Creative writing has many benefits for kids, even if they don’t dream of being an author when they grow up. Creative writing helps children develop:
- Imagination and creativity
- Communication and persuasion skills
Also, it’s just plain fun.
What is creative writing, exactly? It’s writing where you can just let your imagination fly. Your child can make up a story, a poem, or song to explore their feelings or simply tell a good story.
Here are 52 of the best creative and fiction writing prompts for children. These creative writing prompts are one way to help your child dream up something new every time they pick up a pencil. Encourage your child to write the story they would want to read.
Your children can use these ideas for inspiration on their next writing project.
PreK-aged children might enjoy drawing pictures to tell their stories or telling a story to their family.
For Preschool-Aged Children
1. Young readers can use these Rusty and Rosy printable coloring pages to create their own stories by filling in the blanks.
2. Here’s another activity for beginning writers: use this sentence starter activity as prompts for children to craft their own sentences.
3. Imagine it snowed overnight. What kind of fun would you have in the snow the next day?
4. Write a poem about your family.
5. You wake up with the ability to talk to animals. What do the birds outside your window have to say?
6. There’s a dolphin in your bathtub. How did it get there and how will you get it home?
7. You are president for a day. What do you do?
8. You’re a veterinarian for a dragon who has a sore throat. How will you help them?
For Elementary-Aged Children
9. Suddenly you’re nocturnal. What happens late at night that’s different from daytime?
10. Write a superhero story where the villain wants to become good. How do they convince the superheroes to trust them?
11. It’s the first day of school for robots. What do you learn at robot school?
12. You get to make a new national holiday. What is it and how do you celebrate?
13. You get $100 but you have to spend it by the end of the day. What do you do with it?
14. You are an inventor whose job is to create a best-selling toy. What will you make?
15. Suddenly ducks don’t like you. How do you get them to like you again?
16. You’ve just won the world championship. What did you win it in? Describe the competition.
17. You go back in time and meet your parents when they were your age. What do you tell them?
18. Suddenly ducks love you and won’t leave you alone. How do you get them to let you be?
19. You’re the world’s greatest detective. Describe your favorite case.
20. Write a story about a superhero who loses their powers but still has to find a way to be a hero.
21. You trade places with your parents for a day. What would you do?
22. Rewrite the ending of your favorite book.
23. One morning, the world doesn’t have electricity any more. What are your days like now?
24. Space aliens land and it’s your job to show them around. What will you do with them?
25. The chicken finally tells you why it crossed the road. What does it say?
26. You’re the mayor. What will you do to make your community better?
27. Tonight you cook dinner for your family. What’s on the menu that will make them say “Wow!”?
28. You wake up stuck in the last TV show you watched. What is it and what’s your day like?
29. Write about the best magic trick you can imagine.
30. You’re the star of your favorite sports team, and you’re playing for the championship. Write about the game.
31. Write a letter to your favorite author telling them what you like about their books! Use this free printable template.
32. There’s a light switch in your home. Nobody knows what it’s for. One day, you discover what it does. What does it do?
33. You have a pet dinosaur. What is your dinosaur’s name, and what is your day with it like?
34. You can fly like a bird. What kind of fun would you have?
35. Describe yourself with rhyming words.
36. Your family takes a big road trip that goes wrong in the funniest way possible. What happens?
37. You discover an island no person has ever seen before. Describe what it’s like.
38. Rewrite the ending of your favorite movie.
39. You have the world’s most popular Youtube channel. Write what you’d do in your next video.
40. You find a treasure map. How would you start your treasure hunt?
41. You’re a paleontologist and find a new type of dinosaur. Describe it.
42. Your favorite superhero needs your help. What can you do to save the day?
43. You’re the world’s youngest astronaut and get to fly to the moon. Describe your trip.
44. You get to build your own dream treehouse. Describe what it’s like. What’s in it? How do you get in and out?
45. Inject a little creative writing into journaling. Write a journal entry from the point of view of a time traveler visiting the age of dinosaurs.
46. Practice writing letters with this printout. Imagine you’re living on a moon base. Write a letter to your cousin on Earth describing how things are going.
47. You get to go grocery shopping for your family. What would you buy?
48. You have a magic wand. What do you do with it?
49. What does your shadow do when you’re not around?
50. You can have the powers of any animal in the world. What animal is it, and what would your powers be?
51. Write a journal entry from the point of view of a time traveler going 100 years into the future.
52. You get to spend the night in a museum. What kind of museum? What do you do?
Creative writing is just one type of writing exercise. You can also find our list of journal prompts for kids, as well as why journaling is important.