13 Creative Writing Games For Kids To Nurture Their Imagination
Writing is such an important part of your child’s development and education . Of course, you probably already remember how important essay writing was during testing time when you were in school. That hasn’t changed. When you also consider all the poorly written work emails you get in a day, it makes it even easier to understand how dire it is for kids to learn to communicate effectively when they write. There’s more to writing than just school work and business communication, though. Journaling is an excellent way to teach kids to explore their feelings. Creative writing is also wildly important for kiddos as it nurtures their imagination .
How do you encourage a child to write? It’s not always easy, but making it fun can certainly help.
1. Telephone Pictionary
There’s actually a board game , called Scribblish , that follows this same concept. However, you can play the game without shelling out money. Start by having your child write down a secret sentence. Maybe it’s a short quote from a Disney movie or just something they’re feeling. Next, they’ll pass it to a friend or sibling and that player will try to draw what the sentence says. They’ll fold over or tear off the original sentence. When it gets to the next person, they’ll try to translate the drawing into a sentence. This can follow as many steps as you want. In the end, it’s just like playing telephone and super fun to see how convoluted things got from the original message.
2. Personalized Card Messages
Getting ready to send that Amazon gift card to your brother in another state? Set down your child and ask them to write a letter to their uncle. If they’re stuck, make gentle suggestions by asking them about their favorite memory with their uncle or reminding them of the last present he sent.
3. Start a Journal
The traditional way of doing this is to just buy your sweetie a fun new journal and some cool pens. Then let them decide what to write inside. You could also make it a journal you share — a safe place for them to tell you their feelings and secrets or ask you questions they might be embarrassed to ask out loud. You could even write shared stories by taking turns filling a page each night.
4. Popcorn Storytelling
Remember popcorn reading in class? Think of this like that. You can start a story with a sentence or two, then pass it on to one of your children. Whether they take two minutes to write out the next part of the story or just tell you what happens next, they’re still “writing” and creating something new. After two minutes, it’s someone else’s turn.
5. Secret Storytime
Similar to popcorn writing, but with a bit more structure. Start with a piece of paper and have the first kiddo write down the name of a person or character, then fold it over and pass it along. The next kid will name another person, fold it, again, and pass it on. Keep passing until each of the following questions are answered:
Where did they go? What did they do? What did they say? How did it end? The last player unfolds the paper and uses the answers to tell the story.
6. Mad Libs
Mad Libs have been around for decades and are still pretty popular. Now only is it a fun storytelling adventure, it’s also a chance to each your kids grammar and sentence structure. Start by working your way through a couple books. Next, make up your own Mad Lib for your children to fill in and, eventually, encourage them to make one for you.
7. Vocab Challenge
You can use your children’s vocabulary words from school or have your own set of words at home. Help them learn a fun new word each morning and then ask them to come up with a sentence that uses that word. For older kids, ask them to take all their sentences from the week and use them (and new sentences) to create a story.
8. Screen time, School time
It’s summer. You don’t want everything they learned to go to waste. But, you also don’t have a brain full of activities to fill the two months’ worth of days they’re off. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of screen time. However, if you’re feeling guilty, making it a “learning opportunity.” “You can watch Moana, but then you have to write five sentences about it.” As they get older, challenge them with more specific questions to answer. “What did she learn?” “Why was her grandma so important to her journey?” You get the idea.
9. Grocery Time
This isn’t exactly a game but, with enough enthusiasm from you, it might seem like one. Ask your kiddo to help write out the grocery list. This could be as imaginative as asking them what they’d like to buy or as useful as helping them write out and spell the things you actually need to get. Bonus: Including them in your meal planning and grocery buying might actually mean less dinner table stubbornness. Maybe.
10. Caption Contest
Make copies of funny family pictures and put them in a scrapbook. Let your kids have fun writing the captions for each picture.
11. Guess Who!
Remember the game of Guess Who where you had to use descriptors to eliminate people until you accurately guessed who the other person was? A simple twist on this game is to show your kids different pictures of people or characters they know, then ask them to write out five sentences that describe their person. Afterwards, they’ll take turn reading their descriptions to one another and guessing who they got.
12. Dialogue Writing
This can go multiple directions. You could print off a comic strip with no dialogue and ask your children to decide what happens and what is said. You could even print out completely blank comic strips and let them write or draw their own comics. Another option, though, is to simply say, “What do you think so and so would talk about while out to dinner?” This could be something like Mickey and Minnie or even Grandma and Dad. Start simple, but mix things up as they get better about it. “What would you talk about while stuck in traffic with your music teacher?” “What do you think I would say to the President?”
13. Invest In Story Cubes
There are so many iterations of story cubes and so many ways to play! The basic concept is simple, though: Little cubes that you roll like dice and help get your brain working.
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This article was originally published on Jan. 29, 2020
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You want your kids to spark to writing, but how do you do that?
Enter these entertaining and fun writing games for kids!
9+ Creative Writing Games for Kids
I know what you’re thinking, “Games and writing?
Those words don’t go together!” But any imaginative challenge that gets the pen moving can be a game.
The goal is always to inspire children to write—and even have fun in the process!
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Design an Ad
Children love to persuade!
What better way than to have them write their own advertisement?
You can bring in sample products or let them come up with their own.
They can create their own cereal, or imagine their own sneaker with amazing properties.
Roll your way to a story!
Create six characters and number them.
For example: 1. Chameleon 2. Firefighter 3. Magician, etc…. Then create six settings and number those: 1. Forest 2. Transylvania 3. Library, etc…. Give the child two dice.
Roll the first die to get a character and the second for a setting. ‘
Create your own newspaper that reports real or imagined events!
Your students can learn to write articles with the 5 Ws (who, what, when, where, and why) for Dragon University, Mermaid Academy, or for your real-life local school or community.
Pass Around the Story
You need two or more people for this game.
Come up with a story starter, like “Ever since that day in the summer, I have been afraid of crickets.
Here’s what happened.” Then one student composes the next sentence.
Then another student does the sentence following.
Keep passing around the story!
Comic Story Inspiration
Find a comic and black out the words.
This comic should be three to six pictures in length.
The student should write a story that explains the comic—who are the characters?
What did they think, feel, and say?
What was the problem?
Give your students some Bananagrams and ask them to form words for two minutes.
When they are done, they must use those words in a poem (along with other words of their choosing).
This game take two or more people.
Have a list of questions ready:
- Who is in this story?
- Where does it take place?
- When does it take place?
- What problem do the characters face?
- How does it end?
One person acts as the interviewer and asks the questions of the others.
You can write the answers down, and then at the end ask someone to tell the story.
This game is like Pass Around the Story but with a twist (you need a group for this game).
Begin with a story starter.
The next student writes the second sentence of the story.
Now fold the paper so only the second sentence is visible.
The next person looks at the sentence he can see and writes a sentence to follow it.
Now fold the paper again so the first two sentences are covered and only the most recent sentence is visible.
The next person writes a sentence to follow it.
Repeat this process until the story is complete.
The result will be wild and fun!
This game teaches students to use specific adjectives to create a strong mental picture for the reader.
Come up with a basic sentence like, “The donkey munched the hay.” Now add adjectives that describe the donkey.
You can ask prompting questions like, “What color was he?” “How did his fur feel?” “What did he smell like?” “How was he feeling?” The result will be a sentence with a string of vivid adjectives: “The stinky, pudgy, cranky, furry gray donkey munched the hay.”
Do not underestimate the power of Story Cubes .
Roll these cubes and create a story with the resulting pictures.
Story Cubes come in categories to capture every student’s interest.
From basic sets like action and mystery to trademarked sets like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Batman, Story Cubes should be in every writing teacher’s drawer.
Fun Writing Games
Writing doesn’t have to elicit groans.
Add some zest and laughter with these fun writing games for kids.
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Kid-Friendly Writing Warm-Ups That Spark Creative Writing
by Kim Kautzer | Feb 15, 2021 | Teaching Homeschool Writing , Writing Games & Activities
Have you ever put off a tough task only to realize it wasn’t as bad as you imagined—once you simply got started? It seems that beginning something new is often the most challenging part of a project. Marquise du Deffand says it perfectly:
The distance is nothing; it’s only the first step that is difficult.
Writing can feel the same way. A blank piece of paper stares back at your child. He imagines how long the writing assignment is going to take and all the drafts and edits that await him. Taking the very first step is the hardest part. Once he plunges in and the words start flowing , he may even find he doesn’t want to stop!
This natural inertia that makes those first steps so hard is why young writers need warm-ups . These pre-writing activities and kid-friendly writing warm-ups provide structure for thinking about the writing task and a low-risk way to take those first forward motions.
1. Writing Prompts
While some students are full of ideas and resist being forced to write about an assigned topic, most children appreciate the nudge that an interesting or humorous writing prompt offers. We have an entire category of writing prompts here on the WriteShop blog to keep you stocked with ideas.
Don’t expect every prompt to appeal to your child. That’s why we write so many of these—so your young writer can choose a topic that genuinely interests him . And since writing prompts are merely starting points, allow your child to tweak the prompt to his own liking. One prompt can even be a springboard to a completely different writing topic altogether.
The point is not that your child sticks with a prescribed topic, but that he has a starting point for his own writing.
2. Story Starters
Again, all a child needs sometimes to begin a creative writing project is a gentle push in the right direction. While prompts offer a topic or ask a question, story starters actually provide the first sentence . Write one of these on a sheet of paper to avoid the blank page panic .
