The Best Writing Prompts for Kids in Books and Online

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Want to get your kids writing? Many kids want (and even need) ideas and inspiration for writing. These fantastic books and online story and character prompts will help.

The Best Story Writing Prompts

1. The Storymatic Kids!

The best thing about Storymatic Kids! is the amazing (and seemingly endless) combinations that push you to think creatively. It’s our favorite oral storytelling game and very useful in writing fictional stories as well. Read more. Buy it.

2. EeBoo Storytelling Cards

We own all the sets of eeBoo Story Cards because they’re WONDERFUL for storytelling! Mix and match to find plot, characters, and story elements for your own unique story.

3. Scholastic Story Starters
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Enter the type of story (adventure, fantasy, sci-fi or scrambler), your name and grade, then get fun and changeable ideas. Switch 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.


4.Build-a-Story Cards Ocean Adventure by Barefoot Books

Use these colorful ocean-themed illustrations for many learning activities. You can look for opposites, tell stories focusing on the story elements (characters, setting, objects), hunt for shapes, count things on the cards, make a mathematical word problem, look for patterns, or use as a story starter. SO many possibilities, the least of which is storytelling and writing. Lucious, diverse illustrations!

5. The Amazing Story Generator

The Amazing Story Generator story writing prompts for kids
Flip and choose different settings, characters, and plot ideas in this easy-to-use book of story ideas. My full review is here. Buy The Amazing Story Generator here.

 

6. Mrs. Wordsmith’s Storyteller’s Illustrated Dictionary

Mrs. Wordsmith's Storyteller's Illustrated Dictionary
This deluxe, illustrated storytelling dictionary gets kids jazzed about words with over 1,000 words illustrated in entertaining cartoons. Flip through the dictionary to get ideas for a story. Because whether you start with settings or characters or weather, in any section your creativity will immediately kick in. Buy it. Read more.

7. Children’s Writing Exercises
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Check out this easy way into writing a story– randomly generate a “First Line for a Story”! I generated: He had never seen anyone come out of the old house — until now.

The Best Character Ideas for Kids

1. Random Name Generator
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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 Icelandic female and got the name: Nanna Ástríður.

2. RanGen
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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).

3. Fantasy Name Generator
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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?

4. Storybase
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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.

More Writing Prompts for Kids

These writing books and sites for kids are meant for journal writing, expository writing prompts, daily writing prompts, and/or fiction writing.

1. Journal Sparks


This book gives children both art and writing inspiration. Read my full review. Buy it.

2. Image and Imagination: Ideas and Inspiration for Teen Writers


The book is filled with gorgeous photographs, beautiful design, and interesting writing prompts. What’s more, I think it can be used for writers of all ages, not just teens. Read more. Buy it.

3. Creative Writing Prompts
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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.

4. Fifteen Minutes of Fiction
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This site offers weekly writing prompts. I dislike the cluttered way the site is set up though.

5. My Pinterest Board of Ideas
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Find many writing prompts for kids on this Pinterest board.

6. K-5 Computer Lab Writing Prompt Generator
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Get a randomly generated ideas 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.”

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