Writing is an incredible skill that kids really have to work at. There are many ways to write and so many different styles that teaching my children can be really daunting!
It is so hard to inspire one of my kids to write. The other big kid loves to write, but is just beginning to do more than a sentence at a time. I decided to create some early elementary writing prompts to satisfy both of their writing abilities, and I wanted to share them with you. (For MORE writing prompts, check out 20 more writing prompts!)
For my younger student, a graduating kindergartner, I will require that he responds to the prompt verbally and I will write down his answer for him to rewrite as copywork.
For my older student, who is finishing 2nd grade, I will have her respond to the prompt directly onto her writing journal. I think a paragraph response will suffice!
If you have an older or more eager student, you could easily use these ideas to have your student write a most extensive writing assignment. Short stories, research papers, practice newspaper articles, poems, and more could be explored with them. Have fun with it!
Elementary Writing Prompts
- If you were given $100, but you could not save it or spend it on yourself, what would you do with it?
- Imagine that there is a planet called Mopidromdia. Describe what it is like there.
- Tell me about a robot that can do your chores for you.
- What is the best way to celebrate a birthday?
- Think of your favorite food. Mary has never seen, touched, or tasted it before. How would you describe it to her so she might understand what it is like?
- Explain the most important things someone needs to know about caring for a pet.
- Who in your family spends the most time in the kitchen? What do they do there?
- Describe what you observe looking outside the window closest to you.
- If you could leave a voice mail on a famous person’s cell phone, what would you say? (If this famous person lived before cell phones were invented, use your imagination!)
- What is the best way to make new friends?
- Tell me about a game you would like to invent. Who would play it? What would players need and where would they play? How would someone win?
- Finish this story: Josh the worm decided that today he was going to leave Mr. Jones’s yard……
- You are being interviewed by a magazine and they want to know more about your family. What would you tell them?
- What was the funniest thing that happened on your last vacation?
- Lily has never seen a chair before and has no idea what it would even be used for! Can you please explain it to her?
- What is the craziest flavor of ice cream that you can imagine? Write a song or commercial to advertise it to other people!
- Think about something you collect. Describe them without using the name of the items.
- When should children be allowed to stay up all night long?
- Describe how you brush your teeth. Don’t leave out any steps!
- If you could plant a garden and it would grow any food you’d like, what would you grow and why?
Keep Learning Fun!
This will be a fun way for us to do writing lessons, and I will also be able to touch upon handwriting, spelling, punctuation, creative thinking, and more. I hope to encourage my kids to push their writing to the next level over the summer so we can start the school year with a little bit of extra practice under our belts!
If you fear that these prompts will be too difficult for your child, give them a try anyway. I have a feeling that you’ll be surprised.
What do your early elementary children write about?