Kid-friendly story starters make great writing warm-ups! Here is a list of 15 first lines with humorous or far-fetched themes that you can use as story starters. For added fun, print the prompts on cards and let the kids draw a prompt from the pile. Blank game cards are perfect for this!
Story Starter Ideas
- I will never forget the day I became a whale (mole, giraffe, sea gull, ladybug, etc.).
- I had an exciting adventure when I rode a camel through the desert.
- It had rained all night and all day. I was lost and far from home.
- When I looked in the mirror yesterday, a monkey’s face was staring back at me.
- My Uncle Pye lived in an upside-down house.
- Ethan’s pillow told him exciting bedtime stories. One night . . .
- Bella’s aunt invented a board game with pieces that could move by themselves. Bella would tell the pieces where to move and they would obey her voice. One day, the pieces began ignoring her.
- Hunter bought a robot that cleaned his room. But last week, the robot forgot how to do the chores.
- Finola Feather was always floating away. Her feet wouldn’t stay on the ground. One day . . .
- The trouble started when Sofia brought home a _______ last week.
- Yesterday, Grandpa came up with the craziest invention in his laboratory!
- I remember the year it snowed in July.
- Micah flew to the moon in his new rocket ship. But when he landed, he was in for a big surprise!
If your child struggles to put words on paper, it may be helpful to set a timer and write a little each day . Start out with five minutes, increasing the time as his confidence grows. When time is up, he can stop writing. His story will build day by day! Encourage him to wrap it up by the end of the week.
Verbal children might enjoy dictating their story as you write it down , especially if they are struggling or reluctant writers . Alternatively, let them use a recording device .
3. Round Robin
In a round robin, players take turns adding to a story as it moves around the table from person to person. The writing prompts and story starters mentioned in #1 and #2 above are great ways to get the ball rolling. Or download this free printable round-robin prompt !
- You can play with as few as two people or as many as five (e.g., you and your child, three or four siblings, or small groups of three to five in a class or co-op).
- There are different ways to play, making it easy to adapt for families whose kids read or write at different levels.
- Remind children that as the story passes from one to the next, it will take unexpected or silly twists and turn s. If they understand this ahead of time, it helps ward off disappointment when the story line starts heading in a different direction from what they had in mind.
Oral Round Robin
Kid-friendly round robins, especially when done orally, make awesome writing warm-ups! This activity is ideal for mixed ages. No writing is involved , so even children who can’t read or write well can play.
Directions : Give an older child a writing prompt. Set a timer for one minute, and have her begin adding to the prompt to tell a story. When the timer goes off, even if the story is in mid-sentence, the child to the left picks up where the tale left off. Keep going around the table from child to child. After 7-8 minutes, give notice that it’s time to draw the story to a close so the last two children will know to wrap it up.
Write Around the Table
This activity is better for children who are reading and writing independently.
Directions: Each child chooses a story prompt and begins writing. When the timer rings, stories pass to the person on the left, who will add to the plot. Each time papers are passed, increase the amount of time allotted , as children will need time both to read and add details to the growing stories. When four or five students are playing, they will write the conclusion when their original story finally makes its way back to them. Alternatively, you can simply give a heads up when it’s time to wrap up the story that’s in front of them.
4. 6-word Rhyming Poems
Challenge your kids to write 2-line, 6-word poems using active, descriptive words. Here are four examples:
OUCH ! Climbed the tree, Skinned my knee.
NIGHT SKY Moon glows white, Black sky’s nightlight.
PLAYTIME Shaking rattles, making noise. Baby toys .
AT SEA Stormy sea! Crashing waves frighten me.
Rhyme Zone is a kid-friendly, helpful resource to use during writing warm-ups that involve poetry. Invite your children to glean from it whenever they write rhyming poems .
5. Poetry Strips and Word Banks
Writing is made up of words , so words themselves may inspire your children to write. Offer themed word banks of related words you have pre-selected, or let your children help you create the word banks.
Content-area word banks are a great warm-up for writing across the curriculum . Use new vocabulary from your science or history lessons to make word lists that can then inspire creative writing.
Upper-elementary students may enjoy browsing the dictionary for interesting words to include in a story. For younger kids, download this free printable of word strips or, better yet, make your own!
Storyboards are great for children who like to draw. Their sketches can serve as a launching pad to creative writing .
- Provide writing prompts or StoryBuilders and ask your kids to choose a story idea.
- Give them nine index cards. On the first three cards, invite them to draw simple pictures of what might happen at the beginning of the story (one scene per card).
- On the next three cards, have them draw pictures of what might happen in the middle of the story.
- Ask them to think about how their story could end, and draw their ideas on the last three cards.
The beauty of storyboarding? They’re not getting caught up worrying about word choice, spelling, or grammar. They’re just playing with ideas. And if they want to make changes, it’s so easy to move those ideas around—or even swap them out for others.
7. The Sound of Things
Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates a sound. Here’s a fun exercise that helps kids think of sound words.
Hiss can be an animal sound, the sound of an air leak, or a “quiet” sound. A pipe, a person, or the wind can groan . So don’t worry if there is overlap between categories— it’s just fun playing with the sounds of words!
If you need help guiding your kids, these websites feature lists of onomatopoetic words.
- 5 Examples of Onomatopoeia
- Examples of Onomatopoeia for Kids
- Onomatopoeia Word List
- Talk about water in its many forms and the different sounds water can make. What sounds would you hear from rainfall or waterfalls? Puddles or oceans? Little creeks or rushing rivers? Hoses or pipes? Faucets or fountains? Straws in a glass of lemonade? What about melting icicles or slush? Together, come up with a list of water words , such as plop, drip, and gurgle .
- Play again, coming up with sounds animals make , such as chirp, hee-haw , and moo . Other categories could include air or wind sounds (hiss, rustle, gasp, flap) , machinery or vehicle sounds (whirr, thrum, clank, chug), explosion sounds (bang, kaboom, crash) , or different sounds voices make (mumble, blurt, groan) . You can also ask for “quiet” words or “loud” words.
8. A Great Book
Picture books, chapter books, and reading aloud can inspire great writing too.
Write fan fiction that remains true to the setting and to the character’s personalities. Invite your child to:
- Choose a pivotal decision that a character made in the book, and rewrite the story with the character making a different decision.
- Extend the story beyond the ending. Write the sequel or an additional chapter.
- Put the characters into a brand-new setting (maybe via a time machine, for example).
Picture books make great kid-friendly writing warm-ups . Many picture books are based on a formula or structure that serves as a model for your own story on a different topic. For example, the familiar book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie can give kids a formula for writing a chain of hilarious events sparked by a single, innocent action.
While wordless books have no words, they certainly have a story . Your children can put that story into words after reading a wordless book . This can be especially fun to do in a group setting where kids can compare versions with each other. It’s fun to see how motives and feelings were interpreted by different writers in the group.
WriteShop J unior is a partnership between you and your child—because that’s how writing is best taught! You’ll love all the hands-on activities and tools, including kid-friendly writing warm-ups, graphic organizers, and detailed brainstorming instructions for each and every story. Not only that, you’ll learn how to model the brainstorming process with simple dialogues and writing examples.
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When kids start writing, they’re unlocking a whole new world of imagination to explore. It’s a great way for them to be creative, express themselves and practice key reading and writing skills.
But as most kids — and adults — will tell you, writing is hard! It can be intimidating to put pen to paper for the first time, and sometimes the challenge of a blank page seems like too much to overcome.
Writing shouldn’t be scary for kids. These 22 fun writing activities can help them:
- Use their imagination
- Think up new stories and ideas
- Share their writing with friends and family
Use them in your classroom or at home to get kids excited about writing!
Writing is supposed to be fun! Use these activities to help kids stretch their imagination and record their thoughts on paper in a fun, low-stress environment.
1. Try online ELA games like Prodigy English
Great for: Grades 1 to 6
Online games are a great way to engage students in the learning process — and Prodigy English is bringing the power of game-based learning to language and reading skill practice!
As students build and create, they’re always practicing key reading and language skills that help them write clearly and effectively. Every correct answer gives players more energy to gather resources, complete daily tasks and earn Wishcoins.
Plus, you can send questions about the topics you want them to practice and collect insights about their learning.
2. Poetry scavenger hunt
Great for: Middle and high school students
Words are all around us, so encourage your students to take inspiration from the real-life writing they see every day. Have students collect printed words and phrases from the world around them, including:
- Magazine ads
- Graphic novels
- Newspaper headlines
- Social media captions
Students can collect and arrange their words on a piece of paper to make a unique piece of poetry. Encourage them to find a key idea and expand on it in creative ways, then have students share their work with the class.
3. Create your own comic strip
Great for: Grades 4 to 10
Students learn in all sorts of ways. For visual learners, creating a comic strip to accompany their story can help them express themselves in a visual medium.
Give students a set number of panels and challenge them to come up with a quick story — just a few sentences. Then, they can illustrate their scene in the style of comic books.
Remind students the point isn’t to be the best artist — it’s to write a story that’s short and exciting.
4. Create your own Madlib
Great for: Elementary and middle school students
Give students vocabulary practice and help them write a silly story at the same time!
Fill a sheet with the outline of the story, then remove key words like:
For younger students, add a word bank to get them started. As students fill in words, they’ll craft a unique story filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Once students start getting in the habit of writing, these creative writing activities can pull new ideas out of their heads and encourage them to experiment with different genres.
Great for: Grades 3 to 8
Acrostic poems are a great way to introduce your students to poetry! Start with a meaningful word or name and use it as a theme for the poem.
