Normally I dislike writing prompts for kids because I don’t like prompts myself. However, I do think many kids want and even need ideas and inspiration for writing. So, I’ve found some fantastic online story and character idea generators that I think will motivate your kids to write. These are writing prompts about which I can feel enthusiastic!
Story Ideas for Kids
The Story Starter, Junior
Click to get a randomly generated sentence to start your story. I got: The ghost was walking on the mountain top.
Children’s Writing Exercises
I like the First Line for a Story section. I generated: He had never seen anyone come out of the old house – until now.
Scholastic Story Starters
Enter the type of story (adventure, fantasy, sci-fi or scrambler), your name and grade, then get a fun and changeable idea. Change one or more parts of the story by spinning the wheel. I got: Describe the bedroom of a laughing acrobat who hikes the biggest forest in the world.
Flip and choose different settings, characters, and plot ideas in this easy-to-use book of story prompts.
Character Ideas for Kids
Random Name Generator
This is a fun site because you can pick out gender, ethnicity, and if you want the name to be mythological, ancient, biblical, fantasy and others. I picked Islandic female and got the name: Nanna Ástríður.
There are lots of cool options on this site! RanGen lets you find motives for your characters. I just did one and got: Driven by disillusionment, their goal is to live quietly without further trouble. It also has a character appearance generator where you can pick gender, type (unique, anime, realistic) and level of detail (simple, detailed).
Fantasy Name Generator
So many choices of what kind of name you can get from this generator– I picked consonant heavy names and got a huge list! I like: Nissghny. But how to pronounce it?
Wow is this a detailed site and best for middle school and high school writers. You can pick your character’s mindset (angry, confused, emotional, . . .) or action (combat, failure, revenge, . . . ) or situations and it tells you a list of ideas.
Writing Prompts for Kids
Okay, I’ll give you a few sites that offer writing prompts. Even though I hate them. 🙂 Clearly I need to work on my attitude!
These writing prompt sites for kids would be appropriate for journal writing, expository writing prompts, daily writing prompts, or fiction writing prompts.
Creative Writing Prompts
Click on a number to get one of the hundreds of prompts. #49 is: What do you do on a rainy day? Write about it in 250 words.
Fifteen Minutes of Fiction
This site offers weekly writing prompts. I dislike the cluttered way the site is setup though.
Writing Prompts Board on Pinterest
Find many writing prompts for kids on this Pinterest board.
K-5 Computer Lab Writing Prompt Generator
Get a randomly generated writing prompt on this site developed by a teacher. “Think about something that happened at school that you will remember for a long time. Tell what happened.”