Writing Prompts

  • #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? Do you have pets? How do you care for them?

    #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?

    Writing Prompt: It’s a jungle out there! What do you think you will need to pack to survive?

    #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?