50 Writing Prompts for Elementary School Children

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Writing is a skill that every person needs in life, and developing that skill among children is an important part of elementary school studies. However, writing inspiration is not something that every student easily comes by. Like adults, many children also tend to get stuck when it comes to thinking of writing ideas on their own. We have all had writer's block at one point in our lives, so we can understand the frustration students may have. Just like athletes need to warm up their muscles, writers need to warm up their minds and creativity. By giving students a writing prompt or ideas and inspiration for writing topics, it will ease their anxiety and allow them to write more freely.

Elementary School Writing Prompts

What follows is a list of 50 writing prompts that teachers can use in the elementary school classroom. Allowing your students to choose one of the following writing ideas each day can provide inspiration for their creative writing. To make this an even better challenge, encourage them to write without stopping for at least five minutes, and over time, increase the minutes they must devote to writing. Remind students that there is no wrong way to respond to each prompt and that they should simply just let their creative minds wander.

With prompts that pertain to writing about people, you might encourage students to write about multiple people, and consider both people within their lives and people they do not know personally. This forces children to think more critically and consider unknown factors in the creation of their stories. You might also encourage students to think both realistically and in fantastical terms. When the confines of realistic possibility are eliminated, students are free to think more creatively, which can encourage them to become more engaged in the project at hand. 

  1. The person I admire the most is ... 
  2. My biggest goal in life is...
  3. The best book I ever read...
  4. The happiest moment in my life was when...
  5. When I grow up...
  6. The most interesting place I have ever been was...
  7. Tell three things you do not like about school and why.
  8. The strangest dream I ever had was...
  9. When I turn 16 I will...
  10. All about my family.
  11. I get scared when...
  12. Five things I would do if I was rich are...
  13. What is your favorite sport and why?
  14. If I could change the world I would by...
  15. Dear teacher, I would like to know...
  16. Dear President...
  17. I am happy when...
  18. I am sad when...
  19. If I had three wishes I would ...
  20. Describe your best friend, how you met them, and why you are friends.
  21. Describe your favorite animal and why.
  22. My pet elephant ...
  23. The time a bat was in my house ...
  24. When I become an adult I want to...
  25. My best vacation was when I went to ...
  26. Top 5 reasons why people argue are...
  27. Describe 5 reasons why going to school is important.
  28. My favorite television show is... (describe why)
  29. The time I found a dinosaur in my backyard...
  1. Describe the best present that you ever received.
  2. Why is it that...
  3. My most embarrassing moment was when...
  4. Describe your favorite food and why.
  5. Describe your least favorite food and why.
  6. The top 3 qualities of a friend are...
  7. Write about what you would cook for an enemy.
  8. Use these words in a short story: scared, angry, Sunday, bugs
  9. What's your idea of a perfect vacation?
  10. Write about why someone might be afraid of snakes.
  11. List ten rules that you have broken and why you broke them.
  12. I'd walk a mile for...
  13. I wish someone had told me that...
  14. Describe the hottest day you can remember ...
  15. Write about the best decision that you have ever made.
  16. You opened the door and then...
  17. The time the power went out I...
  18. Write about 5 things you can do if the power goes out.
  19. If I were President I would...
  20. Create a poem using the word: love, happy, smart, and sunny.
  21. The time my teacher forgot to wear shoes...

Looking for more writing ideas? Try these journal prompts or these real writing ideas for elementary school.

Article edited by Stacy Jagodowski

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