Writing the word vertically, students can go down the letters and write a short word or phrase that starts with each letter. Acrostic poems help students write within a structure and theme, so it’s easier for them to get started.
6. A letter to your future self
Great for: Middle school and high school
Where do your students see themselves in a year? Five years? Ten years?
A letter to their future selves is a great way for students to explore their own story, and brainstorm what they want to achieve. Not only can students practice their letter-writing skills, they can use their imaginations to develop a growth mindset .
For extra nostalgia, store the letters for students and mail them out once the right amount of time has passed.
7. Write a “Choose your own adventure” story
Great for: Grades 5 and up
Whether it’s a fairy tale, detective story or drama, chances are you’ve had a student tell you they don’t know how their story is supposed to end.
A “Choose-your-own-adventure” story lets students brainstorm different storylines and endings. Once they’re done, encourage them to share their stories with the class so their peers can go on the adventure too.
8. Write a fake advertisement
Great for: Grades 6 and up
Good writing doesn’t just happen in books — it’s all around us!
Whether students are writing advertisements on their own or as part of a project-based learning assignment , this activity helps them build key media literacy skills and practice their snappy storytelling.
Have students make up a new product and advertisement, or encourage them to re-imagine an ad for something they love. It’s also a great way to bring media literacy and interdisciplinary learning to your classroom.
9. Make a story map
Great for: Grades 2 to 8
Not every student is going to be comfortable putting pen to paper right away. Story maps can help students brainstorm details like plot, characters and setting in a way that makes sense for visual learners.
Have students use charts to set out the beginning, middle and end of their stories. Mind maps can also help them plot out details about their characters or setting.
Encourage students to present their story map as a finished product or use it to start writing!
Writing isn’t all fairy tales and short stories — it’s also an important part of learning in middle school, high school and college. Use these academic writing activities to help students understand proper essay structure, grammar and more.
10. Story chains
Great for: Grades 4 to 8
Stories are better when they’re enjoyed with friends and classmates. And story chains encourage every student to get involved!
Put students in small groups of three to six. Give each student a blank piece of paper and have them write the beginning of a story. Then, pass it to the next student in the group so they can write what happens next.
For extra educational value, have students work together to summarize a story from your lesson or an important historical event.
11. Persuasive essays
Sometimes writing is about more than just telling a story. It’s about convincing your readers of your point of view.
Have older students practice their debate skills with persuasive essays. Start with a prompt, then let students make their case. Some of our favorite prompts for this writing assignment include:
- Is it more important to be right or to not hurt someone else’s feelings?
- What important historical figure do you think belongs on the ten-dollar bill and why?
- Do you think you’re born with your personality traits, or do you gain them as you grow up?
Most importantly, make sure students back up their opinions with solid facts and arguments that convince readers to care.
12. Solve a real-world problem
Great for: Grade 6 and up
Climate change, litter, bullying, bad cafeteria food — no matter what students pick, there are lots of real-world problems for them to solve.
Challenge students with a writing assignment that addresses a problem they see in their world. How would they fix it? Whether it’s a short paragraph or a longer essay, encourage them to find something they’re passionate about. After all, that’s where good writing comes from!
13. Vocabulary challenge
Great for: Elementary school students
Vocabulary challenges combine vocabulary strategies with student writing to make your next language arts lesson plan even more engaging.
Give students a new word (or two or three). Once you’re done practicing it and they know what it means, challenge them to use it in a story as creatively as possible.
14. Teach citations
Great for: Grades 1 to 12
Footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies are the least exciting part of writing, but they’re essential skills. As students write more complex research papers, they need to know how to give credit where credit is due. Thankfully, there are lots of online resources to help!
The Purdue Online Writing Lab offers teachers and students resources for all stages of the writing process, including citations. To practice, students can write an annotated bibliography as part of a project-based learning assignment or the first step in writing a longer research paper.
Writing isn’t just something happening in the classroom. These at-home writing ideas can help you support your child as they experiment with prose and poetry.
15. Write letters to a pen pal
Great for: Grades 3 and up
Everyone likes getting mail! Got a friend with kids in a different part of the country, or far-away family members? A pen pal can be a great way for kids to build friendships and practice their writing skills at the same time.
16. Bring a home object to life
“It’s as big as a mountain!”
“That’s the fluffiest thing I’ve ever felt!”
The ways kids describe things can crack us up sometimes. Full of wonder and hyperbole, it’s the perfect spark for creative writing, too.
Encourage kids to practice their figurative language skills with a description of something in your home. Let them pack as much alliteration and exaggeration into the description as they can, then do a dramatic reading out loud.
17. Write reading reactions
If you want to boost reading comprehension and writing skills at the same time, this is the perfect activity. After your child is done reading, encourage them to write a few sentences about what they just read.
Did they like it? What do they think happens next? Which character was their favorite and why? Learning how to express opinions in writing is a valuable skill.
18. Document family stories
Great for: Grades 4 and up
Every family has a unique story, including yours. Make memories with your child when you share stories about important family events or your childhood.
Kids can even interview grandparents, aunts and uncles to record their memories. When you’re done, store them in a shared space so everyone can go back and reminisce.
Writing is a muscle, and you have to flex it every day to get stronger. Use these daily writing activities to make writing part of your everyday routine.
Great for: Everyone
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta write it out.
Whether you’re trying to make sense of life or just need a place to organize your thoughts, journaling is a great way to unwind, practice mindfulness and build social emotional skills .
All kids need to get started is a notebook and a pen. Let them know you’re not going to read it, but they’re welcome to come to you if there’s something they want to talk about.
20. Blog about your interests
Great for: High school and up
Everyone’s passionate about something. Whatever your students love, encourage them to share it with the world! Blogging is an accessible and fun way to express themselves, nerd out about the things that bring them joy and share their opinions with the world.
Sites like WordPress and Wix offer free website builders to help students get started. This is a great way for kids to build computer skills and digital literacy .
21. Free writing
Write, write, write and don’t stop. That’s the premise behind free writing, a writing practice that can help unlock creativity, discover new ideas and take the pressure out of a blank page.
Give students a five-minute timer and challenge them to write continuously, without worrying about formatting, spelling or grammar. They can write about whatever they want, but there’s only one rule: don’t stop.
22. Answer daily writing prompts
Make time to exercise your brain with daily writing prompts! At the start of the day or as a quick brain break , set aside time for students to respond to a quick daily writing prompt.
Students should have a dedicated journal or binder to make it a seamless part of your lessons. Whether or not you choose to read their writing is up to you, but it’s important to build good daily habits.
A blank page can be a scary sight for a student who doesn’t know what to write about.
Use writing prompts to:
- Kickstart a student’s imagination
- Start your lesson with a fun writing activity
- Give students a topic to debate in writing
Some of our favorite simple writing prompts include:
- Write a story about a wooden door, a can of soda and a blue shoe.
- If you met a monster looking for new friends, what would you do?
- What’s your favorite season? What makes it the best?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
- Describe your dream birthday cake.
- Write a story about being cold without using the word “cold.”
- If you could decorate your bedroom any way you wanted, what would it look like?
- Is it better to have lots of friends or just a few really good friends?
- Write a story in 10 words or less.
- Write a story about the best surprise you’ve ever received.
For more writing prompts you can use in and out of the classroom, check out our full list of 225 writing prompts for kids .
Writing activities can bring reluctant writers out of their shells
Writing is hard and can be intimidating for a lot of students.
But even the quietest and most reluctant students have lots of stories to tell! You just have to encourage them to get their words out.
Writing activities help remove some of the pressure and give students:
- A fun way to approach writing
- A starting point for their stories
- Chances to share their writing with students
No two stories are the same, just like your students. Every story can start in a different way, and that’s the beauty of writing prompts.
Whether it’s writing activities or math problems, there are lots of ways to get reluctant learners excited about your lessons with educational activities.
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20 Creative Writing Activities for Elementary Students
March 29, 2022 // by Milka Kariuki
Writing activities have an emotional toll on young learners, given the sheer volume of letters to learn by heart, words to spell, and sounds to remember. Your students will be more excited doing tasks they consider easier, such as character description. Perhaps it’s time you considered introducing fun activities to help the learners in their writing. Here are 20 of our go-to fun activities for creative writing skills among elementary kids.
1. Writing a Comic Strip
Create a comic book idea, leaving the speech bubbles around the characters empty for the students to fill. Alternatively, you can source the comic from your favorite magazine or author and rub out the dialogue between the characters for the learners to complete.
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2. Mad Libs
Have the students copy a few paragraphs from a famous book. Ask them to erase words they wish to remove and replace them with a blank line. Under the space, the students should give a hint to indicate the required type of phrase or word.
3. Vocabulary Challenge
Select a new word for the learners and explain its meaning to them. Ask them to create a sentence using the new term. Tell them to practice writing an entire story based on this word.
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4. Using an I-Spy Jar
Ask a reluctant writer to practice writing their names by fetching and arranging all the letters that make it. For an older writer, ask them to pick an object from the jar, redraw it and give a brief description of what it is or the scene.
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5. Identifying Objects
This reading and writing game is suitable for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-aged students. Ask them to color the object highlighted in the descriptive sentence. It enhances their fine motor skills, memories, and emotion.
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6. Picture Dictionary
The goal of picture dictionaries will help early learners who are struggling with creative writing exercises and reading skills. Ask children to match the words provided at the top to the activities being performed in the pictures. This reading and writing activity can be developed for individuals, families, or the classroom.
