during the exam, and finally your feelings after you leave!
- You’re walking through a refugee camp. Describe what you see.
- Write a story about how you feel on the first warm, sunny day of the year.
- Describe snow to someone who has never seen or touched it.
Write a story about how it feels to be cold to someone who’s from Jamaica and has never felt the cold!
- Write a story about how it feels to be hot to someone from the North Pole who’s never felt the heat!
- You invent your own board game . What is the theme and what are the rules?
- Describe what it feels to walk through a city to someone who has never been in the city before.
Describe what it feels like to be all alone in the forest to someone who’s never been in among trees before.
- You move into a new house and have to set up your new bedroom. What would its theme be? What posters would you put on the walls?
- You’re an architect and can design your dream house. What would it look like? What rooms would there be? What cool things would you include in your new house?
- If there was one thing you could invent, what would it be? Describe it and how it is used.
A fire has started in your home. You can only save 3 of your belongings. What are they and why would you save them?
- You make a new friend. Describe the friend’s personality and why you like them so much.
- You have to plan a birthday party for yourself. What will be the party’s them? Where will it be?
- You can invent your own car. What special features will it have that will make it your ideal car?
You are going to go a full year without creating and trash. Write about the lifestyle changes you will make in order to prevent making trash. How will you get food without wrappings?
- There is a new kid who has arrived at school today. Write about what you will do to make them feel welcome.
- You have to buy Christmas gifts for all of your family members. Describe what the gifts will be and why you think they’re ideal for each family member.
- You can change your style to any style you like: what would you wear, what would your hair look like, and what sort of music would you listen to?
Describe what it’s like to feel hungry to someone who’s never felt hunger before in their life.
- You have $50 to buy food for a week. What foods will you buy and why? Will you focus on health food to keep yourself healthy, or binge on junk that tastes so yummy?
- Imagine you work for the post office. What is a day in your life? What dogs will you come across? What different sorts of letters will you deliver? Happy letters? Sad letters?
- Describe what it feels like to take a shower to someone who’s never had a shower before.
It’s opposite day and you have to lie about everything. What sorts of trouble are you going to get into from all of your lies?
- Explain how you would start a fire without a lighter or matches.
- Describe the feeling of being sticky to someone who has never felt the feeling of being sticky. You can’t use the word ‘sticky’.
- Describe the feeling of being dirty to someone who has never felt being dirty. You can’t use the word ‘dirty’.
Write a story about how it feels to be bullied, and someone who arrives and is kind to you. Describe how it feels to have a friend who is kind after you’ve been bullied.
- You have been asked to create a new game show on TV (Think: Family Feud or Wheel of Fortune). What will be the rules of your new game show?
- You are a genetic scientist and can create a new fruit. Describe the fruit: how it feels, tastes, and looks. What does the tree that it grows on look like? In what climate does it grow?
- You’re an architect and you’ve been asked to design the ideal playground. What sort of cool play equipment will you place in your playground?
3 Great Writing Prompts and Story Starter Lesson Plans
Lesson 1: mix-and-match story starter lesson.
Printable 1: Fun Story Stater and Writing Prompt Mix-and-Match Lesson (Takes you to a Google Doc)
This lesson plan download has a list of mix-and-match story starters. Cut up each story element and put them into three hats: Character, Setting and Plot (you might also want to read my article about about all 8 elements of a story ). The students are blindfolded and must take one story element out of each hat and make a story out of the three elements they get!
Lesson 2: Planning your Creative Story Plot
Printable 2: Story Planning Template (Takes you to a Google Doc)
Teach students about the important elements of a story using this story planning lesson template. Your students need to describe their main character, plot and setting before they tell their story. It’s a great scaffold to ensure your students follow the conventions of story writing.
Lesson 3: Random Creative Writing Story Prompts
Printable 3: A List of 127 Story Starters (Takes you to a Google Doc)
I love this one for an easy afternoon. Simply cut up the 127 creative writing story ideas below, place them in a hat, and have students close their eyes and pick out the story that they will have to write about.
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Hundreds of Awesome Creative Writing Topics for kids
Creative writing is a great way for children to express themselves using imagination. At Kids Play and Create, we value young writers, and we are constantly updating our list to bring you new, fun, and imaginative writing prompts for kids.
We have story starters, icebreakers, fiction writing prompts, and fun topics to inspire kids through writing. From young students to middle school students and even high school, we have great writing prompts for all writing styles and even the most reluctant writers.
We started out with 50 creative writing topics for kids but have added many more. Check back regularly for newly added writing topics.
Check the end of the article for updated Creative Writing Topics for Teens. Are you looking for Creative Writing topics for 1st grade and 2nd grade with free printables? We have that too!
What is Creative Writing?
Creative writing can be used to explain many types of writing. It is a writing style that lets the writer express themselves. Some forms of creative writing entertain the reader, while others are therapeutic. Creative writing lets the writer use their imagination and takes the reader on a journey into their thoughts.
Is Creative Writing Important?
Creative writing is a great way to learn more about the children you work with. You can find out things about what they like and don’t like. Depending on the topic you choose, you can also find out things about their personality, what kind of friends they are, how they feel about themselves, and if they set goals and more.
There are many benefits to writing. Creative writing helps build critical thinking skills and writing skills. These writing prompts will build a child’s confidence to write their own stories.
How do you get kids to want to write without complaining? Give them fun topics that they will learn about themselves while writing. On this list, you will find various good topics for both younger and older children.
Creative Writing is fun for All Ages.
Creative writing isn’t just for older children. It can be for the little ones too. Young students as early as Preschool or Kindergarten may not have the ability to write but can express themselves through drawing.
Have young students concentrate less on the writing and more on drawing a picture that goes with the topic. Children are great at expressing themselves through art.
Awesome Creative Writing Prompts for Elementary Students
1. Have the children write on top of the page: I Am Special Because… This is a good topic to help children express themselves.
Have the children think about why they are special and ask themselves questions, here are some examples: what am I good at? Who have they helped? How have I made a difference? What special talent do I have?
2. If I was a superhero, what kind of superhero would I be, and what powers would I have? (This can also be done using villains)
Examples of powers they can write about: are flying, super speed, eye lasers, walking through walls, shooting ice, shooting fire, changing the weather, camouflage, shapeshifting (changing shape), and turning invisible.
Activity: Keep track of who chose a superhero or a villain. Do not let the children know that another activity will follow after the writing activity. When the writing activity is over, split the children into two teams, the superhero team and the villain team. Have them vs. each other in a game of tag. Who will champion the superheroes or the villains?
3. What do I want to be when I grow up and why? This a great way to get to know children. By asking what they want to be when they grow up, you can find out what the children like. It’s also a great way for children to start thinking about the future.
4. If you were given three wishes, what would they be and why? This is a fun topic. Children can think about having anything in the world. Will they pick something like peace on earth or go the million-dollar route?
5. If I could invent a new animal, what animal would it be? Have the children ask themselves the following questions: What does the animal look like (what color, is it big or small, is it a combination of two animals)? What sounds does the animal make? What does it eat? Where does it live? Describe the animal’s habitat.
Creative Writing Topics for Kids
6. If I could invent a new toy, what kind of toy would I create and why? Or, If I could improve a toy, which toy would I improve, and how would I make it better? You can talk to the children about the creative process: First, you come up with an idea, then you have to get it made. You can talk to the children about manufacturing toys. Here are some questions you can ask the children about improving a toy. How do you want to make the toy better? Do you want to make the remote control car faster? Is the game challenging enough? Do you want your doll to have more features or do more? These are all questions you can ask the children to get their brains thinking.
7. If I could make something disappear in my life, what would it be and why? Ask the children if there is something in your life that makes them unhappy. Is there a problem you are having?
