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 in children is an important part of elementary school studies. However, writing inspiration is not something that every student comes by easily. Like adults, many children tend to get stuck when it comes to thinking of writing ideas on their own.

We've all had writer's block at one point or another in our lives, so it's easy to understand the frustration students may experience. Just as athletes need to warm up their muscles, writers need to warm up their minds and creativity. Giving students writing prompts, or ideas and inspiration for writing topics, will ease their anxiety and allow them to write more freely.

Elementary School Writing Prompts

Allowing your students to choose a writing idea each day or each week from the 50 that are listed can provide inspiration for their creative writing. To make this activity more challenging, encourage them to write without stopping for at least five minutes, increasing the number of minutes that they devote to writing over time. Remind your students that there is no wrong way to respond to the prompts and that they should simply have fun and let their creative minds wander.

With prompts that pertain to writing about people, you might encourage students to write about multiple people, considering people in their lives and people they don't know personally. This encourages children to think more critically and consider unknown factors in the creation of their stories. You might also encourage students to think in terms of either the realistic or the fantastic. When the confines of realism 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 was...
  4. The happiest moment in my life was when...
  5. When I grow up, I want to...
  6. The most interesting place I have ever been to was...
  7. Name three things you don't like about school and why.
  8. The strangest dream I ever had was...
  9. When I turn 16, I will...
  10. Who is the funniest member of your family and why?
  11. I get scared when...
  12. Five things I would do if I had more money are...
  13. What is your favorite sport and why?
  14. What would you do if you could change the world?
  15. Dear teacher, I would like to know...
  16. Dear President Washington, what was it like to be the first president?
  17. My happiest day was...
  18. My saddest day was...
  19. If I had three wishes, I would wish for...
  20. Describe your best friend, how you met, and why you are friends.
  21. Describe your favorite animal and why.
  22. Three things I like to do with my pet elephant are...
  23. The time a bat was in my house...
  24. When I become an adult, the first thing I want to do is...
  25. My best vacation was when I went to...
  26. The top three reasons that people argue are...
  27. Describe five reasons that going to school is important.
  28. What is your favorite television show and why?
  29. The time I found a dinosaur in my backyard...
  30. Describe the best present you ever received.
  31. Describe your most unusual talent.
  32. My most embarrassing moment was when...
  33. Describe your favorite food and why.
  34. Describe your least favorite food and why.
  35. The top three qualities of a best friend are...
  36. Write about what you would cook for an enemy.
  37. Use these words in a story: scared, angry, Sunday, bugs.
  38. What's your idea of a perfect vacation?
  39. Write about why someone might be afraid of snakes.
  40. List five rules that you have broken and why you broke them.
  41. What is your favorite video game and why?
  42. I wish someone had told me that...
  43. Describe the hottest day you can remember.
  44. Write about the best decision you've ever made.
  45. I opened the door, saw a clown, and then...
  46. The last time the power went out, I...
  47. Write about five things you can do if the power goes out.
  48. If I were president, I would...
  49. Create a poem using the words: love, happy, smart, sunny.
  50. The time my teacher forgot to wear shoes...

If you're looking for more writing ideas, experiment with journal prompts or ideas for writing about important people in history like Martin Luther King Jr.