Boost Writing Skills, Imagination, and More with Creative Writing Prompts—Creative writing is a fun and simple activity for kids of all ages—and best of all, it has countless educational benefits!
Whether your students keep a daily journal or simply complete weekly writing assignments, below are just a few of the benefits they’ll enjoy from regular creative writing practice.
Creative Writing Practice Benefits
1. Help Students Improve Their Writing Skills
Practice makes perfect, and creative writing is no different—when students write more frequently, they become better writers! Most importantly, those skills tend to translate to other types of writing and communication skills.
Through creative writing, students can improve at structuring sentences, expressing ideas, and choosing the correct words to articulate their ideas effectively. These important lessons will serve them well throughout the rest of their school years—and the rest of their lives.
2. Boost Your Students’ Self-Confidence
Creative writing is also a great way to boost a child’s self-confidence. The very act of putting words down on the page shows kids that what they have to say matters—and that their thoughts deserve attention.
Furthermore, writing prompts are a fun way to showcase to students how everyone can have a different opinion and bring something new to the conversation. When they see just how many ways they and their classmates find to answer a single question, kids learn that sometimes there are no right or wrong answers—and that there is value in everyone’s experiences.
3. Encourage Kids to Slow Down and Reflect
Similarly, consistent writing practice gives students the opportunity to slow down and reflect once in a while. We live in a fast-paced world where kids are bombarded with competing messages from every angle. This sometimes makes it tough for them to discern where their opinions originate—and which thoughts are actually their own.
Reflective creative writing combats this, as it helps students take a little time to explore their own ideas and thought patterns. As they write more frequently, they’ll begin to develop their own creative voices, and they may be surprised to see the fresh thoughts they can come up with!
4. Promote Imagination and Creativity Among Your Class
Of course, creative writing isn’t only about becoming a better writer or a clearer thinker… sometimes it’s simply about having a little fun with your imagination!
Other types of writing have rules and restrictions about form and content, but creative writing is where kids can really play and express themselves openly and freely. By giving your students the freedom to explore exciting thoughts through new forms of writing, you promote imagination and creativity—and show them just how freeing writing as an art form can be.
33 Creative Writing Prompt Ideas for Elementary and Middle School Students
Are you ready to see the profound impact that creative writing can have on your students? Use these 33 creative writing prompts with your class and see the places they can go through the power of imagination!
- Imagine that you get to go to the zoo and pick out any animal to take home as a pet. Which exotic creature would you choose and what would you name it? Write about what it would be like to take your new pet home.
- What would you do if you found a wallet with $1,000 in it lying on the ground?
- What fictional character do you identify with the most? What similarities and differences do you and the character have? What can you learn from his or her story?
- What do you think it would be like to be an astronaut? Would you enjoy it? Why or why not?
- If you could change any one thing about your life, what would it be? Why? How would your life be different afterward?
- Write about a time when someone did something that really helped you out. How did you feel afterward?
- Have you ever had a birthday wish come true? Was it worth it? Why or why not?
- Write about the one thing that makes you happier than anything else in the world.
- Imagine that you are shrunk down to the size of your thumbnail. What would you do first? How would your daily routine change?
- Would you rather spend a week alone on a deserted island or hiking in an empty forest? Why?
- Write about your favorite or most noteworthy memory from last school year.
- It’s the first day of summer vacation, and you step outside to find… that it’s snowing! How do you feel? What do you do next?
- What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? How did you manage it?
- Write about the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten. Use as much detail as you can!
- Make a list of nice things you could do for other people when they are having a bad day.
- What do you think life was really like for people before there was electricity? Do you think you could live in a world with no electricity? Why or why not?
- If you could be in charge of your own country, what are the first three laws you would create? What philosophies would you have as a leader?
- What is the coolest thing in our city that everyone should be sure to see? Describe it as if you were talking to someone who had never heard of it.
- Imagine that your personal hero is coming to dinner at your house. What would you serve? Would you want your family to be there for the meal? What would you talk about?
- If you were a part of nature, what would you be? Choose a type of weather, plant, animal, or landmark and write about how it reflects you and your personality.
- Write about a time when you solved a conflict you were having with a friend or family member.
- Would you ever want to go to a new school? Why or why not?
- Write about the experience of trying something new for the first time.
- Write a short story that includes the following words and objects: trumpet, birthday cake, orange, toothbrush, skateboard, cat, sister, and rollercoaster.
- Do you like to be scared sometimes? Why or why not?
- Would you rather be a pirate, a pie-maker, or a private eye? Why?
- Imagine that your parents wake you up one day and tell you they’re giving you a free day off from school to do whatever you want! What would you do first? Where would you go together?
- Write about a time when someone asked you to keep a secret. Did you keep the secret? If so, was it difficult? If not, whom did you tell? Why?
- Describe three things you do each day that are good for you. What benefits do you get from doing them? Do you enjoy the process? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite type of weather? What do you like most about it?
- Imagine that you own your own restaurant. What type of food do you serve? What does the inside of the restaurant look like?
- Write about something that you would never want to live without. Why is it so important to you?
- What three qualities do you like most about yourself? Write about why they make you so awesome!
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