8. All About me essay. Some sample questions the children can ask are: What are my likes and dislikes? What is my favorite subject in school? What do I want to be when I group up? Who is their favorite actress/actor? Where do they want to visit? They can name the people in their family, talk about any extracurricular activities they do, etc.
In what ways do I help my family? Have children write about the ways they help their families. Do you have chores? If so, what are they? Do you help your mom or dad cook? Do you talk out the garbage? Do you take care of your siblings? Do you have a job to help pay bills?
10. How can I be a better friend? Have children think about what type of friends they are. Are they good listeners? Are you kind? Do you talk about your friends to other people? Have them think about how they would like to be treated by a friend, do they treat their friends the way they want to be treated?
The Best Creative Writing Topics for 4th and 5th grade
11. If you could be invisible, what would you do and why? Have the children think about what it would be like to be invisible. Would they use this new power for good or would they try to do something bad?
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12. What do you think about bullies and why? Have the children define what a bully is to them in their paper. Do they think they are a bully? Do they think bullying is wrong? Remember, these are things the children are feeling, there are no wrong answers.
13. Why is it important to be honest and not lie? To them, the children with their writing ask them the following questions. What does it mean to be honest? Have you ever told a lie that turned into another lie?
14. What would you do if you won a million dollars? This question is usually a favorite topic with the children. Ask them if they think one million dollars is a lot of money. Depending on where you live, it might be just enough to buy a small house and a car. What are some things you would buy? Would you save some or spend it all?
15. If you could change the world, what would you do and why? This is a good question for older children. Would they change things, such as ending hate and violence in the world? Would they change things such as making gas or food free for everyone? You will get various answers, making this a fun and interesting topic.
Fun Writing Prompts Ideas
16. If you were a king/queen, what would you do and why? This is a fun topic for both younger and older children. Activity: Have the children draw their kingdom and a picture of them as king or queen
17. If you could invent a video game, what kind of game would you create and why? This topic is also great for older children and young er children. Children love playing video games, they may not realize that they can make video games for a living. Talk to the children about video game developers and the process of creating video games. Have them brainstorm ideas for games, and find out what they can come up with.
18. Write about a time when you had to be brave, what did you do, and how did it feel? Ask the children if they have ever been afraid. What were they afraid of? Did something scary happen to them? What did they do to get through it?
19. Write about a trip to the moon, how did you get there, what did you see, it was fun or scary?
20. Write about something you are good at?
21. Write about one thing you want to learn about?
22. Write about a time when you worked hard to get something. This can be a thing or an accomplishment, like making a team, finally getting that cartwheel, or passing a test.
23. Write about five things you could be better at if you worked hard and gave more effort. There is always room for improvement. Talk to the children about the importance of trying hard and working towards a goal.
24. If you had to give away $1,000, what would you do with it, who would you give it to? This is a great question when talking to children about being kind and helping others.
Journal Prompts or Kids
25. What is the best thing someone has ever given to you?
26. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
27. Write about what you can teach others. Everyone is good at something. This question helps children think about what they’re good at and how they can help others.
28. Did you ever get into an argument with a friend or family member? How did that make you feel?
29. Did you ever hurt someone’s feelings? Explain what happened and how it made you feel.
30. Did someone ever hurt your feelings? How did it make you feel? Did you talk to that person about it?
31. Is there anyone you would like to switch places with? who and why?
32. What does it mean to be loyal?
33. When was a time you were loyal to a friend or a friend who was loyal to you?
34. What famous person would you like to meet? Write about a day spent with a famous person.
Self-Esteem Writing Topics
34. Has a friend ever betrayed you? How did it make you feel? What do you think your friend should have done differently?
35. Have you ever been friends with someone who was unpopular or not part of the group? This is a great question to ask children when teaching them about acceptance and how it feels not to be part of a group.
36. When was a time you felt you were treated unfairly? How did it make you feel?
37. Is it fair to give someone a head start in a race? When is it fair? When is it not fair?
38. Write about a time when you had a strong opinion about something? Why did you feel so strongly about it?
39. Write about a time you made a big mistake. How did you fix it? Everyone makes mistakes. This writing topic helps children understand that mistakes are part of the learning experience.
40. Write about a time when you were very angry. What happened? How did being angry make you feel? I find that many times children will feel sad when they are angry. Did I make a good choice when I was angry? This is a great writing topic when discussing feelings with children. It is important for them to understand that anger isn’t wrong, and you are allowed to feel angry.
41. If you heard a rumor about a friend you knew wasn’t true, what would you do? How would it make you feel?
42. Write about a time when you cheered someone up. What did you do? How did it make you feel? How did it make that person feel?
43. Write about a time you used your inner strength to get through a tough situation.
44. Write about three things that are hard for you and why.
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45. When was the last time you were afraid? What scared you? How did you react?
46. What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
47. Who is your hero, and why?
48. What do you think risk-taking is? Have you ever taken a risk?
49. Write about your best friend. Who are they, how long have you known them, and why are they your best friend?
50. What does it mean to have good character? Do you think you have good character, why?
Short Story Writing Topics for Kids
51. Think about something you are not allowed to do but wish you could. Write about why you want to do it and why you should be allowed to do it.
52. If you could be on a t.v show, which one would it be and why?
53. If you had to choose to be one age for the rest of your life which age would you want to be? Why?
54. If you could pick the perfect job, what would it be?
55. You just found a treasure map, write about what you would do next. Do you decide to look for the treasure? Who is going to help you? What supplies do you need? Did the map lead you to the treasure, or was it fake? If you found the treasure, what was it? What did you do with it?
56. You just built a time machine. Where in time would you go? What did you do? What did you see? Would you want to stay there or come back to the present time?
57. You just discovered a new land. What are you going to call your land? What kind of animals live there? Have you discovered anything on your land? What are you going to build on your new land?
58. Challenge the kids to write a scary story.
59. If you are working with younger children, instead of having them write, you can have them draw and answer questions about their drawing. Try some of these topics.
1 Create a monster. Your monster can be silly, scary, funny, big, little, colorful, etc.. What is your monster’s name? What does your monster eat? Where does your monster live? Is your monster nice or mean? You can write the answers to the questions on the paper for the child or have them come up and share their drawing, while they are showing their picture, ask them questions about their monster.
2. Create an animal. This is the same as the monster but just an animal instead.
3. Create new food. What kind of food is it? Is it a dessert, is it something spicy, is it a combination of both? Have the children draw a picture of their new food.
Group Writing Prompts for Kids
I’ve been working with kids on group writing and art projects. The kids enjoyed these topics the best.
58. Create a fairy tale. have each group member write one part of the story. Then have each member of the group draw one part of the story. When the children are finished writing, have them come up in front of the class and retell their story.
59. Create an amusement park. Discuss as a group the name of the park. Have each member of the group write about the parts of the park.
A. What is the theme of your park? Adventure, thrill rides, water rides, safari, etc.
B. Write about the type of rides in the park. Are there shows in the park?
C. Describe places to eat at the park and what type of food they serve.
D. Do they have a gift shop? What do they sell at your park?
Art Project: On a large poster board, have each group member draw a park map. List of attractions, games, food, restrooms, gift shops, shows, etc..
60. Create a planet – Your group has just discovered a new planet. Have a group discussion about the planet. What is the name? Do anyone live on the planet? Is there water on the planet? Did you find fossils, aliens, or animals? Is there oxygen? Are there plants, trees, or water? Have each member of the group write something about the planet.
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61. Create a new food/or meal and make a recipe to teach others how to make it. Have the kids draw a picture of the new food/meal.
62. Create a new game and describe how to play. This writing topic lets children use their imaginations. Have the children draw out the game on paper. If creating a board game, have the children turn the paper into a board game.
