Do You Use Writing Prompts?

I love writing.

It’s no secret in our little family of 5 that I’m the weird one. The one who loves the English language, loves reading, loves writing and grammar and spelling. I just love words.

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One of my (many) life goals is to actually complete on of my short stories and novels and then self-publish.

But, my children (and hubby) do not share my love of the written word. They would rather do just about anything else than write or read.

I insist Mr 16, Miss 14 and Miss 12 do their writing & spelling and grammar & punctuation workbooks. I don’t care if they do 10 minutes or half-an-hour a day but they have to do something. If they don’t want to, then they have to read.

When I first began homeschooling Miss 14 (she was Miss 13 then), I collected a mass of free resources for English.

And I soon had a rebellion on my hands.

So all my research and own ideas don’t go to waste, below you will find writing prompts for all age groups.


1. Writing Prompts For Young Children

Young children love to draw, so include space for a picture and a short sentence.

They also love asking ‘Why?’ so now it’s your turn.

  • My favourite colour is…. Why?
  • My favourite animal is…. Why?
  • My favourite food is…. Why?
  • My best friend is…. Why?
  • I love my mum/dad because….
  • My favourite book is…. Why?
  • If I could have a pet, I would get a…. Why?
  • I helped mum/dad in the garden. We….?
  • I helped mum/dad cook dinner. We made…? I helped by…? It tasted…?
  • I like it when it rains because….
  • I like it when it’s sunny because….
  • I like trees because….
  • I like going to the beach because….
  • I like camping because….
  • I like going to Grandma’s because….
  • I like going to Nana’s because….
  • I like playing….(sport)
  • My favourite game is….
  • I like my brother because….
  • I like my sister because….


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2. Writing Prompts For Older Children

  • If you woke up with superpowers, what would they be? Describe a day in your life.
  • Your whole family has superpowers. What are they?
  • If you could be any animal you wanted, what would you be? What would a day be like?
  • It’s the future, you and your family live in space. What is it like?
  • You go camping with your family. There is a storm. What happens?
  • You are an athlete. What sport do you play? Who are your teammates?
  • If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
  • You have a pet crocodile. What is life like?
  • Your favourite animal takes over the world. What happens?
  • You can breathe underwater. What is it like at the bottom of the ocean?
  • You can fly. Where do you go? What do you do?
  • You have a pet dragon. What adventures do you have?
  • You’re starting at a new school what happens on your first day?
  • You’re moving house. Where are you going? Why? How do you feel?
  • You get a puppy for your birthday. What do you call him? What does he look like?
  • Your best friend’s pet rabbit has been kidnapped. How do you help him/her find it?
  • You can be anything you want to be. What are you? What is your life like?
  • Write a letter to your future self. What do you hope to be like in the future?
  • You are a character in your favourite book. What happens to you?
  • You are a kangaroo. What do you do?
  • Your mum finds a snake in the house! What happens?
  • Write a sentence beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
  • You get a big box for your birthday. What’s inside?
  • Your parents tell you that you are all moving overseas. Where? Why?
  • You are on a spaceship. Where are you going? What happens?
  • You live on a boat. Where? What is it like?
  • You live on a farm. What animals do you have? What are your chores?
  • Your family visits the zoo. The animals escape. What happens?
  • You live in the middle of a big city. A friend visits. What do you show them?
  • You find a bag of money. Where? What do you do?
  • Write a poem about an animal of your choice.
  • You are a spy but nobody knows. What is your mission? What happens?
  • It rains for weeks. A flood is coming. What happens?
  • You go on a bush walk. The trees and animals talk to you. What do they say? What do they ask you to do?
  • You are a character in your favourite movie. What happens to you?
  • Write a poem about Summer.
  • You live in prehistoric times. What is your life like?
  • A genie grants you three wishes. What do you wish for?
  • You are a genie in a lamp. Someone lets you out. What happens?
  • Write a poem about Winter.


Do You Use Writing Prompts?


3. Writing Prompts For High Schoolers

  • ‘It’s your time machine, you choose the date.’
  • ‘Mr (Mrs) President/Prime Minister, what are you going to do?
  • ‘There were only three survivors…’
  • ‘I shouldn’t have come to this party…’
  • ‘Sorry, I didn’t do my homework…’
  • ‘No one noticed when I left the room…’
  • ‘You can’t do that!’
  • ‘Where were you last night?’ asked the police officer.
  • ‘I can’t believe you’re dead.’
  • ‘He packed his bags and walked out the door.’
  • ‘He was late. Again.’
  • ‘She looked straight past him.’
  • ‘There’s no one else. We ‘re all that’s left.’
  • ‘Please stop.’
  • ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’
  • ‘The car was blue.’
  • ‘It was dark. I couldn’t see who it was.’
  • ‘The robot said my name.’
  • ‘It looked like a werewolf.’
  • ‘Vampires are not real.’
  • ‘I don’t believe in ghosts.’
  • ‘She drove like a crazy person.’
  • ‘It was a dark and stormy day.’
  • ‘The light flickered, then went out.’
  • ‘The moon was so big she felt as though she could reach out and touch it.’
  • ‘The spaceship jolted as it was hit by the meteor shower.’
  • ‘I didn’t do it!’
  • ‘Witches don’t exist.’
  • ‘I’m so glad you’re here.’
  • ‘Where have you been?’
  • ‘What did you do with it?’
  • ‘Who do you think you are?’
  • ‘Who are you?’
  • ‘Everyone heard the scream.’
  • ‘The plane leaves in ten minutes.’



In Conclusion

Getting your children to love reading and writing can seem like a mammoth task, and sometimes it will actually be an impossible one, but keep at it.

Hopefully, the above writing prompts will help.

Let me know how you go by leaving a comment below.

And remember, no matter how difficult it may seem at times, try to

Enjoy the Journey,

Lara xx


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Author: Lara Galea

Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.

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