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7. Journal writing
Journal writing works for learners who excel in creative stories or drawing. Have your students engaged in daily writing tasks. For instance, what food did they eat for lunch or a boring character in a favorite piece of writing?
8. Roll a Story
Roll a story will have the learners enjoy rolling dice to discover the character or scene they will be exploring in their writing. Examples of a scene they can get include casino, school, or ancient pyramid.
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On a drawing paper, make a word entry and ask the pupils to highlight it with a paintbrush or crayon. These creative writing exercises' goal is to enhance the learner’s artistic, emotional, and fine motor skills .
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10. Pass-it-on Story Writing
This writing game engages the language input of creative writing classes. Write the first scene of a story on a piece of paper. Have the learners come up with a sentence that continues the story. The paper is then passed on to the next child until every student has written something.
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11. Sentence Scramble Writing
This writing activity's goal is to help children to improve their writing and sentence-building abilities. Ask the child to cut out the words at the bottom of the paper and rearrange them correctly to form a sentence.
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12. Picture Writing Prompts
Creative writing prompts activities test not only imagination but also a learner’s ability to make conversation on behalf of characters. Provide an entry with a picture accompanied by 3-4 writing prompts to guide them in exploring the scene. A sample question for the scene above will be, “Do the lambs feel safe with the lion?”
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13. Cut Out My Name
Help your kindergarten students in writing their names with this fun writing activity. Print out the learner’s name. Next, print the letters of the pupil’s name and mix them with a few random characters. Cut them apart and ask them to sort out the letters in their name.
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Writing cards helps students to engage in purposeful moments. Provide the learners with blank holiday or birthday cards. Ask them to draw or write something to the card’s receiver. Alternatively, students can design their cards and write down the desired message.
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15. Grocery List
Sit down with the child and help them write a list of healthy food items or other household objects you require. In the grocery store, have them cross out the items as they are added to the shopping cart.
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16. Label a Diagram
Engage your child’s reading and writing abilities by printing out a diagram of simple objects such as flowers, insects, or external human body parts. Provide a list of the answers to the parts and ask them to write the word that matches each in the blank space.
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17. Disappearing Words
On a chalkboard, write down a word. Ask the learners to erase the word with a wet sponge. This way, the learners will learn how to design the letters of the alphabet. Although this writing activity is the opposite of copywriting, they both serve the same purpose.
18. Write a Story Based on the Ending
Test your student’s creativity by providing them with writing prompts that focus on an entire book, a song, or a famous story. For instance, ask students to write a story based on the ending, “And they lived happily ever after."
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19. Found Poetry
Collect words or a group of words from a favorite story or song. You can either write them on a piece of paper or cut them out of a printed page. The overall goal is to rearrange the words differently to make an interesting poem with a unique writing style or genre.
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20. Sticky Notes Story
Learners may have much to say in conversation prompts but get stuck when doing the actual writing. Sticky notes will help them in aspects of writing. A student can write anything ranging from a favorite author, a favorite food, or fantasy elements.
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Why Writing Games Are Important for Learning?
Video: 5 fun writing games & activities for kids to develop their interest in writing, fun writing games and activities for children to encourage them write more.
Parenting is undoubtedly a challenging journey, far from a leisurely walk in the park. The difficulties are amplified for those parents grappling with their children’s academic tasks, particularly the often-dreaded realm of writing and related activities. It’s a universal truth that most kids harbor a strong dislike for these tasks. However, there are innovative and fun writing activities for kids that can be employed to gently encourage your child to embrace writing more eagerly while still having fun, ensuring that it doesn’t become a tiresome chore. These approaches can significantly enhance your child’s writing skills and ignite their passion for self-expression, fostering a lifelong love for the written word.
Writing games play a crucial role in enhancing the learning process, particularly for young learners. These engaging activities not only make the learning experience enjoyable but also offer a range of educational benefits. Let’s delve into why writing games are important for learning:
1. Boosts Creativity and Imagination
Writing games encourage children to think creatively and use their imaginations to construct stories, essays, or even poems. This imaginative process helps them develop their unique voice and style as writers.
2. Improves Language and Vocabulary
By actively participating in writing games, students often come across new words and phrases. This exposure enriches their vocabulary and strengthens their command of language, leading to better communication skills .
3. Enhances Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Many writing games involve solving puzzles, creating logical narratives, or even designing characters and worlds. These activities nurture critical thinking and problem-solving abilities , enabling students to approach challenges with a structured mindset.
4. Fosters a Love for Writing
Perhaps the most significant benefit of writing games is that they make writing enjoyable. When children have fun while writing, they are more likely to develop a lifelong love for the written word, which can be a valuable skill throughout their lives.
You will find below a list of games and activities that will encourage your child to willingly write more and enjoy it:
1. Telephone Pictionary
This is an interesting game that will spark the creativity in your child while encouraging them to write . The game is more fun with a larger number of players.
Materials You’ll Need
- Plain sheets of paper
- Pencils for each player
How to Play
- Each player writes a sentence on the sheet and passes the sheet anti-clockwise.
- The players now draw what the previous player has described in a sentence and fold the top of the sheet down so that only their drawing is seen.
- The sheet is passed to the left again.
- The players now write a sentence describing the drawing and fold the sheet such that only their sentence is seen.
- The sheet gets passed around in the same manner until there is no room for writing or drawing on the sheet.
- Open the sheets and compare original sentences with final drawings and have fun laughing at the transformation.
2. Pass Around Story-Writing
This game involves telling a story, which is a story writing game for kids , but it comes with a twist that will make writing a fun exploit.
- Write on a board the first sentence of a story.
- The children then have to come up with their continuation of this sentence to build on the story.
- After two minutes, they pass their paper to the next child, who continues the story for the next two minutes.
- The paper is passed on again in the same manner a few times until each story is completed.
- Enjoy reading the unique and interesting stories that come about from this game.
3. Fill in the Story
This game involves giving your child a story with blanks in between.
- Sheet with a story printed, with blanks in between
- Hand your child the sheet with the incomplete story and ask them to fill the blanks.
- Make them fill out the blanks using their imagination.
- Read the completed story together.
4. Birthday Messages
This is a great way to have your child willingly write something fun.
How to Do It
- When there is a birthday in the family, have your child write out the birthday message.
- It will encourage them to voice their affection for family members and get some writing done in the bargain.
5. Cut Out My Name
This activity helps children to take an interest in cursive writing and can double up as handwriting games .
- Take a blank sheet and fold it in half.
- Let them write their names in cursive hand. Make it flowing and large. The writing should be along the crease of the fold.
- Make the children trace over the writing many times over.
- Let them fold the paper along the same crease again.
- Have the children run over the folded piece many times until the writing creates a mirror image on the other half of the sheet.
- Get the kids to cut out the names, leaving a slight amount of white space around the writing. The resultant image should look like a large bug.
- Students can paint and glue these name “bugs” onto their cupboards.
6. Vocabulary Challenge
This is a game suitable for children who are over 6 years of age and can comfortably write.
- Give your child a new word and explain the meaning.
- Now ask them to write a sentence using the newly learned word in it.
- If you have time on hand, get your child to write an entire story around this new word.
- Ask them to include drawings or sketches of characters if you want them to truly not feel the pressure of writing.
7. Comic Strip Dialogue Activity
This is a fabulous activity for slightly older children who can read and write easily. It is a wonderful creative writing activity for kids who might enjoy spinning a tale or two.
- Printed comic strip with blank speech bubbles.
- Give the child the comic strip and have them fill out the blank dialogue bubbles.
- Give them a challenge by asking them to make it exciting.
- If your child is old enough, you can have them use felt pens and crayons to make the cartoon strip more colourful and lively.
8. Guess-Who-It Is Cards
This is a popular activity that can be done with slightly older children who are between 5-8 years. It involves guessing the personality on a set of placards.
- Placards with Cartoon characters or movie characters known to the child.
- The children are shown a placard and asked to write a detailed description of the character and its features as seen in the picture.
9. Story Cubes Adventure
Spark your child’s creativity with Story Cubes Adventure, a game that involves rolling dice with images to inspire imaginative storytelling.
- Story cubes (available for purchase or make your own by drawing pictures on dice)
- Roll the story cubes to reveal a set of images.
- Each child takes turns creating a sentence or short story based on the images that appear on the cubes.
- This game fosters creativity and storytelling skills as kids connect random images into coherent narratives.
10. Letter Scavenger Hunt
Turn learning into an exciting adventure with the Letter Scavenger Hunt game, where kids search for words beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
- A list of alphabet letters (A to Z)
- A notebook or blank sheets of paper
- Pen or pencil
- Give your child the list of letters and send them on a scavenger hunt to find words that begin with each letter.
- For each letter, they write down a word they discover during the hunt.
- This game helps improve vocabulary and letter recognition.
11. Poetry in a Bag
Encourage budding poets with Poetry in a Bag, a game that prompts children to craft poems or descriptions inspired by objects drawn from a bag.
- A bag or container
- Small objects or pictures (e.g., a seashell, a toy car, a leaf, a photo, etc.)
- Place the objects or pictures in the bag.
- Each child takes turns drawing an item from the bag and creating a short poem or descriptive paragraph about the chosen object.
- This game nurtures descriptive writing and poetic skills.
12. Story Building Cards
Unleash your child’s storytelling prowess with Story Building Cards, a creative game that mixes and matches different story elements for captivating narratives.
- Index cards or cardstock
- Markers or colored pencils
- Create a set of story-building cards, each with a different element (character, setting, conflict, etc.) written on it.