63. Write about a time you lost a game, didn’t do well on a test, or made a mistake, what lesson did you learn? This is a great writing topic to use when teaching children about losing. Everyone loses sometimes. losing actually makes you better. Without losing, sometimes, you won’t strive to become better.
64. Your video just went viral on Youtube. What did you do in your video? These days children spend so much time looking at videos on Youtube. Have them imagine what it would be like to become famous overnight with a viral video.
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65. Pretend you had an evil twin. Write about some things your evil twin does.
66. What is the grossest lunch you have ever been served? Write about this gross meal. Remember to add many details about what the food looked and tasted like.
67. What is your sorcerer’s name? What kind of sorcerer would you be? Would you be evil or nice? What kind of powers would you have? What is something that you did as a sorcerer?
68. What are your personal superpowers? Are you a great friend, are you smart, do you have a hidden talent? Write about the superpowers that you already have.
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69. Write about a time when you were proud of your work and did your best. How did that make you feel? Do you always try your best? Why or why not
70. You have been working hard on your schoolwork/project all for a while, and your mind and body are tired, and you need a break. What are some ways that you like to take a break? Do you like to color, take deep breaths, play your favorite game, nap, or have a snack? Tell us about how you like to take a break.
- Invent a new holiday. What would you call your holiday? When is it celebrated? How is it celebrated?
- You became a movie star overnight, what movie were you in? What character did you play?
- Write about your favorite sport. Why is it your favorite? Give directions on how to play.
- What is your favorite thing? Describe it and tell why it is your favorite.
- Who is your favorite teacher? Explain why they are your favorite.
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- Have you ever seen somebody being treated unfairly? If so, did you do anything about it, or did you ignore it and walk away?
- Do you talk to people the same way in person as you do on social media?
- How do you think social media has changed or is changing the world?
- What kind of America do you want to live in?
- What are your plans after high school?
- What do you think college life is like?
- Do you think it is important to save money at your age? If so, how do you save money? Why do you think it is important?
- Do you know what it means to have good credit? Do you think it is important to have good credit? Why?
- Would you ever join the military? Why?
- Who is your idol, and why?
- What is your favorite childhood memory?
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- If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- Write about something you would love to try and why
- Write about something you did but then felt guilty about it later. How did you handle the situation?
- What is the hardest experience you have ever been through? How did you handle it?
- Have you ever been to a job interview? Where are you prepared? Did you get the job? Would you say something different if you could do it over? Would you be better prepared next time?
- How do you think the world will be 50 years from now? How do you think people will treat each other? How do you think the internet/social media has changed the world? What kind of cars do you think we will be driving? Will we still be using gas?
- Write about your dream home. Would you live in a house or an apartment in the city? Do you want a big house or something small? What kind of fun features would your dream home have?
- If you were a parent, would you let your child have a social media account? Why or why not?
- Would you rather work in a team on a project or alone?
- Write about your favorite song, why is it your favorite? What is your favorite verse? How do you feel when listening to it?
- If you were a clothing designer, what kind of clothes would you design?
- You have to spend one year stranded on a deserted island, you can bring five things or people with you, what do you bring?
- You are a superhero, you have to use your powers to make a positive change in the world. What powers do you have?
- You are given the power to change one thing you don’t like about yourself, would you change anything? If yes, what would you change and why?
- Write about your future self. What is your life like?
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- You are creating a new amusement park. What kind of park would it be? What kind of rides does it have?
- Write about the best Christmas gift you have ever received. Explain what it was, why it was your favorite, who gave it to you, do you still have it.
- You were given 1 million dollars, but you must give it away. Who would you give it to? would you give it to one person or a couple of different people? Would you donate it to an organization?
- Name 5 of the most important things in your life ( house, family, health, etc..); now you just lost all of them. How would you feel, what would you do?
- You just became a YouTube sensation. What did you do that made you famous? How does it feel to be recognized by people on the street?
- A friend of yours has been depressed and said that they told you they don’t want to live anymore. What do you do and why?
- How would people describe you and why?
- Do you think that violent video games make people violent? Do you think there should be age restrictions on video games?
- You have a choice of giving up social media or hanging out with your friends for a week, which one do you choose and why?
- Do you think what you learn in school can help you in the real world? What topics do you think you should be learning and why?
The Best Creative Writing Prompts for Teens Continued
- Do you think that money can buy happiness, why or why not?
- Do you think you need higher education to become successful?
- How important is your cell phone with you? I rather give up….blank…. than my cell phone (explain).
- Describe the perfect day. What would you do?
- Have you ever been faced with discrimination? Were you the one being discriminated against, or were you a witness to discrimination, How did you feel?
- If you were given the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, living or dead, who would you want to meet and why?
- Why do you think we pay taxes? Do you believe taxes are necessary? What do you think our tax money is used for?
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Helping kids build strong literacy skills can also ignite an interest in creative writing. Tweens and teens in particular may crave opportunities to express themselves via silly stories, dramatic narratives, or free-flowing verse. The following creative writing books for teens are excellent resources for middle school and high school students wanting to delve deeper into crafting poetry and prose.
Creative Writing Books for Tweens
Alphamaniacs: builders of 26 wonders of the word by paul fleischman.
This illustrated biographical anthology explains how famous writers throughout history having played with word structure and phonics.
Brave The Page by Rebecca Stern and Grant Faulkner
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)’s “how-to” guide for middle school students on crafting characters, plots, and settings.
Create Your Own Graphic Novel: A Guide for Kids by David Wayne Chiu
Young writers will get pro drawing tips along with step-by-step instructions on developing a visual storyboard.
Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth by Angie Thomas
Bestselling author Angie Thomas instructs tweens on how to tell stories that reflect their lives and communities.
Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids by Natalie Rompella
A creative writing book that contains 100 short story prompts for kids aged 8-12.
Write Your Own Poems by Jerome Martin
A beginner’s handbook for budding poets that contains 90 pages of poetry-themed writing activities.
Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking by Emily K. Neuburger
Journaling is the first step in brainstorming a story in this interactive tool for jumpstarting one’s imagination.
Creative Writing Books for Teens
Burn after writing by sharon jones.
A confessional space for teens meant to redirect their attention from social media posts to handwritten musings.
Dear Ally, How Do You Write A Book? by Ally Carter
Over 25 published YA writers share expert insight on taking a book idea from conception to publication.
Big Life Journal – Teen Edition by Big Life Brand
Writing is used as a tool for goal setting and developing a growth mindset in this vibrant notebook filled with affirming graphics.
Dare to Write: Creative Writing Prompts f or Young People and Word Rebels Everywhere by Kristen Fogle
Themed-exercises help teens experiment with writing in a variety of genres such as sci-fi, crime fiction, romance, and fantasy.
Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life by Wendelin Van Draanen
A writing resource woven through personal tales makes this memoir a great selection for young adults with publishing aspirations of their own.
How to Be a Young #Writer by Christopher Edge
Starting off the narrative strong and wrap it up equally as well! That’s the key focal point of this instructive text.
How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination by Christopher Salerno
A primer in poetry fundamentals such as rhythm, rhyme, and meter.
Write Yourself a Lantern: A Journal Inspired by The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
National Book Award and Carnegie Medal winner Elizabeth Acevedo created this journal that incorporates includes memorable lines from The Poet X as lyrical prompts for teen poets.
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For a child, a couple of pillows can become a magical fort. The very floor beneath them can turn into lava. A cardbox box can become a great voyageur on the choppy seas. The sky is the limit when it comes to the adventures a day might hold — and for that reason, there’s no better time to start writing stories than childhood. If you’re a parent or a teacher looking to help inspire children or students to write, look no further than our list of imaginative writing prompts for kids. Hey, even if you’re an adult simply looking to reconnect with your former sense of childlike wonder or your own history, these writing prompts for kids will be right up your alley.
