50 Writing Prompts for Elementary School Children

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Children tend to get stuck when it comes to thinking of writing ideas on their own. We have all had writers 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, writer's need to warm up too. By giving students a writing prompt or idea for writing, it will ease their anxiety and allow them to write freely. Encourage students to choose one of the following writing ideas each day.

Challenge them to write without stopping for at least five minutes. Remind students that their is no wrong way to respond, and to just let their creative minds wonder.

Here is a collection of 50 creative writing prompts and ideas for your elementary school classroom. Use these to help spark your students' imagination.

  1. This 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...
  1. All about my best friend.
  2. Describe your favorite animal and why.
  3. My pet elephant...
  4. The time a bat was in my house...
  5. When I become an adult I want to...
  6. My best vacation was when I wen to ...
  7. Top 5 reasons why people argue are...
  8. Describe 5 reasons why school is important.
  9. My favorite television show is...
  1. The time I found a dinosaur in my backyard...
  2. Describe the best present that you ever received.
  3. Why is it that...
  4. My most embarrassed moment was when...
  5. Describe your favorite food and why.
  6. 34. Describe your least favorite food and why.
  7. The top 3 qualities of a friend are...
  8. Write about what you would cook for an enemy.
  9. Use these words in a short story: scared, angry, Sunday, bugs
  10. What's your idea of a perfect vacation?
  11. Write about why someone might be afraid of snakes.
  12. List ten rules that you have broken and why you broke them.
  13. I'd walk a mile for...
  14. I wish someone told me that...
  15. Describe the hottest day...
  16. Write about the best decision that you have ever made.
  17. You opened the door and then...
  18. The time the power went out I...
  19. Write about 5 things you can do if the power goes out.
  20. If I were President I would...
  21. Create a poem using the word: love, happy, smart, and sunny.
  22. 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.