- Shuffle the cards and have your child draw a card from each category to construct a unique story.
- This game encourages children to explore different elements of storytelling.
13. Song Lyrics Challenge
Foster lyric-writing skills with the Song Lyrics Challenge, where kids rewrite the lyrics of their favorite songs to create their versions.
- A favorite song or set of song lyrics
- Choose a song that your child enjoys and find the lyrics.
- Ask your child to rewrite the lyrics in their own words, creating a new version of the song.
- This activity promotes lyric and poetry writing skills.
14. Magazine Collage Stories
Combine art and writing with Magazine Collage Stories, a game that lets children craft visual stories or poems using cutouts from magazines.
- Old magazines
- Poster board or a large sheet of paper
- Have your child cut out interesting images and words from the magazines.
- Encourage them to arrange these cutouts on the poster board to create a visual story or poem.
- This game combines writing with visual storytelling and is a great way to explore creativity.
1. What Age Range Is Appropriate for Writing Games?
The age range for writing games can vary, but they are generally appropriate for children aged 5 and above. The complexity and type of writing games should be adjusted based on the child’s age and skill level.
2. Can Writing Games Help Children to Develop Storytelling Abilities?
Yes, writing games can significantly help children develop storytelling abilities. These games encourage creativity , vocabulary expansion, and the structuring of narratives, making them valuable tools for enhancing a child’s storytelling skills.
Whether you’re looking for writing games for 4-year-olds or writing activities for 8-year-olds, there’s sure to be something interesting in the list above. As hard as it may be to make children commit to writing, as parents you can make a mundane task come alive by masking it through these fun writing games for kids. Parents who devote quality time to improving their children’s skills will certainly see a marked difference in their child’s learning capabilities because not everything can be taught in schools. Your child will benefit from the attention and individualistic treatment you give to each of these games, tailoring it to your kid’s requirements.
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8 Fantastically Fun Writing Games For Kids
Writing is a life skill your child will need during their time at school and beyond. Teaching children to write can be challenging, but there are many ways to make it simple, stress-free, and enjoyable for both you and your child!
Introducing fun writing activities and games can transform your child's attitude to writing , so we’re bringing you our very own list of the best writing games for kids that you can try anytime, anywhere!
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Unscramble the Sentences
This writing game offers a great opportunity for your child to test their sentence structure skills, whether they’re learning to write complete sentences, or creating more complex sentences.
How to play:
- On a sheet of paper, write down a sentence.
- Cut each word out from the paper and scramble the new pieces with your hands.
- Ask your child to put the words into the correct order to make the complete sentence.
Unscramble the Sentences is pretty easy to set up, and you can either play on paper, or online! On Nightzookeeper.com , we’ve transformed Unscramble the Sentences into a fun, interactive experience called Waterfall Word Jumble:
Matching Word Game
Matching words is a popular game to play in the classroom, or at home, by yourself or with fellow classmates or family. There are endless possibilities when it comes to this game through different types of matching; you can ask your child to match synonyms, antonyms, pronouns, and the list goes on!
- First, decide on the theme of the game. In this example, we’ll be matching antonyms, or opposite words.
- Start by cutting a sheet of paper into eight different pieces. In four of the pieces, write down your original words, and in the remaining four pieces, their opposites.
- Once all your words are ready, ask your child to match each word to their opposite meaning!
Use the example above to create your first matching word game, or get your child to play Maji’s Matches on Nightzookeeper.com !
Drawing & Writing Game
Drawing and writing go hand-in-hand , as their synergy promotes the development of creativity, imagination, motor skills, and even critical thinking!
There are many drawing games out there, but perhaps the most popular one is Pictionary. Even if you don’t have the board game version, you can set up your own version of Pictionary, and base it on topics of interest for your child, or to consolidate knowledge learned at school or during homeschool lessons.
This is a multiplayer game, so it’s best to play as a group, either with classmates or family.
- Start by gathering sheets of paper and coloring pencils or pens. The game starts when the first player writes a description of whatever they want the second player to draw.
- Once the second player completes their drawing, they must hide the original description and get the third player to write a description of what they see.
- Once the third player has written this description, they must hide the original drawing before asking the fourth player to draw what is written on the paper and so forth.
- When the game ends, you should have a sheet of paper full of funny descriptions and drawings!
To play this story writing game, you’ll need to make five storytelling cards for each component of a story:
Once you’re done creating your cards, mix them up and ask your child to pick a card from each category. After they’ve pulled a card from each stack, get them to use their creative writing skills to write an original story using the cards they chose. This is a fun creative writing game to take on a roadtrip or when you’re traveling, as storytelling cards allow for hundreds of possible combinations, keeping your child entertained for potentially hours!
Fill in the Gaps
If you feel that your child is not yet ready to write a full story on their own, this creative writing activity may be exactly what they need to encourage them to start thinking creatively.
- Write a short story on a sheet of paper and leave some intentional gaps.
- Then, ask your child to fill these gaps with nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and even punctuation.
- Once they’ve filled all the gaps, they’ll have a completed story to read and share with their family and friends!
You can take excerpts from your child’s favorite storybooks, or try Penguin’s Paragraphs on Nightzookeeper.com !
This fun writing game is a classic, and remains a favorite to this day! Its versatility allows the game to be played in the classroom, at home, with pre-k students, high school students, and even during family game nights!
Hangman is a great writing game to improve your child’s vocabulary knowledge. It’s also an effective way to consolidate more technical words introduced in other subjects (such as math or science).
- Pick a topic & a game host
- The game host will choose a word and, on a sheet of paper, draw a line for each letter of the word the other players are guessing.
- Players will take turns to guess letters. If they get it right, the host must write the letter in the correct line. If not, they’ll draw a line for each wrong letter guessed until the hangman is complete.
- You can let the players guess the whole word once they think they have the right answer, and award extra points if they’re correct.
This is another story writing game that is perfect for on-the-go learning and can be enjoyed by even the most reluctant writers! For this educational game, your child will have to answer rapid fire questions with the aim to create a story from scratch. They’ll have five seconds to come up with an answer for each of the questions, and you should challenge them to be as creative and descriptive as they can!
- Get ready by setting up a 5-second timer.
- Here are the five questions needed to play Quick-fire Tales:
- Get your child to answer each of the five questions before the time runs out, and make a note of your child’s answers.
- Once they’ve answered all the questions, read their answers back to them and challenge their storytelling abilities by encouraging them to tell you more about this story!
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Mark Twain said, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” Although children may not find it that easy and entertaining, you can inculcate the habit through interesting writing games for kids . It is a fun and distinct way of piquing their interest in this skill by letting them enjoy it as they learn. In this post, we have a list of the best games and activities to help you engage your children in writing while having fun.
Fun Writing Games For Kids
Writing games need not be all plain, boring or intense. You can try some creative ways to make writing pleasant and enjoyable. Try these fun games for children to begin their lessons in writing.
1. Secret Pictionary
A game of Pictionary is fun to play when there are more than three players. You can play this game even without the Pictionary cards as all you need is a pencil and a blank paper.
- The first player writes a random phrase and passes it on to the next player.
- The second player has to draw an image based on his/her perception of the phrase written by the first player. Fold the first phrase, and pass it to the next player.
- Now the third player has to understand the drawing by the second player and write a line or a phrase based on the drawing. Fold the paper to cover the first phrase and the first drawing, and pass it on.
- This shall go on with the phrase and drawing alternately until it reaches the last player.
- Unfolding all the pages at the end of the game will reveal a very funny short story.
2. Telephone oracle
Asking your questions to the Oracle is like sitting with a funny magic ball. Come up with wacky questions and gear up for equally wild answers.
- Every player has to write one question each which they want the Oracle to answer, at the top of the page.
- Now every player has to pass their papers to the person on their left.
- Each player has to answer the question according to their perception.
- Now the players have to conceal the question written on the top portion by folding it and then pass on the papers again to their left.
- This step is tricky but interesting. Every player has to write a possible question after reading the previous answer they see in their paper.
- Fold the paper such that only the latest question is visible and pass it to the left side player.
- The same rounds continue till the bottom of the page and end with an answer.
- At the end of the game, all the players unfold their papers to read their original question, the answers they have received, and everything in between. Kah-ray-zee! You will be surprised to see the crazy answers to your original question.
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3. finish the story.
Your search for creative writing games for kids ends here. This is a delightful and engaging storytelling game you can indulge in during playtime.
- The first player writes two lines on a paper and folds the first line so that only the second line is visible to the next player.
- The second player has to guess the first line, read the second line, add another line to the story and fold the paper such that the first two lines are covered and only the last line is visible.
- All the players continue adding their lines to the story.
- The end result will be a very funny tale with no meaning at all.
This incredibly enjoyable writing game will keep your child writing on new pages for multiple rounds. You will need a pen, paper, and a minimum of 6 players to play the game.
- The first player has to write the name of a male, on the paper. After writing, conceal the name by folding the paper.
- The second player has to write the name of a female and then fold it again, to conceal it.
- The next player has to write about where they met and fold the paper.
- The fourth player has to write about what he said and fold to conceal it.
- The fifth player writes what she said, and conceals it.
- The last player has to write about what happens in the end.
- Then, unfold the paper to read a very funny story .
- Note that children can write any name, be it their favorite hero or friends in the school, parents or just anybody.
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These activities can enhance writing skills and benefit the family’s daily life. Children can tap into their creativity beyond just playing board games and quizzes.
5. Grocery list writing
This is one of the fun writing activities for kids that requires minimal effort and helps them learn the names of many grocery items, such as types of bread, toiletries, and even spices.