The creative writing prompts range from ideas that will spark a child’s ability to think outside the box, as well as prompts that will help them self-reflect. Each one is sure to inspire their curiosity and lead to an adventure of the imagination. Not only will these prompts provide fun, but they can also be helpful teaching exercises! Want to help your child practice their grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and sentence structure? Creative writing is the answer.
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- Imagine you owned a pet monkey for a day. What would you do with it?
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
- If you found a time machine, would you use it to travel to the past or future? Why?
- You and your family are going on a trip together. Where do you go? What do you do there?
- Imagine what your parents' lives were like as teenagers. Write a story about it.
- Imagine you and your best friend hanging out ten years from now. What has changed? What hasn't changed?
- Write about your favorite birthday present. Why is it your favorite?
- What is your dream job? Write a story based on that.
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Creative writing is an important skill for young students to start learning. Not every child will grow up to be a professional writer, but there are many benefits to having children write. Here we have some useful and effective creative writing prompts for kids to get you started.
These are most suited for a teacher with a class of students. However, parents are welcome to use them as well, to get your kids writing at home.
The Benefits of Writing Prompts for Kids
Aside from creating a published masterpiece someday, there are many benefits to teaching kids to write. This can be done in part by stimulating their minds with some good writing prompts for kids.
Teaching them how to become a better writer will give them advantages in other areas of life.
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Animal Themed Writing Prompts for Kids
Most kids love animals. Even if they don’t, personifying and thinking about animals can spark wonderful creativity in kids. It can help kids learn how to become a better writer.
- Jack is a dachshund and stands out among his border collie siblings who bully him for being different. He is determined to prove that he can herd sheep just as well as them.
- 10-year-old Kaitlyn has the unique ability to communicate with all animals. She goes around helping trainers, vets, and researchers.
- Write a story about a family of rabbits living in the woods. What is their life like?
- Imagine you are a big, majestic lion living in a zoo. How do you feel being surrounded by people all the time?
- Do you have a pet? What do you like to do with them? If not, what pet would you love to have?
- What would you do if you had an elephant for a pet?
- If you could be any animal, what would you choose?
- Your cat gets stuck on the roof. How do you get him down?
- A baby wolf gets lost in the forest. How does he find his family again?
- Write about a school of fish who live deep in the ocean.
- How do you think it would feel to fly like a bird?
- What would you and your pet talk about, if they could talk?
- What does a naughty puppy get up to while its owners are asleep?
- Imagine everyone had a horse to ride instead of a car to drive. What would life be like?
Fiction Writing Prompts for Kids
Though they might not understand the complex workings of character and plot development, kids can still start creating fiction. Their minds are capable of telling stories. Starting with short pieces of fiction can teach them how to become a better writer .
Writing longer pieces of fiction at a young age can be more difficult. Using a book writing template might help if they really want to try.
Whatever type of story you encourage them to write, use these simple but imaginative writing prompts for kids.
- Look out the window for 30 seconds. Write a story about what you see and hear in those 30 seconds.
- Write a story about a trip you would like to take with your family.
- You and your friends build a treehouse. But, anyone who enters needs to follow some rules. What are they?
- You are trapped in the mall for the night. What do you do in there?
- Write a story about a magical pair of shoes.
- Write about what would happen if you met your favorite character in person.
- You find a time machine. Where do you go and why?
- Write a story about your parents as teenagers.
- Write a story about a tiny person.
- What does a typical day look like for a mermaid?
- Write about an astronaut who flies to space and discovers a new planet.
- Write a story about a day in the life of the president of the United States.
- A young girl finds a teleportation device abandoned across the street from her house. She soon figures out how to use it.
- Someone your age sneaks onto a space ship going into space. What happens? Do they get caught?
- Try to write a poem or a story in the style of Dr. Seuss.
- You have an assistant for one week who will do whatever you want. What do you ask them to do?
- Write about something you and your best friend would do if you lived in the same house.
- Tell a story about a kid who gets to go for a ride on Santa’s sleigh.
- A kid gets to be invisible for one day. What happens?
- Write a story using these three words: Train, Hat, Saturday.
- A clown shows up at your door one day. What do you do?
- Write about a day where your teacher forgot to wear shoes.
- Write a story about your evil twin.
- You find a treasure chest buried in your backyard. What’s inside?
- Imagine you get to be the opposite gender for one day. What do you do?
- Write a story about an imaginary sport. How does it work? What are the rules?
- You have been asked to create a new holiday. What should the world celebrate?
- Write a story where you get stuck inside your favorite video game or TV show.
- A child has traveled back in time from 1000 years in the future. What do they tell you about their life?
- Start a story with a character saying “I won’t do it, and you can’t make me!”
- Two friends send secret notes to each other through a hiding place no one else knows about. What happens when a new note appears from someone else?
- A family is camping and doesn’t have cell phone service. What do they do when someone gets sick?
- Write a story about a kid who doesn’t have any homework to do on the weekend.
- A kid and their dog are on an adventure in the forest. What happens?
- Write about a kid who loves to play in the rain.
- A family is going together to pick out the perfect Christmas tree.
- What happens when a spaceship lands in your backyard?
- A girl finds a magic door in her closet. What happens when she walks through?
- You are stuck inside your school overnight. What do you do?
- Write a story about a vampire who just wants to fit in with his friends.
- A superhero wants to save the world, but he’s not very good at using his powers.
- Your toys have come to life for one night only. What do you do with them?
- A boy is walking down a deserted road. What does he see?
- An older sibling is babysitting a younger sibling. The older sibling gets locked in a cupboard. What happens next?
- Imagine you live in a world where humans don’t need to sleep. What do you do every night?
- An old lady owns a costume shop. Everyone who buys or rents a costume has an adventure while wearing it. Write about one of these adventures.
- Your character is the only survivor of a shipwreck. She is floating around on a raft. She finally finds an island. What’s on the island?
- The sun decides not to go down for one night. What does everyone do overnight when it’s not dark?
- Write about what you would do if you could read minds for one day.
- You are able to spy on your friends and family for one day and they don’t know you’re there. What do you think you’d see?
- Your grandma tells you a shocking secret and you’re not allowed to tell anybody else! How do you react to this crazy secret?
- You are given one dart to throw at a wall map. Wherever it lands, you have to go there tomorrow. Where do you go? What happens?
- Three kids climb a tree and find a whole new world at the top.
- Write a story about someone who is working hard to keep his grades up so he will be allowed to participate in the annual principal-for-a-day event.
- What would you do if you and your teacher switched places for a day?
Historical Writing Prompts for Kids
Writing stories about history can be a fun way for kids to learn some basic historical facts and events. Use these writing prompts to walk them through time in a way they can enjoy.
A book writing template may come in handy here as well. History can be complicated and confusing. It might be beneficial to have some information laid out in a structured way.
- Imagine everything in a historical museum comes to life one night. What happens?
- If you could have a conversation with one person from the past, who would it be?
- Imagine your family ruled over an ancient kingdom. What would life be like as a prince or princess?
- Write a story about the life of a child before TV was invented.
- Write a story about a family traveling a far distance by horse and carriage – before cars were invented.
- Imagine you were alive when the pyramids in Egypt were being built. What are they like in person?
- What do you think would have happened if humans were alive at the same time as dinosaurs?
- How do you think people in the past celebrated holidays?
- If you could travel backward in time to before you were alive, where would you go and why?
- If you could change any part of history, what would it be?
- Many years ago, all the grades of a school would be in a class together. Would you like this? Why or why not?
- Write about a building that no one has lived in for 100 years. What is left in the building? Who used to live there?
- What do you think the worst thing is about being a king or queen?
- Write about what kids did for fun in the old days.
Stimulating Writing Prompts for Kids
In addition to writing stories, many kids will benefit from other forms of mental stimulation. These can be done in a journal or essay writing exercise.
