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.
At the end of the school year, gift your child a blank diary to fill throughout the summer season. Ones like the Alex Toys Super Sweet Diary include stickers to personalize and a small lock with keys to keep prying little siblings at bay!
To help their writing skills sharp during the summer break, provide them with writing prompts. Writing prompts allows them to get practice writing about a variety of topics without hearing the dreaded, “I don’t know what to write about!”
Here’s a list of 20 questions and statements to prompt your child to write. Set aside writing time every day, weekly, or whenever you choose!
- What would happen if kids ruled the world?
- If you could be any animal you like (real or fantasy), which would you choose, and why?
- Everyone in your family has a super power. Which family member has which super power and how does each one work?
- I have never been more frightened than when…
- You’re going on a week-long camping trip but you can only take three items. What items would you take, and why?
- Invent and describe a new food.
- You’re stranded on a deserted island with one other person. Who would you hope it was and why?
- What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible?
- Write a list of at least 20 things that make you feel good.
- What is your favorite kind of weather? Why?
- What do you consider your greatest accomplishment and why?
- If you could travel back in time to any moment, what would it be, and why? Would you change history or just observe?
- 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?
- Name one appliance in your home and tell me why you can’t live without it.
- Write about a difficult decision you had to make.
- Explain how bad situations can have a good side.
- The thing I wish other people would understand about me is…
- What do you fear the most and why?
- What is the best birthday present you ever received? What made it so special?
- What would happen if you woke up and you had grown to eight feet tall overnight? How would this change your life?
Has your little one filled their diary/journal with these writing prompts? Post a photo on our Facebook page and tell us about their favorite prompt!
Creative Writing Activities for Kids
I believe that most children want to write before they want to read. That was certainly the case with both of my children - they would scribble write from an early age and ask me to read it for them :)
There is something magical about putting pen to paper and making your words appear. It is such a real and concrete way to communicate with others.
But when inspiration doesn't strike and you hear "I don't know what to write!", you need to find some creative writing ideas for kids. That is what this page is for!
I have put together this list of creative writing activities for kids in the hope it will help your teaching!
Writing Projects for Kids
Homeschooling is wonderfully flexible - and there are some great ways of encouraging your children to write.
Newspaper StoryA great way to get your kids writing is to make use of your daily newspaper.
Find a newspaper article or magazine article that may be of interest to your children. Get them to write more about the characters of the article. What happened to them? What did they do afterwards?
Or try the same thing just using headlines cut from the newspaper.
Cut out some headlines and stick them at the top of blank (or lined) sheets of paper. Keep an eye out for really funny headlines that you think the kids will like.
If your newspaper headlines are boring, mix words from several headlines until you get something unusual! For older children you could choose political or current affairs headlines.
Ask the children to write a story to go with the headline. And don’t forget that all good newspapers need pictures too!
Write a scriptWrite and perform a puppet show, play or animation. Want to know how to make an animation?
Make a JournalJournals don't have to be about 'What you did at the weekend'! You can use them to explore all sorts of topics. Find out more about journaling for kids. For a book on Journal prompts try this one.
Who are they?Cut photographs of people from magazines and ask the children to pick two or three of them.
Write about who the people are, what their lives are like, and how they might know each other. It would also be fun to place the pictures of people in a geographic location and ask the children to write about what they are doing there.
A variation on this theme would be to go out to a park or cafe and do some people watching. Pick some people and make quick notes about them - how did they look, what were they wearing. Then write a story about them when you get home.
Comic BooksThese are fun to write (remember to let them read lots of comics as research!). There are several online programs for making comic books.
Make an ideas jarCut out slips of paper and write a word or two on each - blue/smooth/frosty/loved. Get the children to pick three to five words and make up a story using them.
Design and write an online BlogIt seems to motivate children if their musings are to be read by lots of people. If your children are homeschooled then invite them to join the Homeschooled Kids Carnival.
Write a Movie Review.Show the children some reviews by movie critics, then watch a movie for them to review. If you are looking for movie ideas, see my page teaching with movies.
Write a Haiku or LimerickOr try writing some found poetry
Do a scavenger huntMake a bag filled with items you find either on a nature walk or around the house. You could set a theme such as ten blue items, or items that weigh less than a certain amount. Gather the items together and try to weave them all into a story. More details here
Ideas DaybookStart an Ideas Daybook to keep track of your creative homeschooling ideas.
More Writing Ideas!
There are several sites that provide ideas for creative writing activities for kids. Some I have found useful (or fun!) are ;