- Grab a pen and paper, and head to the kitchen pantry.
- With the assistance of parents, kids have to note down each item and the quantity required.
- You can color code each item to make it easier for them to access.
- Make an elaborate grocery list and head out for shopping.
6. Writing letters
Writing letters is old school but is still relevant. So, why not introduce your kids to the old-world charm with this letter writing activity?
- Decide which form you wish to write — a formal letter or an informal one.
- Accordingly, choose whom to address the letter.
- Keep the letter content crisp if it’s a formal letter and give it an emotional feel if you are writing an informal one.
7. Advertisement writing
This writing activity can keep their creative juices flowing.
- Pick an item to write about. For example, children may choose to write an advertisement for their favorite candy.
- Let them write an entertaining advertisement to sell the product.
- Kids can get innovative and may design brochures, leaflets or even a hoarding style ad.
8. Dialogue writing
Dialogue is a conversation or interaction between two or more people. This activity can also improve their style of conversation. You can begin with simple dialogues.
- Write an introductory line to begin the activity.
- The next player has to reply to the previous line.
- Keep adding dialogues after each line. In the end, you will have your very own record of the conversation.
9. Written debate
This activity is similar to dialogue writing, but will have an argumentative tone. This writing activity will help in enhancing their conversational and presentation skills.
- Pick a subject and write down your first argument on the paper.
- Let your child reply to the argument, putting forth his/her point.
- It goes on like a debate but in a written format.
10. Writing instructions
Learn direct speech through this activity.
- Choose a subject to write instructions about. For example, an experiment on lighting a bulb.
- Kids must write about the tools required and elaborate instructions about how to light a bulb, in detailed steps.
- The style of writing must be communicative and simple to follow.
11. Writing a poem
Poetry knows no boundaries or age limits. Writing poems is a creative pursuit well-suited for children who love writing.
- Select a theme to write about.
- Kids can use rhyming words or just express their emotions in whichever poetic style they like.
12. Writing a message on the envelope
Be it a birthday greeting or a thank you note, this activity will help the child write short messages on cards and envelopes.
- Pick a card or envelope depending on the occasion.
- Write a short crisp paragraph to convey the message.
- Add a salutation, “To” address and a “From” address.
- If your child enjoys crafts, they can also make unique cards with meaningful messages.
13. Newspaper summary writing
This activity is ideal for older kids. It helps in understanding their level of reasoning and perception.
- Assign a newspaper headline for them to read and follow.
- Kids have to go through the entire news article, read and understand it in detail.
- Now the challenge is to write a summary about the same news article in their style.
14. Five lines about their hero
Children will enjoy playing this game for sure as it involves their favorite superhero.
- Find out who your child’s favorite superhero/ idol is.
- Ask them to write any five things about him/her, which they admire.
15. Drawing words
This activity does not involve writing directly but inspires to write and makes learning enjoyable for kids. Make their imagination run wild with this game.
- Choose a word to draw. It can be any word like sun, moon, precious, beautiful, mountain or anything.
- Let the child draw the word in their style. Do not insist on drawing it perfectly. They can create a doodle too if they want.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does writing help in the growth of a child?
Writing helps in a child’s growth by promoting language development, improving spelling knowledge, increasing communication skills, enhancing creativity, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and fostering emotional intelligence. It also helps children develop fine motor skills and self-discipline. Additionally, writing can serve as an outlet for children to express their thoughts and feelings, leading to increased self-awareness and self-esteem.
2. What are the benefits of writing games for kids at home and school?
Writing games for kids offers numerous benefits, such as improving language skills, encouraging creativity, boosting confidence, enhancing critical thinking, and developing fine motor skills. Writing games can help children develop their language skills, including vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure. These games can also challenge children to think critically and encourage them to be imaginative in their writing, leading to a more positive attitude toward learning.
3. What age range are writing games suitable for?
Writing games vary for children of varying age groups, depending on the game’s complexity. For example, a game of writing a poem can be played by children over six years, while drawing games are ideal for toddlers. As your child grows, expose them to a variety of writing games.
4. Can writing games help children overcome writer’s block?
Writing games enhance critical thinking, improves language skills, and sparks creativity in children, enabling them to overcome writer’s block. Provide different prompts and challenges to your child to promote thinking abilities. Besides, you can invite their friends and organize a collaborative writing activity. Give feedback to everyone so that children can refine their writing.
5. Can writing games help kids develop their storytelling abilities?
Children engaging in writing while playing games boosts their imagination and creativity. They can also express their thoughts and emotions when playing writing games, thereby aiding in developing their storytelling skills. Encourage your child to explore various writing styles and create a unique composition.
6. How can technology be used for writing games for kids?
Technology provides opportunities to choose interactive games and apps containing several engaging learning experiences, capturing children’s attention and promoting creativity and inclusivity. Parents can choose age-appropriate writing activities and receive instant feedback and suggestions that help sharpen their writing skills.
Writing is an integral part of children’s education that helps them express themselves better. It is a life skill that relates to communication and allows children to better understand and remember a particular concept. Writing skills should be developed in children from a young age. However, many children are not enthusiastic about writing because they feel it is a difficult task. In such circumstances, you may introduce writing games for kids. Puzzles and games such as Secret Pictionary or Finish the Story and activities such as Dialogue Writing or Message Writing can help children learn about writing. Anagrams, crosswords, creating secret code puzzles, and the hangman are other good options that will help fine-tune their writing skills. Reading books and journaling are other activities that can help enhance a child’s self expression abilities.
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- “Finish the story” will enhance the child’s creativity as they take turns to add sentences to the story.
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The best writing games to engage students
A colleague of mine recently shared these ten great writing game ideas to improve literacy skills in the classroom. They are simple to play and can be applied to nearly all year levels.
These are some of the best writing games that require minimal or no setup time and are an excellent option for substitute teachers looking to quickly break the ice with students or English teachers just seeking fresh ideas to brighten up their lessons. Enjoy.
Remember that if you are looking for more excellent free resources and structured guides to teaching all aspects of English, especially writing, be sure to visit literacyideas.com .
Start with a short sentence or group of words. Pass it around to about 6 people, with the rule that each person must add (a word or a group of words) or change ONE word ( to another word or a group of words) to make the sentence more specific and more enjoyable.
Students write sentences or longer texts and substitute drawings for nouns.
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It’s in the bag
Place an object in a bag- ensure the students don’t see it. Students feel the object in the bag and use words to describe how it feels. They take it out and add /alter their adjectives.
Touch and tell
An object is passed around a group of students. Each student suggests an adjective to describe it.
Students provide an adjectival phrase or clause to describe the object
Students randomly select from a box a picture of an animal, person or object that moves. They brainstorm action verbs for the chosen object.
The students can supply verbs and adverbs
They can supply adjectives or adjectival groups
Read a text ( this case narrative ), and at a particular point, stop and ask students to select a character and suggest, for example:
- What the character is doing, thinking, and feeling ( focus on processes)
Change the meaning- change one word
Students locate and change one word that will alter the sentence’s meaning.
They share their alterations and discuss which part of speech was the most important in changing the meaning .
Locate and classify
Read a text and ask students to write nouns on cards ( red), adjectives (blue), and articles in orange. Rearrange words to create different noun groups. Students can also locate verbs ( green card) and adverbs (yellow). Rearrange all the words to create new sentences.
Students can locate adjectival phrases, clauses, or adverbial phrases and write these on other coloured cards.
Grammar toss- Sentence making
Players must throw a 1 before they can begin. The winner is the first person to make a sentence that includes all of the following:
- A group of words that tell what or who ( singular)
- A group of words that tell when
- A verb in the past tense
- An adverb telling how
- A group of words telling where
They can then rearrange the sentence parts to see how many ways they can make another meaningful sentence.
Other parts of speech can be used for each number thrown.
Toss and write
Before the activity, a cube is prepared. Upon each face of the cube, a task is written that requires specific grammar knowledge. For example:
Make a sentence
Make a question
Provide two adjectives
Provide two verbs
Create a noun group (e.g. article, adjective/s noun)
Provide a noun and an adverb
Students select a subject ( noun) from a tin. They throw the cube, and whichever side of the cube faces up is the task they must attempt.
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The content for this page has been written by Shane Mac Donnchaidh. A former principal of an international school and English university lecturer with 15 years of teaching and administration experience. Shane’s latest Book, The Complete Guide to Nonfiction Writing , can be found here. Editing and support for this article have been provided by the literacyideas team.
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52 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids to Let Their Imagination Fly
- November 9, 2022
Creative writing has many benefits for kids. They learn to appreciate how stories work, they hear the wonderful way sounds can match with rhymes, and their love of reading grows as they become writers. Some children may be so inspired that they dream of being authors when they grow up! Creative writing helps children develop :
- Imagination and creativity
- Communication and persuasion skills
Also, it’s just plain fun!
What exactly is creative writing? It’s writing where you can just let your imagination fly. Your child can make up a story, a poem, or a song to explore their feelings or to simply tell a good story.
Here are 52 of the best creative and fiction writing prompts for children. These creative writing prompts are one way to help your child dream up something new every time they pick up a pencil. Encourage your child to write the story they would want to read.
52 of the Best Fiction Writing Prompts for Kids
Your children can use these ideas as creative inspiration as they practice writing words and sentences. PreK and early elementary-aged children who haven’t learned to write yet might enjoy drawing pictures to tell their stories, or they could tell a story out loud to their family.