Use these prompts and questions to get them thinking. Encourage them to answer all questions with as much detail as possible.
- Write a detailed description of your favorite toy.
- How would you describe the color green to someone who is blind?
- Where is your favorite place to hide during hide and seek? Why?
- Write a letter to your grown-up self.
- Imagine you are the first person to ever walk on the moon. Write a letter to your family about what it’s like up there.
- Write about something you want to learn more about.
- If the sky could rain any food for one day, which food would you want and why?
- Someone has never heard of magic. Explain it to them.
- A genie is going to grant you one wish. What is it?
- You are in charge of your school for a whole week. What do you do?
- What is the worst possible superpower someone can have?
- If you had $1,000 what would you buy for yourself?
- Which animal is your favorite? What do you like about it?
- What would your life be like if you were a movie star?
- Write about what life would be like without electricity.
- If you could go anywhere for a school trip where would it be and why?
- What do you want to do once you turn 16?
- If you could ask your teacher one question and get an honest answer, what would it be and why?
- Write about the weirdest dream you ever had.
- Describe the happiest day of your life so far.
- If you were in the circus, what would you do?
- If you won an award, what would it be?
- What is your favorite holiday and why?
- If you could have one extra limb, what would it be and why?
- What is your favorite season and why?
- Write about what life would be like if you got your dream job as an adult.
- If you could create a new animal, what would it look like?
- What is your favorite day of the week and why?
- Write about the person you admire the most.
- What is the best joke you ever heard? Why did it make you laugh so hard?
- You are in charge of inventing a new sandwich. What are you putting on it?
- Write about three things you are good at.
- If you could make anything grow on trees, what would it be and why?
- What is your most unusual talent?
- What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Describe the book to someone without spoiling the story.
- What one thing would make your life easier?
- Imagine you are 16 and your parents have bought you a car. What does it look like?
- What one thing would make school more fun?
- Describe what happens on the absolute best day you can think of.
- What is your favorite thing to do for fun?
- You are given $1,000 but you can’t spend it on yourself. What do you buy and for who?
- You are creating the perfect town for you and your family to live in. What does the town have?
- What is one talent you wished you had but don’t?
- Write about your favorite music.
- Describe your favorite movie without mentioning the title or the characters names. Can anyone guess the movie?
- If you could control your own dreams, what would you choose to dream about tonight?
- You can ask the government one question and they have to answer you honestly. What do you ask and why?
- Do you think you could go a whole day without talking? What would be difficult about this?
- If you could stop anyone else from talking for one day, who would it be and why?
- If the world was going to end in one hour, what would you want to do?
- What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
- Do you have any toys right now that you think you will still play with when you are 20? Why or why not?
- What would you do if you were the last person on earth?
- Write about something you believed as a small child, but it turned out to be wrong. What was it? How did you find out?
- What would you do if you suddenly woke up in another country and no one could understand you?
Writing Tools for Older Kids
As kids get a little bit older, they can start being introduced to some tools and programs that will help their writing. As they age, they will start to get a sense of how to write properly and they will develop a voice and style of their own.
Those who are serious about writing and/or show some real promise might benefit from the use of some writing software to help them become an even better writer.
We have created a list of 20 excellent tools for writers and gone over them in detail. But, a good place to start is with Squibler and Grammarly .
Squibler will help them figure out how to organize a book. It offers a place to take notes and record research. It then encourages the writer to break down their chapters and scenes for easy organization and editing.
Squibler also offers a series of templates that might be helpful to kids as they learn about story structure and character development. These templates will walk them through the writing of a book and offer guidelines and suggestions to make the story as effective as possible.
There are several style and genre options, but a good place to start is with the general fiction template:
Second, is Grammarly . Kids will often struggle with grammar and punctuation for a while. Grammarly is designed to help all types of writers fix and polish up their work from a grammatical standpoint.
It is largely intended for professional writers who do it for a living, or students who need to hand in perfect written pieces. But, that doesn’t mean kids can’t benefit.
As they go through their work in Grammarly and find their errors, they will learn from them. If they see the same thing pop up numerous times, they will learn not to do it anymore.
Get Kids Thinking With These Writing Prompts
The kids are the next generation of writers , authors , and creators. Start their skills early and encourage them to expand and improve. Teach them how to craft their words. Teach them how to paint a picture in someone else’s mind.
From writing descriptions to organizing thoughts and emotions, and even creating interesting characters – kids should be flexing their creativity muscles whenever possible.
Whether they go free form or you use a book writing template , encourage them to let their imaginations loose on a regular basis.
These writing prompts for kids will get them started, but if you’re looking for more, try using the scholastic website. They have a writing prompt generator with lots of variety. It also has a fun design if you’re using it with your kids.
This will give you an endless source of fun prompts for the kids to enjoy.
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25 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids
Writing helps children develop their communication, emotional intelligence, self-expression, and confidence. We know this skill doesn't always come naturally to children, so we're here to make it easy and fun to learn!
Here are 25 fantastically fun writing prompts for you to try, whether you’re homeschooling , or simply looking for an educational activity to do at the weekend:
- You find a door in the school that you have never seen before. You peer through the large keyhole and see something that resembles a time machine… What happens next? Do you try to open the door?
- Write a story about a Monster that shows up at your birthday party.
- Write a story about a magical ring that can grant all your favorite things. Until…
- You are the main character in your favorite video game. What happens?
- Story starter: You’re watching your favorite movie when suddenly, you get pulled into the screen! After a moment of confusion, you discover that you’ve replaced the main character... What happens next?
- You’re building your dream treehouse, but first you need to get all the materials you need to complete it! Can you write a list of everything you need to build your treehouse?
- Your best friend gives you their favorite book, and you find out it has magical powers! What are its magical powers? How will you use them?
- Once upon a time, in Fairy Tale Land, there lived a sad, sad princess. She was always teased by her family members, so she set off on an adventure…
- Time for an adventure story: you wake up in a spaceship and a fellow astronaut tells you that you’re there to explore outer space. What happens? Do you discover a new planet? Who do you meet?
- What is your favorite animal, and what is the funniest thing about them? Write a report on this and include as many fun facts as you can!
- A package arrives. It is shaking violently.The worst part is you didn’t order anything. Write a short story about what happens when you open the package.
- Can you describe your favorite food? Is it ice cream? A burger? Pasta? Tell us all about it!
- You’re walking through the park when you spot a group of older kids playing your favorite sport. As you approach them to ask if you can join them, you spot a very shiny object by a tree. As you get closer, you can’t believe what you’ve discovered... What is it? And what happens next?
- You find yourself stranded on a desert island. As you search for other people and food, you find a cell phone that seems to be giving you directions to a mysterious location. Are you accepting the quest? What challenges do you face? Do you find a treasure, or something more dangerous? Write an exciting adventure story based on your quest to solve this mystery.
- Write an acrostic poem about your favorite season.
- You discover an animal that you’ve never seen before and it bestows some magical powers on you that change your life! Write a letter to a good friend explaining this.
- If I Found One Million Dollars… Write an adventure story that starts when you discover a bag containing one million dollars. Do you spend it, or save it? Do you buy all your favorite toys, or do you pretend you never found anything?
- Pretend that you are a “grown-up” who is 70 or 80 years old. Write a complaint about what is wrong with “kids these days”!
- If your favorite holiday is Christmas, we’ve got a secret mission for you: write a story persuading Santa that you could be his very best elf.
- Chindōgu (珍道具) is the Japanese art of inventing useless gadgets. Design a useless gadget and persuade people to buy it!
- What superpower would you NOT want and why?
- If you could create the perfect TV show, what would it be? What would happen?
- Write a story about what you think it’d be like to visit another planet for the first time.
- Can you invent your own company and write about what it would do?
