Kids have amazing imaginations, right?
Let’s encourage their brains to work by giving them some creative writing prompts to get them started!
One of my favourite activities to do with children is creative writing and story telling. It is a super fun activity that let’s their imagination run wild and helps them grow their vocabulary.
Play a story telling game
This one is a lot of fun and I’m sure you played it as a kid too! You need at least 2 players but really, the more the merrier.
Sit in a circle.
Player one delivers the first line of the story.
Player 2 says the next sentence.
Continue round in a circle, each adding a line to the story!
This can end in hilarity as the story will take many unexpected twists.
This can also be made in a written version. Write the first line and pass the paper to the next player. They write the next sentence and then fold the paper so that only their sentence can be seen and so on and so forth. At the end, open up the paper and read the story out loud to see what nonsense you have created!
Story starters are sentences that you can give to a child to use as the first line of their story. To really capture the kids attention they should be funny or a little crazy.
– When I looked in the mirror this morning, I didn’t see my own face…I saw the face of a teddy bear!
– I will never forget the day I turned into a jellyfish.
– The trouble started the day I found an alien on my way home from school and decided to bring him home.
– At the weekend I had to babysit a cheeky little chimpanzee!
Have a look at our creative writing prompts Pinterest board for some more great ideas.
Let the kids read through a few options and pick one that appeals to them! Don’t forget, these prompts are merely starting points. They can write about this topic or take it off in a completely different direction! There is no right or wrong way to tell a story and that is the beauty of it.
Another great option is to buy Story cubes.
Roll the dice and make up a short story that includes the pictures shown!
Can’t get the kids to sit still and write their ideas down? Don’t worry! It’s not the end of the world.
Why don’t you suggest for them to dictate the story as you write it down?
Or have them type it on a computer?
Why not build a shadow puppet theatre and have them act out their stories for mum and dad?