Creative Writing Prompts for PreK Children
1. Young readers can use these Rusty and Rosy printable coloring pages to create their own stories by filling in the blanks.
2. Use this sentence starter activity as a prompt for beginning writers to craft their own sentences.
3. Imagine it snowed overnight. How would you spend the next day having fun in the snow?
4. Write a poem about your family. What are some words to describe your loved ones?
5. You wake up with the ability to talk to animals. What do the birds outside your window have to say?
6. There’s a dolphin in your bathtub. How did it get there and how will you get it back home to the ocean?
7. You’re president for a day. What do you do?
8. You’re a veterinarian for a dragon who has a sore throat. How will you help them?
Creative Writing Prompts For Elementary-Aged Children
9. Suddenly you’re nocturnal and stay awake all night long. What happens late at night that’s different from daytime?
10. Write a superhero story where the villain wants to become good. How do they convince the superheroes to trust them?
11. It’s the first day of school for robots. What do you learn at robot school?
12. You get to make a new national holiday. What is it about and how do you celebrate?
13. You get $100 but you have to spend it by the end of the day. What do you do with it?
14. You are an inventor whose job is to create the best toys. What will you make?
15. Suddenly ducks don’t like you. They quack at you and chase you away at the park. How do you get them to like you again?
16. Oh, no! Suddenly ducks love you and won’t leave you alone! How do you get them to let you be?
17. You go back in time and meet your parents when they were your age. What do you tell them?
18. You’ve just won the world championship. What did you win it in? Describe the competition.
19. You’re the world’s greatest detective. Describe your favorite unusual case. Did you solve it or is it still a mystery?
20. Write a story about a superhero who loses their powers but still has to find a way to be a hero.
21. You trade places with your parents for a day. What would you do?
22. Rewrite the ending of your favorite book. Will it be happy or sad?
23. One morning, the world doesn’t have electricity any more. What are your days like now?
24. Space aliens land and it’s your lucky job to show them around. Where will you take them?
25. The chicken finally tells you why it crossed the road. What is the secret?
26. You’re the mayor. What will you do to make your community better?
27. Tonight you cook dinner for your family. What interesting food is on the menu that will surprise them?
28. You wake up stuck in the last movie you watched. What is it, and what do you do?
29. Write about the best magic trick you can imagine.
31. Write a letter to your favorite author telling them what you like about their books! Use this free printable template .
32. There’s a light switch in your home but nobody knows what it’s for. One day, you discover the secret. What does it light up?
33. You have a pet dinosaur. What’s your dinosaur’s name? What’s your day together like?
34. You can fly like a bird. What kind of fun would you have soaring in the clouds?
35. Describe yourself with rhyming words!
36. Your family takes a big road trip that goes wrong in the funniest way possible. What happens?
37. You discover an island no one has ever seen before. Describe what it’s like.
38. Rewrite the ending of your favorite movie the way you want it to be.
39. You show up to the first day of school and discover that your new teacher is a wizard or a witch. What will they teach in class?
40. You find a mysterious treasure map. How would you start your treasure hunt?
41. You’re a paleontologist and find a new type of dinosaur. What did it look like, and what did it do back in the past?
42. Your favorite superhero needs your help! What can you do to save the day?
43. You’re the world’s youngest astronaut and get to fly to the moon. Describe your space trip.
45. One night, you discover that garden gnomes come to life until the sun rises. What fun do they have all night long?
46. Practice writing letters with this printout . Imagine you’re living on a moon base. Write a letter to your cousin on Earth describing how things are going.
47. You get to go shopping at a magical grocery store with your family. What special treats would you buy?
48. You have a magic wand. What spells will you cast?
49. What does your shadow do when you’re not around?
50. You can have the powers of any animal in the world. What animal is it? What would your powers be?
51. Write a journal entry from the point of view of a time traveler who visits 100 years into the future. What surprises them in that different world?
52. You get to spend the night in a museum. What kind of museum? How will you have fun?
Creative writing is just one kind of writing exercise. You can also find a great list of journal prompts for kids , one for each week of the year, to help kids practice writing while learning to express their ideas and opinions.
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Letter Tracing Games for Kids
Tracing Big Letters With Curvy Lines - C, O & S Game
Practice tracing big letters with curvy lines - C, O & S.
Tracing Big Letters With Sleeping & Slanting Lines - A, V, W, X, Y & Z Game
Practice tracing big letters with sleeping & slanting lines - A, V, W, X, Y & Z.
Tracing Big Letters With Standing & Curvy Lines - B, D, & P Game
Practice tracing big letters with standing & curvy lines - B, D, & P.
Tracing Small Letters With Standing & Curvy Lines - a, d & q Game
Practice tracing small letters with standing and curvy lines - a, d and q.
Writing Sight Words Games for Kids
Learn to Write the Sight Words: play, funny & many Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: play, funny & many.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: his, down, baby, want & three Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: his, down, baby, want & three.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: brown, their, our, now & ride Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: brown, their, our, now & ride.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: like, the & likes Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: like, the & likes.
All Writing Games for Kids
Let's Make the Letter A Game
Let's take a look at how to make the letter A with this game.
Time to Trace Uppercase A Game
Learn language skills by practicing to trace uppercase A.
Time to Trace Lowercase a Game
Get familiar with writing by learning to trace lowercase a.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: you, look, pretty, said & ball Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: you, look, pretty, said & ball.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: yes, four, there, her & came Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: yes, four, there, her & came.
Tracing Small Letters With Standing & Curvy Lines - b & p Game
Enhance your language skills by tracing small letters with standing & curvy lines - b & p.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: were, garden, ate, please & help Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: were, garden, ate, please & help.
Let's Make the Letter B Game
Let's take a look at how to make the letter B with this game.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: too, white, give, did & get Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: too, white, give, did & get.
Time to Trace Uppercase B Game
Learn language skills by practicing to trace uppercase B.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: buy, for, yellow & not Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: buy, for, yellow & not.
Time to Trace Lowercase b Game
Get familiar with writing by learning to trace lowercase b.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: small, black, put, blue & went Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: small, black, put, blue & went.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: day, out, school, new & him Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: day, out, school, new & him.
Tracing Small Letters With Curvy Lines - c, o, & s Game
Practice tracing small letters with curvy lines - c, o, & s.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: and, where & find Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: and, where & find.
Let's Make the Letter C Game
Let's take a look at how to make the letter C with this game.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: time, good, ran, away & them Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: time, good, ran, away & them.
Time to Trace Uppercase C Game
Learn language skills by practicing to trace uppercase C.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: this, they, are & here Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: this, they, are & here.
Time to Trace Lowercase c Game
Get familiar with writing by learning to trace lowercase c.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: and, see & what Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: and, see & what.
Let's Make the Letter D Game
Let's take a look at how to make the letter D with this game.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: jump, eat & she Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: jump, eat & she.
- Time to Trace Uppercase D Game
Learn language skills by practicing to trace uppercase D.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: from, was, under & can Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: from, was, under & can.
Time to Trace Lowercase d Game
Get familiar with writing by learning to trace lowercase d.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: one, that, saw & two Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: one, that, saw & two.
Tracing Big Letters With Standing & Sleeping Lines - E, F, H, I, L & T Game
Practice tracing big letters with standing & sleeping lines - E, F, H, I, L & T.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: make, water & run Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: make, water & run.
Tracing Small Letters With Curvy & Sleeping Lines - e Game
Have fun tracing small letters with curvy & sleeping lines - e.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: have, has, all & come Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: have, has, all & come.
Let's Make the Letter E Game
Let's take a look at how to make the letter E with this game.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: your, some & very Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: your, some & very.
Time to Trace Uppercase E Game
Learn language skills by practicing to trace uppercase E.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: front, take, will, does & with Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: front, take, will, does & with.
Time to Trace Lowercase e Game
Get familiar with writing by learning to trace lowercase e.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: front, could & first Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: front, could & first.
Tracing Small Letters With Standing, Sleeping & Curvy Lines - f, h, m, n & r Game
Practice tracing small letters with standing, sleeping & curvy lines - f, h, m, n & r.
Learn to Write the Sight Words: over, goes, but, how & after Game
Children must learn to write the sight words: over, goes, but, how & after.
What Is Writing for Kids?
Learning to write involves acquiring the ability to form letters, words, and sentences using various techniques like tracing and practicing sight words. It's a developmental process where kids enhance their fine motor skills and build a foundation for effective communication through written expression.
Writing for kids is the process of learning how to put thoughts and ideas into words on paper. It's an essential skill that helps children express themselves and communicate effectively. Learning to write can be challenging for young learners, as it involves coordination and practice. However, incorporating games and interactive activities can make the learning journey more enjoyable and easier.
Kids gradually develop their writing skills, starting with basic letters and progressing to forming sentences and paragraphs, fostering creativity and communication along the way.
Foundational Writing Skills for Kids
Let's look at a few important writing skills that kids need to learn for effective communication through writing.
Letter tracing for kids involves following the shapes of letters with a pencil or finger. It helps children learn the correct formation of letters and improves fine motor skills. Tracing also enhances letter recognition and reinforces the connection between visual and motor skills, setting a strong foundation for writing.
Do you want to make letter tracing fun for kids? Try our interactive Letter Tracing Games covering all A-Z letters for engaging and effective writing exercises!
Writing Sight Words
Sight words are words that children instantly recognize by sight or learn as a whole by sight without needing to sound them out. Identifying words by sight accelerates their reading speed and fluency. Writing sight words for kids involves practicing and memorizing common words that appear frequently in texts.