- Journal writing prompt: What are your favorite things about yourself? Write a list of all the things that make you unique and special.
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99 Inspiring Journal Prompts for Teens: Fun, Creative and Thought-Provoking
by Kerri-Anne Edinburgh | Aug 25, 2022
Journal writing is a great tool for people of all ages. And for teens, it can be the perfect way to explore yourself and the world around you as everything you know changes.
So, to help you get past those blank page, no-thoughts, aaargh moments, we’ve collected 99 inspiring journal prompts that are perfect for teens . Believe me, these prompts will have your pen in your hand and thoughts flowing immediately!
There’s a lot of choice below – so why not bookmark this page for all your future journaling sessions, and use these links to skip to a section that interests you today:
And if you’re looking for prompts that are ideal for journal-keepers of all ages, don’t forget to check out our companion collection of 101 thought-provoking journal prompts !
Why journal? The benefits of journaling for teens
Before we dig in, let’s have a quick look at the benefits of journaling – for all of you who are still a little unsure why you shouldn’t give up when the ideas don’t flow …
Here are some of the key benefits of keeping a journal:
- There’s no judgement – a journal is a safe haven. Let it all out without worrying about feedback
- It’s a great way to store your favourite moments and memories – big and small!
- Writing in a journal can be the perfect outlet for difficult-to-process thoughts and feelings
- Had a stressful or confusing day? Writing about it will help you make sense of things and gain new perspectives on events and reactions
- Your secrets will be kept for as long as you need (phew!)
- You’ll increase your self-awareness and sense of who you are and want to become
- Writing for pleasure is a great life-long habit to develop
- You’ll learn to slow down, observe your world, and reflect on what’s important to you
- Journaling is a great first step towards developing a growth mindset
- The creativity and self-awareness inspired by keeping a journal are important tools to have as a teen , when life is full of change and pressure
How journal prompts can help you out
As Jewish diarist Anne Frank once wrote:
“I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.” The Diary of Anne Frank
But what to do when you don’t have the words right now to express what lies buried deep inside you? What if you doubt what you’re thinking is worth writing about? Or there’s just nothing pressing on your mind?
Well, that’s where journal prompts come in!
Journal prompts are ideal for teens because they:
- Encourage you to develop – and keep up with – a journal writing habit
- Help you to explore thoughts you didn’t even know you had
- Inspire you to write about a weird and wonderful array of topics – from serious social justice debates to the wacky “ what if ” questions!
- Are designed to elicit reflection, memories, opinions, feelings – all of which help you explore yourself
- Don’t involve research, or complex arguments! You can just write whatever comes to mind , it doesn’t need to be polished
So keep reading for 99 journal prompts for teens! They’re thought-provoking, serious, creative and fun .
Some are about you and your life: high-school, social media, the future, friendships, and family. Others focus on the wider world, society or hypothetical situations. There’s something for everyone – promise!
And in case these prompts aren’t enough to get your creative juices going, we’ve added some further questions and ideas for each prompt so there’s plenty to think about .
Mindful journal prompts for teens
Mindfulness is a hot topic these days, and with good reason.
Learning to be present in the moment and focused on what you need to do is a key study tool with a huge range of benefits for your academic performance ! Plus it’s great for your mental health 😊
So why not kick start your mindfulness journey with some great prompts for reflection and grounding yourself?
1. How do you feel right now, in this moment?
Take a pause. Notice the sensations you’re feeling – your breath, throughout your body, the range of your emotions, any lingering worries. Note them down.
2. What do you do to take a peaceful moment for yourself every day?
What do you do in this time? How do you clear your mind of negativity? Is it important to you to take that peaceful moment, and why (not)? Write about this routine.
3. Where do you feel most at peace?
Describe the place that most makes you feel calm – somewhere where you go when you feel restless. Why do you love this place?
4. Who are you grateful for?
When you think of the people in your life who love you, what do you feel grateful for? Time spent together, things you have shared …? Enjoy the emotions this prompt, well – prompts!
5. What do you procrastinate about, and why?
If there are tasks in your life and studies that you frequently put off, can you identify them ? What can you do to focus on these tasks in the moment?
There’s no shame in being a teen (or adult) who procrastinates: but let this journal prompt help you grow and move forward with more focus!
6. Describe your morning routine
What tasks do you complete? How does your routine make you feel as you start your day? Energized, focused, calm, rushed ?
7. Write about a person who’s changed your mind
Most people know the saying “ don’t judge a book by its cover ”. Write about a time when you’ve encountered this sentiment in your life.
Perhaps there was a person who you inadvertently judged before understanding their past and present. Do you still know them?
8. What was your most restful moment this week?
Remember one moment during the last week that you felt truly rested and peaceful . Write about it!
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Journal prompts for reflecting on everyday life as a teen
As a teen your life is probably busy, full of complexity and elements you might not even consider regularly.
So take a moment and write a page in your journal about the favourite and forgotten moments of your daily life as a teen, using one of these prompts. Plus, they’ll make for fascinating reading when you’re older !
9. What are your favourite things to do with your friends?
Do you go out, or stay at home? Whose house do you hang out at? Have you got a favourite study spot or café? What’s life like when you’re together?
10. Do you have a best friend? Write about them!
What makes them special to you? How did you become best friends? What does their friendship mean to you?
If you don’t have a best friend, write about what qualities you look for in a friend.
11. How have video games influenced you as a person?
Do you enjoy playing video games? If so, write about what lessons you’ve learnt from your favourite games that you feel are relevant to real life. Have they shaped who you are, or who you want to be?
12. What effect has social media had on your life?
Write about how you interact with social media every day, the friends you’ve made, the experiences you’ve had. How does it make you feel? Do you crave the attention it brings? Has it influenced the people around you?
13. Do you act differently online than you do in person?
Write about the different experiences and relationships you’ve had. Which persona feels more like the real you , and why?
14. Describe your favourite food
Who cooks it best? What memories does it evoke? How often do you get to enjoy it ( nom )?
15. Write about your favourite place
Describe how you feel about your favourite place. What emotions does it evoke? Who do you go there with? Or is it somewhere you prefer to be alone? Do you visit it often?
16. Describe the perfect way to spend the weekend
Who do you spend it with, and what do you do? Do you stay at home, chill with friends, go adventuring, or … ?
17. Do you think that the town you’ve grown up in has influenced the person you are?
In what ways? Are you proud of your hometown and the influence it’s had on your life?
18. What is the greatest responsibility your parents have given you?
Consider the full range of responsibilities your parents have asked you to take on, from chores to babysitting. Do you enjoy it? Has it changed you, as a growing teen?
19. When you look in the mirror in the morning before school, what do you see?
What’s the first thing you think about yourself? Do you immediately criticise your appearance, and why? Are there things that you love about yourself first thing in the morning?
Or are your thoughts already wrapped up with school …
20. Write about something you believe in strongly
Where does your belief come from? What or who influenced it? What does it mean to you to stand up for what you believe in?
21. What changes have been going on in your life recently?
How do they make you feel? Are you coping with them? Whether you consider the changes to be positive or negative, write about what parts of your life and thoughts these changes have affected.
Journal prompts for building your memory and considering the past
With a good handful of years behind you already, you hopefully have lots of great childhood memories you want to remember throughout your life.
But our memories aren’t infallible , we’re always forgetting the little moments that gave us so much joy.
So why not use these great memory journal prompts for teens: they work two-fold! They’ll help to build up your memory strength for all the studying required of a teen and create a record of some favourite moments for looking back on!
22. What did you learn today?
If you had school today, write a quick summary of everything you learnt – the key concepts, topics, formulae and principles. (This great technique is called memory journaling , it’s great retrieval practice for later revision!)
What you learnt today doesn’t just have to be academic : did you learn a cool new fact, or get a new peek into the pasts of your friends or family?
