These creative writing prompts will help your child develop writing fluency by reducing the stress some kids feel towards spelling, and by reducing the time some take just deciding what to write about! The creative writing prompts help children develop self-confidence which is so important for developing a love for writing. And they are designed to help kids build funny sentences so they’re sure to get a laugh from them, too!
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Creative writing prompts help children create longer and more complex sentences by giving them key words so they can focus their attention on how to put those words together. Prompts should not replace kids thinking for themselves, but be used as an aid while children are learning, experimenting and gaining proficiency with the writing process.
There is one page with 24 prompts for each word type: adjectives, nouns and verbs. Print them off, cut them into squares and laminate if you’d like. I printed each on a different color so they’d be easy to identify.
Tape each word onto a craft stick and place each group of words in a small container. I have included the circular labels in the download if you’d like to use those, too.
Using the Creative Writing Prompts
Children choose 1 adjective, 1 noun and 1 verb and then decide how they’d like to use them in a sentence. They can write on the recording sheet provided, but can just as easily use their writing journals or recycled paper… especially if they’re not ready for writing extended sentences.
Does your child lack confidence?
Ask him to choose his words and then tell you a sentence he can create using those words. Wait until he can do this fairly easily before asking him to write.
What level writer is your child?
If she finds simple sentences difficult, don’t make her feel she has to write a complex sentence just yet. Writing is a long-term process!
On the other hand, if your child is more advanced, let her dive straight into the more complex sentences. She might like to take two of each word type to weave a more interesting story, perhaps even turning it into a paragraph!
Do the words make sense in the sentence?
I have included different tenses for the verbs to help children realize they can use the words in different ways. Often, adjectives can also be changed according to how and where they occur in a sentence, but I felt it would be too confusing to add multiple iterations of those as well.
The point is, children need to understand that it’s OK to change the word to help it fit in a sentence. For example, “the old clown knitted,” can just as easily be “the oldest clown knitted,” or “the older clown knitted.”
These prompts were created with first grade children in mind but can certainly be used for older kids, and Kinders, too, by only using the simpler words.
I hope your kids love using these prompts to develop amazing writing skills!