Get Kids Writing: 20 Writing Prompts for Kids

Creative writing is an important developmental skill for kids. It stretches their imagination, helps them practice grammar, and is the perfect way to keep their minds active during the summer break!

Warm summer days and family vacations provide endless inspiration for journal entries. Have your child keep a daily journal throughout the summer, and not only will you keep their minds fresh and ready when school starts back up, but you will also create a summer keepsake full of memories and glimpses into your child’s heart and mind.

Caitlyn has been jotting down her thoughts this summer in My Sweet Diary. She decorated it with stickers and ribbons (included), and it has a small lock with keys to keep out prying little brothers. I had a diary very similar to this when I was her age. Oh the memories of all the thoughts and secrets I jotted down on its pages!

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To help keep her writing skills sharp during the summer break, I’ve been giving Caitlyn writing prompts. That way she gets practice writing about a variety of topics, and I don’t hear the dreaded, “I don’t know what to write about!”

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Here’s a list of 20 questions and statements to prompt your child to write. You can set aside writing time every day, weekly, or whenever you choose!

  1. What would happen if kids ruled the world?
  2. If you could be any animal you like (real or fantasy), which would you choose, and why?
  3. Everyone in your family has a super power. Which family member has which super power and how does each one work?
  4. I have never been more frightened than when…
  5. You’re going on a week-long camping trip but you can only take three items. What items would you take, and why?
  6. Invent and describe a new food.
  7. You’re stranded on a deserted island with one other person. Who would you hope it was and why?
  8. What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible?
  9. Write a list of at least 20 things that make you feel good.
  10. What is your favorite kind of weather? Why?
  11. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment and why?
  12. If you could travel back in time to any moment, what would it be, and why? Would you change history or just observe?
  13. What if everyone lived in space? How would we travel from place to place? What sort of houses would we live in? What would we eat?
  14. Name one appliance in your home and tell me why you can’t live without it.
  15. Write about a difficult decision you had to make.
  16. Explain how bad situations can have a good side.
  17. The thing I wish other people would understand about me is…
  18. What do you fear the most and why?
  19. What is the best birthday present you ever received? What made it so special?
  20. What would happen if you woke up and you had grown to eight feet tall overnight? How would this change your life?

Have a younger child who doesn’t do much writing? They can still keep a diary or  journal just like their older siblings. The My Sweet Journal is perfect for younger children. Short writing prompts are included on the pages along with places to paste pictures, and fun sticker activities.

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