23. Recall a happy memory from this week
What happened that made you feel so happy? Who were you kind to? Who was kind to you?
24. Write about one moment this week that you felt truly content
Why did you feel so satisfied and contented? Was it a peaceful moment, or energetic? Who was with you?
25. Discuss the biggest challenge you faced this week
Looking back, what did you do during this challenge that you are proud of ? Do you have any regrets? If so, why – and what would you approach differently when you face your next challenge?
26. Write about the last time you couldn’t stop laughing
What caused your giggles? Does remembering it make you want to laugh again? Who was with you – did they laugh too?
27. What surprises are there in the story of your life?
Imagine you’re looking at a mosaic created from all the moments of your past . Some pieces are large, others are tiny fragments. What story do they tell? Are there any pieces that surprise you in importance?
28. What is the best thing you’ve ever done for someone?
How did it make you feel? How did it make them feel? Are you still proud of your actions, and would you do it again?
29. Write about one of the hardest moments in your life
What would be different now if you had made a different choice? What paths do you imagine your parallel selves taking ?
(This is a tricky one, but sometimes confronting the hard questions and experiences can help you work through deeply buried feelings – and a private journal is the perfect place for some catharsis!)
30. Write about a time you did something that you were afraid to try
What happened? Who coaxed you into it? How did it make you feel? What emotions do you feel when remembering this event?
31. What is your favourite childhood memory?
Why is it your favourite? Are there lots of family stories about this event?
Here’s some fab alternatives too: What is your funniest childhood memory? What is your earliest memory?
32. Describe your best summer vacation memory
What made that summer vacation so special to you – the people, the place, the experiences ? Could you recreate it?
33. What was your favourite toy as a child?
Do you have any special memories together? What’s their name, and do you remember why you picked it?
34. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
If so, write about them! Who were they, and what were they like? What adventures did you go on together ?
Journal prompts to encourage teens with their self-development
Journaling isn’t all about reflecting on the past and present! It can be a great way to explore your hopes and dreams for the future too . As a teen, I’m sure you’ve got plenty – the world is only just opening out for you.
So make the most of these journal prompts to explore all the places you could go with your life as you journey through your teens and beyond!
35. What habits would you like to change or develop over the next year?
Think carefully about what steps you would need to take to make this a reality, and write down a plan – keep it realistic!
36. Write about a big choice you will have to make in the near future
What paths could you take? Imagine what your life could be like in 10 years if you took each of the paths: how different could they be?
Imagine it’s graduation day, and you’re giving the valedictorian speech. What words of wisdom do you have for your peers, and for your younger self? What’s the first thing you’re going to do after the ceremony, and who will you celebrate with?
37. Make a list of everything you’d love to do in your life – a bucket list of aspirations big and small!
What will you tackle first, and what steps do you need to take to make it happen? Pick some fun items and get started …
Are there items on your list that are far off? Make them into long-term goals , and plan to make them a reality!
38. What is one thing you want to learn more about, or build your awareness of?
Pick a social issue, interesting niche of knowledge, or real-life application of your studies – and write about why it interests you ! How will you go about researching it?
39. What do you want to be remembered for?
There are so many ways to make a mark on the world, so write about the legacy you want to leave behind ! Skills, achievements, good deeds, family …
40. Discuss what kind of job you’d be best suited for (today)
Imagine that you want to apply for summer job tomorrow, to help towards your college tuition. What talents do you have? Are there skills you’d like to learn? Based on those talents and skills, what job would you be best suited for?
41. Write about what drives you forwards
What motivates you the most? How do you usually use this motivation to push you towards your goals?
If you’re lacking in motivation, why not explore different ways to boost yours and then write about what you’ve discovered? There’s plenty out there!
42. What are you most looking forward to about getting older?
Is there anything you’ll miss about being a kid? Use this journal prompt to explore all the pros and cons of being a teenager!
43. If you could make a living doing anything at all, what would you become?
What’s the most outrageous answer you can think of? What niche interests do you have that you wish could be a career (even if it’s not possible in today’s world)?
44. Write a letter to your future self
Describe what your daily life is like now, how you feel, what your worries are, what your hopes and dreams are. Spare no details – make it a true snapshot of teen you.
Keep it somewhere safe to open in 5 or 10 years time!
45. Write a list of questions for your older self
What do you want to know about the future, and future you? Who are your closest friends in the future, and what do you most enjoy doing with your time? Ask about all the things you’re truly curious to know !
Keep them somewhere safe, and open and answer them in 5 years time – a perfect journaling activity for future you!
Journal prompts to help teens tackle their mental health
Journaling is a fabulous mental health tool – it’s great for processing volatile thoughts and emotions about a situation until you feel calmer and can think more clearly about what to do next. Plus, there’s absolutely no judgement from anyone else ( and hopefully none from yourself either !).
So make the most of these journal prompts to work through your teen angst, overwhelming worries, anxieties and fears. Trust me, it will help .
46. What worries are you holding onto right now?
Do you carry yesterday’s worries into today? Write about them – leave nothing out. Consider what it would be like to let go of those worries .
47. Are there any hypothetical situations that are scaring you right now?
Do you ever worry about hypothetical worst outcomes? Write about one of these scenarios to make it less frightening. Make a list of things you could do if these hypotheticals ever came true!
48. Write about a negative memory you can’t get out of your head
Do you struggle to let go of embarrassing, awkward of negative memories? Release them from that endless loop by writing about how that situation has changed you.
Did anything good come from it? Did you learn something new about yourself? Look for the silver linings and take away the memories’ power .
49. What is the first symptom you notice when you feel anxious, stressed or sad?
Can you always identify when it’s happening? What can you do to help relieve these feelings?
50. What is something you feel nervous about right now?
Write down three things you can do to take your mind off it. Any three practical things will do – journaling about it can even be an answer!
51. What topics are you afraid to talk about?
Can you identify why? Is there anyone different you could talk to? If not, write to your journal ( the classic “Dear Diary” approach !).
52. Write a list of things that make you feel uncomfortable and unhappy
Which of them are in your control , and which are outside of your control? What changes can you make to minimise this list?
Conversely: write down a list of things that make you happy right now – how many of them are in your control?
53. If you could create a painting of your mood right now, what colours would you use and why?
What memories do different colours evoke? How many do you need? Would your painting be abstract or realistic?
Journal prompts for exploring who you are as a teen
Being a teenager is a tumultuous time of discovering and rediscovering who you are.
So these journal prompts might be just what you need for a little self-exploration and reflection on teen life !
54. How have you changed since last year?
What do you feel when you look back at past you? Has this past year come with lots of physical changes? Have your priorities changed?
55. How do you think others would describe you?
Think about the different people in your life – your parents, friends, teachers, strangers . What qualities would they say you have – and are you pleased about their choices?
If you’re not sure – why not go ask a few friends! This prompt can be a great starting point for working out what qualities you identify in yourself.
56. What brings joy to your life?
Who, and what, make you laugh? Do you enjoy yourself often?
57. What face do you show to the world?
What facets of yourself do you keep hidden from sight? Why? Do you feel like the real you is being hidden , and is there anything you can do about it?
58. What makes you unique?
Have you got any unusual attributes or interests? Are there any special skills you have?
59. What are the best elements of your personality?
Write about them, and why you consider them the best. What other features would you like to develop – and how can you get started?
60. Who are the people you admire the most?
What characteristics of theirs do you admire them for? Are they famous, or someone you know? Does that affect how you judge their character? Why do they stand out for you?
61. Who do you trust the most in your life?
Why is that the case? Who do you think trusts you the most? Are there any secrets they know about you?
62. What makes you feel proud of yourself?
Write about any accomplishments that you feel proud about – little or large. Think about academic achievements, good deeds, social endeavours … What is your greatest achievement so far? How do you feel about it?
