Writing Prompts for Kids
The ability to write is one of the most important skills that our kids can develop. Better writers are better thinkers and more creative problem solvers. No matter what our kids end up doing for paid work, strong communication skills are a must.
But what if your child is a reluctant writer? And even if they love writing, how can we help them avoid the “summer slide” in writing skills over summer vacation?
I have the solution – it’s a craft and a writing activity all rolled into one: a writing prompt jar.
Ever sat down to write and come up blank? Our kids are no different. Before you write anything, you need an idea. Writing prompts prime the pump of our kids’ creativity.
Find a jar for your kids to decorate.
Write up some writing prompts and cut them into separate pieces. (I curled them around a pencil but you can fold them up too).
Need some ideas for writing prompts? Here are a few to get you started:
- If my dog could talk…
- Describe your favorite character from a book, a movie, or television.
- If you held a world record, what would it be in?
- For more, google “kids writing prompts”
Fill the jar.
How to Use the Writing Prompts
Set aside 20 minutes and have your child ready with paper, pencil and eraser.
Your child will dig into the jar and pick one writing prompt. They don’t like it? Have them pick another one.
Help them plan how to respond to the prompt: brainstorm with you, act it out, or even draw their ideas. This will only take a few minutes.
Then get them writing. Set a timer so you know when time’s up.
Don’t worry too much about the spelling or punctuation – this is about practicing their creative writing skills. Practice makes perfect!
When you read what they have written, find specific things to praise. “I like how you used the words brown and fluffy to describe the puppy” is much better than “good work”.
Writing prompts are all about stretching your kids’ imagination and giving their minds a healthy workout. And it’s a fun way to learn.