While some kids have an active imagination and a mind that’s brimming with inspiration, others require a bit of prompting to get those creative juices flowing. It’s not always easy to tap into the creativity they already have.
Even for adults, tapping into creativity and finding inspiration to start writing can be tough. This is why kids often need a little help along the way.
Whether kids are worried about expressing themselves or they simply have a lack of ideas, it’s essential to help kids find their writing inspiration so they can express creative ideas through writing. Once they learn how to find writing inspiration, they’re able to take that skill and continue using it whenever they write in life.
Here are a few tips that will help get kids inspired, and a few writing inspiration prompts that will allow kids to apply what they’ve learned.
Tip #1 – Stimulate the Brain Through Music and Art
Studies show that music and art stimulate the brain, improving performance, and boosting creativity. If you want kids to find inspiration, encourage them to spend time listening to music, take them to a concert, or visit an art museum together. When kids experience art and music, they’ll be exposed to different perspectives, broaden their horizons, and unlock the creativity that gives them the writing inspiration they need.
Tip #2 – Pay Attention to the Little Details
If kids are having a tough time finding inspiration for their writing, teach them to pay attention to the little details all around them. A closer look at your surroundings often offers fresh inspiration.
When kids writing stories, encourage them to pay attention to details such as facial expressions, body language, or detailed descriptions of the setting. If a child is thinking about what to write for a journal prompt, have the child consider the motivations and reasons behind an event, not just the event’s impact. By simply paying attention to the little details, new inspiration can be found, even in unlikely places.
Tip #3 – Teach Kids to Keep an Open Mind
When kids are observing their surroundings, and looking at the details around them, teach them to keep an open mind. Creativity involves being willing to try new things and flexibility, so kids need to learn how to open their mind to other thoughts and ideas.
While it’s essential to instill values in your kids, you also need to encourage them to be themselves so they can be open to creativity and inspiration. By teaching them to keep an open mind when they come across different thoughts and ideas, they’ll be more likely to find inspiration and creativity to use in their writing.
Tip #4 – Keep Track of Inspired Ideas
Remind kids to keep track of their inspired ideas. It’s easy to have a great idea and then forget it later. Encourage your child to write new ideas down in a journal or on their computer. This way, they’ll be able to go back and look through their ideas for a bit of writing inspiration when they need a creative jolt.
Beyond these helpful tips, we’ve put together some great writing inspiration prompts children can use for some additional practice.
20 Inspiring Writing Prompts
- You looked out the window one morning, and then you looked again. The weather forecast was completely wrong.
- Write about a large ship that can take you anywhere you’d like to go. Where do you go?
- What was the biggest, life-changing event that ever happened to you?
- Write a story about two people who are seeing each other for the very first time.
- Why is friendship so important? Write about why you think it’s important to have friends and one of your best friends.
- Write a story inspired by a dream you had recently.
- Create a journal entry or short story about a conversation that you overheard.
- Who is someone you admire? Why do you admire them so much?
- Imagine being someone’s shadow for a day. What would that be like?
- Write about a teacher in your life who had a big influence on you.
- Imagine you see a closed door. It’s locked. What’s behind it, and why is it locked?
- Spend some time sitting outdoors and pay attention to what you hear. Write about all the sounds you hear.
- Write a story about a time you had to be quiet when you wanted to be loud.
- What would you think if your mirror started talking? What would it say to you?
- Have you ever told someone no? Write about how that felt.
- Write about your best friend, describing how he or she looks, talks, and acts.
- What happens when your alarm clock goes off in the morning? How do you wake up?
- Write a journal entry or story that’s inspired by a photo you saw.
- What’s your favorite food? Describe how it looks, smells, and tastes.
- Think about one of your favorite songs. Write about why you like that song so much.
Writing Inspiration Prompts & Links
- Writing Prompts: 30 Inspiring Ideas
- 67 Journal Prompts for Inspiration for Kids
- 12 Picture Writing Prompts
- 6 Simple Ways to Stay Inspired as a Writer
Here’s to greater inspiration in kids everywhere!
Until next time, write on…
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From the archives, the following article was originally published on our blog in May of 2011 and may be of interest to you today.
More Writing Inspiration for Kids
Journal Ideas: 8 Fun Inspirations for Kid Journaling—
Great journal ideas are key to keeping kids engaged in their journal keeping efforts. Journaling is a fun way to keep a child’s writing skills – and imagination – sharp and fresh. This activity is great to share as a family, to do on one’s own or to mix it up and do both! It really comes down to personal preference and choice and to which journal ideas truly thrill the journal keeper the most.
Throughout the year and especially during the summer months, exciting and inspirational journal ideas are a good way to keep kids busy with a healthy activity. It can also help them to practice and refine their writing skills and creativity.
Here are a few quick and easy journal ideas to get the kids started or keep them going on their journaling adventures!
Journal Ideas: 8 Great Inspirations for Kids
1 – What if you were president?
Write as if you were president of the United States. What changes would you make? What kind of laws would you enact?
2 – Make up a holiday.
Make up your very own holiday. What would be the theme? What would it be called? What types of games, food, and traditions would be included in this holiday?
3 – Write about your favorite food.
Describe your favorite food. Be descriptive when telling about its look, feel, smell and taste. What does it remind you of? How does it make you feel?
4 – What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you want to be a doctor or a carpenter? Tell why. What aspects of the job appeal to you? You can also tell what you don’t like about the job.
5 – Write about the ultimate birthday gift.
If money was no object and you could receive any birthday gift, what would it be? How big would it be? Would you use it every day? How impossible is it that you would actually get this as a gift? Another journal idea would be to write about the ultimate birthday party.
6 – Write about your most embarrassing moment.
Everyone has something embarrassing that has happened to them. Write about yours. Remember, this journal is for your eyes only, so do be afraid to be specific.
7 – If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?
This will work with anything. You could write about what kind of food, animal, furniture or anything else you might be. Explain why you chose this object. What features and characteristics about this object are similar to yours? This is always a fun journal idea because you can let your imagination run wild and be whatever or whomever you want to be.
8 – Write about your favorite age.
If you could be stuck at one age for the rest of your life, what age would you be? Why? What do you like about this age? It can be an age you have already passed or an age you have not yet reached.
Journaling doesn’t have to seem like work, especially if you think of fun journal ideas and write about your own interests. When you do so journaling can take your imagination to worlds you have never dreamed of. Writing, regardless of the subject matter, can be a huge stress reliever and can make you feel like you can once again take on the world.
Here’s to fun and inspirational journaling ideas! Until next time, journal on…