63. What activities do you love the most?
How can (or do) you incorporate these activities into your daily life? Why do you enjoy them?
64. Write about the unrealistic expectations you feel are weighing you down
Where do they come from – your society, peers, parents ? Do you try to live up to them, and why? Are there times when you choose to forge your own path?
65. How do you define perfection?
Do you strive for it, and why (not)? How does seeking perfection impact your happiness, mental health and life?
66. Write down all the things that inspire you in the world
Don’t forget the little things. Think about your own environment and circle, and then wider across the whole world.
67. How do you feel when you get a compliment?
What emotions do you feel? Do you accept the compliments? How do you feel when you get some criticism?
68. Do you prefer to be in the spotlight, or behind the scenes?
Why do you feel that way? What experiences have shaped this answer? Are there times when you make an exception?
69. Have you ever had a really difficult conversation with someone? Write about it!
What was it about? How did you handle it? If you had to have this conversation again, would you handle it differently?
70. What is one thing that your parents do now that you never want to do if you have children?
Why? What experiences have shaped this answer? Are they negative or positive things?
71. Choose five objects that best represent who you are and describe them
What are they? Why did you choose these items? Are they things you enjoy to do, or wear?
72. Have you ever given something important away?
Why did you give it, and who to? How did it make you feel? Would you do it again?
Journal prompts for teens who want to have an impact on their world
In these turbulent times we live in, there’s a lot to consider about how we as individuals and communities live our lives.
Use these journal prompts to consider issues you’d like to help out with – big and small ! Think social enterprises, environmental causes, political stands …
Whether now, as a teen, or in later life – there’s a lot to think about and these journal prompts can help get you started 😊
73. What could you do to positively impact the life of just one other person?
Whose life would you choose to benefit? Why them? What action could you take to improve their life?
74. What is one small change you could make today?
Write about one small thing you could do in your daily life that would have a lasting impact on the world around you? Could you make it into a habit?
No idea is too wild – from planting flowers to yarn bombing to picking up your litter!
75. How have prejudices affected you personally and shaped the community you live in?
Write about the injustice you witness in your life. Is it directed towards you, or others around you? How would fighting these prejudices affect your life?
76. Which rules in your life do you struggle to understand?
Pick a rule you would love to change and write about why you don’t want to follow it .
What would your daily life be like if you fought to make a change happen to this rule: at home, in school, or in your wider society? Imagine how things could be different if you could change this rule – in reality as well the ideal you hope for?
77. Make a list of everything you’d love to disagree and rebel about
Write about everything – big issues and small! Why did you pick these issues? Are there any you have the courage and means to confront (with friends)?
78. What frightens you in the world today?
What could you do to change that, in reality? Then, imagine what you would do to change that if you had all resources necessary to invent (and finance) a solution .
79. Write about an area in your hometown that needs improvement
What would you do to transform it? What could you do? Can you identify what resources would be needed it make it happen? Describe what this area would be like afterwards, and how it would make you feel to achieve it.
80. If you could change three things about the world, what would you change and why?
Write about the three things you choose – how would they affect the world? Are they realistic? Would things truly change for the better?
81. What is one thing you could do this year to give back to your community?
Pick something, big or small, and write about it. Could you make it happen? What would it take? Would your school or friends help you achieve this goal?
82. Do you think your society values personal privacy enough?
What impact has that had on your life? Do you wish you had more privacy ? How does peer pressure affect the way you handle your public data and image?
83. If you could be an expert on anything in the world, what subject would you choose?
Describe yourself in 10 years time, having gained all the knowledge to be at the top of your field. How would you use your expertise to shape the world?
Fun, creative journal prompts for teens
This is often my favourite type of journaling prompt – the chance to let your imagination run wild and answer all the silly hypotheticals!
So if the serious questions above are a bit much today, why not pick one of these fun journal prompts and see what you can learn about yourself as a teen – perhaps you’d answer differently next year!
84. Describe what it would be like to move around inside your favourite piece of art
How did you end up inside it? What would life be like as a 2D creation? What would the world look like?
85. Imagine you wake up tomorrow 5 inches taller …
How would that change your perspective of yourself? What would it mean for your life? What worries would disappear, and what worries would persist?
86. Someone gives you $5,000 with the condition that you can only spend it on others – what do you do?
What would you use it for, and why? Would you spend it all on one person, or spread the benefits among many? Would you focus on people you know, or strangers?
87. Imagine your life as a movie – now pitch it!
What would the title be? What narrative would you pitch to sell this movie to Hollywood? Write that pitch! Who would you cast in the lead roles?
88. If every person on Earth looked exactly the same, how would beauty be defined?
Would it still be an important social construct? Would beauty even be a word we use? What would be the most important characteristic of beauty in this world?
89. Imagine you could slip into your favourite comic or graphic novel and become a character
What role would you choose to take – hero, sidekick, villain, bystander? How would you choose to influence and alter the story?
90. If you could live in the fictional world of any book or series, which one would you pick?
Why? Is there a character whose role you’d like to take on or would you be yourself? Would you try to change the story?
91. Which fictional character do you relate to the most?
What about them do you admire? Describe the similarities between you and how they influence who you are.
92. Write about taking a trip to the past and visiting your ancestors
If you could spend the day with one of your distant ancestors, experiencing their daily life, what would you ask them? What would their life be like?
93. You have to relive an entire year of your life: and you can choose which one. Write about it!
Which year would you pick, and why? Would you do anything differently , or is there an occasion you want to experience again?
94. Imagine that you’re stuck in an elevator with three strangers
Would you talk to them? What would you talk about? Who would you like to be trapped with (in an ideal world)?
95. Describe the perfect hangout space: imagine that …
… someone has just given you an old RV to convert into a personal, private hangout space for you and your friends. Describe how you would convert it into the perfect space for you? What resources would you need? Where would you drive it to?
96. Write about your dream house
What would it be like? Who would you want to live there with you? How old are you in this scenario?
97. If you could be any animal for a day, which one would you like to be, and why?
What freedoms and traits does that animal have? Why do you identify with them?
98. What three items would you take to a desert island?
Why did you pick them? What purpose do they serve for you? Are they practical, entertaining, sentimental, or … ?
99. You’ve invented a new technology – describe it
What does it do? Is it a technology that does one specific task that you need? Or does it have a wider application? What kind of world would it be useful in?
Journaling resources for teens
Well that’s it for our 99 journal prompts for teens! Hopefully you’ve found something to inspire you to get writing (and never stop!) 😊
If you’re looking for more, check out our companion collection: 101 thought-provoking journal prompts for writers of all ages looking for some self-discovery ideas!
Remember: all you really need to get started is a (nice) notebook and a pen! Simple and affordable. An app will do the trick just as well if you prefer to type …
But if you’d love a more structured approach to journaling, there are plenty of resources that come already packed full with prompts designed especially for teens.
So to round off, here’s a few we recommend*:
- The Happy Self Journal for Teens
- The Mindfulness Journal for Teens
- Burn After Writing Teen
- Put Your Feelings Here
- The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens
- Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens
- The DBT Skills Workbook for Teens
Thanks for reading, and happy journaling!
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Love these! I didn’t even realize that journal prompts were a thing until just a few days ago! Now I’m collecting a bunch of them and aiming to answer one prompt a day for the rest of the year. Thanks so much for these fantastic prompts! 🙂
I absolutely LOVE these! I’ve been collecting journal ideas and writing prompts but was coming up short to find some more appropriate for my teenage daughter. I appreciate this page saving the day!
Hi Deb, thank you for such a lovely comment – I’m glad these prompts have helped you out! We also have 101 more journal prompts, although they are not specifically aimed at teens. You can find them at: https://examstudyexpert.com/journal-prompts/
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