A few examples of sight words are he, she, they, his, you, yes, day, and, see, etc.
Writing sight words aids in building a strong reading foundation as sight words often can't be sounded out. Writing them repeatedly enhances recognition, spelling, and fluency, facilitating smoother reading.
Elevate the learning experience with our interactive Writing Sight Words Games , making learning enjoyable and fun.
How to Support and Promote a Love for Writing in Kids
- Reading Together : Immerse children in stories to ignite their imagination and storytelling abilities. Reading enhances their capacity to envision characters, settings, and plots, which translates into their own writing.
- Collaborative Writing : Begin with joint story creation, inspiring kids with diverse ideas and techniques. This collaborative approach paves the way for more independent writing endeavors.
- Start Small : Commence with concise sentences or brief paragraphs before progressing to more extensive compositions.
- Incorporating fun prompts like pictures: Incorporating visual elements through picture stories can facilitate comprehension and creativity.
- Supportive Guidance :
- Acknowledge Effort : Celebrate even the smallest writing accomplishments, recognizing the effort invested by young writers.
- Constructive Feedback : Offer valuable feedback to help them improve, sharing your writing insights and encouraging their progress.
- Motivation : Instill confidence and motivation, emphasizing that skill development takes time and practice.
Explore SplashLearn's curated collection of engaging online educational games and activities. These resources combine entertainment with learning, fostering your child's growth as a creative thinker and proficient writer.
Importance of Teaching Writing to Kids through Games
Utilizing online ELA games to improve writing skills is the best way to help kids fall in love with reading and writing. Here are a few notable benefits:
- Tracing Letters with Fun : Online writing games incorporate tracing letters in a playful manner, helping kids practice forming letters accurately and enhancing muscle memory.
- Sight Words Integration : Writing games online for kids integrate sight words into challenges, aiding kids in recognizing and recalling frequently used words effortlessly.
- Colorful Visuals : Vibrant visuals and interactive characters in games capture kids' attention, making the learning process more engaging and memorable.
- Interactive Characters : Interactive writing games with fun characters create a relatable learning environment, encouraging kids to write and communicate in a friendly, interactive setting.
What Are the 5 Best Fun Writing Games and Activities for Kids?
Here are a few fun writing games for elementary students by SplashLearn:
- Learn to Write the Sight Words Game
- Let’s Make the Letter E Game
- Tracing the Small Letters with Standing and Curvy Lines - b and p Game
- Tracing the Small Letters with Sleeping and Curvy Lines - e Game
How do you help kids practice writing?
- Printable Worksheets : Provide printable Writing worksheets and other writing learning resources for tracing letters, forming words, and practicing writing skills.
- Online Games : Provide interactive and engaging Writing games to play online that focus on letter formation, sight words, and creative writing exercises.
- Activities : Suggest writing activities for kids like journaling, creating stories, writing letters to family members, or using sensory writing trays to encourage regular writing practice.
How do you teach writing effectively to kids?
- Understand each child's writing level and needs, offering tailored activities and challenges to cater to their progress.
- Ask kids to write about their favorite superhero, a dream adventure, or their happiest memory. Such attractive prompts spark creativity and interest in learning.
- Integrate apps and online tools for engaging learning. Explore educational writing games for kids online for additional hands-on practice.
- Practicing daily is the key. Help kids set aside a specific time each day for practicing writing. Use writing practice games to check their understanding.
What are some specific skills and concepts that children can develop through writing games?
- Tracing Practice: Writing games involving tracing activities enhance fine motor skills and help in letter formation, ensuring neat handwriting. It helps kids practice forming letters accurately.
- Sight Words Mastery : Writing games reinforce recognition and usage of sight words, improving reading and writing fluency.
- Vocabulary Building : Games encourage the use of diverse words and expand vocabulary.
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Best Writing Games For Kids To Practice At Home And School
Writing is an important skill that we use in our daily lives. Children need to practice writing every day to improve their skills. One of the best ways to entice children to practice writing is to involve them in some fun writing games for kids.
List of Writing Games For Kids
We’ve compiled a list of simple writing games for kids that are sure to get even the most reluctant of them to write.
Pictionary writing games for kids
Things you need for Pictionary writing games for kids: Pencils and sheets of paper Instructions
- This is one of the most fun and creative writing games for kids and is best when you have a bunch of kids. Ask the kids to sit in a circle.
- Hand the first player a sheet of paper and ask them to write a random sentence at the top of the sheet. Pass the sheet to the next player.
- The second player should read the phrase and draw a picture related to the sentence on the paper. Then, they fold the paper to cover the sentence and hand it to the next player.
- The third player should observe the drawing and write a sentence describing the drawing. Ask the child to fold the paper to conceal the drawing and pass it to the next player.
- The next player draws an image based on what they understand from the drawing and passes it to the next player.
- This continues until the last player gets their turn to play or there’s no space on the sheet of paper. Finally, unfold the paper sheet to compare the original sentence with the drawings and sentences and have a laugh!
Rapid-fire writing games for kids
Things you need for rapid-fire writing games for kids : White sheets and pens
- Rapid-fire writing games for kids are more exciting when you play with friends! As the name suggests, the players are supposed to play the game at a quick pace.
- Divide the kids into two teams with an equal number of participants in each team. Nominate one child in each team just to assign the words.
- The nominated child should call out any random word like trees, lakes, mountains, dogs, etc. The other kids from both the teams should write any phrase related to the word within ten to twenty seconds.
- The team with the most meaningful sentences related to the topic is the winner. Continue the game until each child gets a chance to win.
Creative story writing game for kids
Things you need for story writing games for kids : A long sheet, writing pad and pen
- Kids have a very active imagination and are natural-born storytellers. In this game, channel their storytelling abilities towards writing. These kinds of creative writing games for kids improve their creative thinking, visualization, handwriting and vocabulary skills.
- This writing game can be played in school or at home with the family.
- Hand the child a sheet of paper and write the first sentence of a story. The children will have to use their imagination and complete the rest of the story. And it’s ok if it’s just 1 or 2 lines too.
- Some children might struggle initially, but slowly they’ll get the hang of it.
Creative writing using different consequences for kids
Things you need for play consequence-based writing games for kids : White sheets and pens
- First, explain to the child that most stories have two main characters, the ‘protagonist’ and the ‘antagonist.’
- The conversations between the protagonist and the antagonist in the story leads to certain consequences.
- Write the name of the protagonist and antagonist on the board and a particular consequence. For example, Jack and Jill fell down the hill.
- Then ask the children to think creatively and write a sentence on where and how the two characters met.
- Then, encourage them to think of and write about the conversations that take place between the two characters that led to that particular consequence.
- In the end, ask the kids to read out their stories to see their take on the conversation.
Letter-writing activities for kids to improve their writing skills
Things you need for letter-writing activity for kids : A long sheet of paper and a pen
- Letter writing is an important part of learning English, learning how to write letters is one of the best writing games for kids.
- First, teach your kids about the different types of letters and their formats. Then ask them to write letters or messages to their friends and family.
- There are two types of letters: formal and informal letters. Formal letters are used for formal communication like letters addressed to your teacher or employer.
- Informal letters are letters, which are written to friends or loved ones. These letters have a casual tone with a personal touch.
- There are specific formats for both formal and informal letters. Formal letters have from address, to address and date. They begin with a salutation (respected sir/ma’am) and end with thank you or sincerely and regards. The matter in the letter should be short and to the point.
- Informal letters have a date and place, written on the right side. They begin with a salutation (dear) and end with a complimentary closing (with love).
Writing A Journal
Things you need for writing a journal: A new journal, colorful pens, stickers etc.
- Hand your child the new journal, the colorful pens, stickers etc.
- Explain to them the importance of maintaining a journal. Then ask them to write their thoughts or anything they wish in their journal.
- It can be a safe space to talk about their feelings or talk about their dreams. They can even write a story or a poem.
Comic Strip Dialogue
Things you need for comic strip dialogue writing: Printed comic strips with your child’s favorite character with blank speech bubbles and pens
- This is one of the best writing games for kids who love comics and storytelling.
- Hand your child the printed comic strips with blank speech bubbles and some colorful pens.
- Then ask them to use their imagination to fill in the speech bubbles and create a story.
Ask The Oracle
Things you need to play this writing game for kids: Sheets of paper and pens
- This is one of the most entertaining writing games for kids that also tests their creativity.
- Have the kids sit in a circle and hand each of them a sheet of paper and a pen.
- Ask each child to write a question that they want the Oracle to answer at the top of the page.
- Then ask them to hand the paper to the child on the left.
- Now ask the children to read the question and write a suitable answer according to their perception. Now, ask the child to fold the paper to conceal the first answer and hand it to the child on the left.
- The next child writes another answer based on their understanding of the question above.
- Continue the game until there’s no space left on the paper. Finally, ask each child to read the crazy answers written to the original question.
These 8 writing games for kids are sure to get your little ones more eager to practice their writing skills. Check our kids learning section for more such games and learning activities.
Frequently Asked Questions on Best Writing Games For Kids To Practice At Home And School
What are the best writing games for kids to practice at home and school.
The Best Writing Games For Kids To Practice At Home And School are Creative writing activities for kids, letter writing, story writing competitions, instant writing games for kids, etc.
What are the benefits of Best Writing Games For Kids To Practice At Home And School?
The benefits of Best Writing Games For Kids To Practice At Home And School are that they are helpful in teaching kids the importance of writing and improving their spelling skills for better learning outcomes.
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105 Creative Writing Exercises To Get You Writing Again
You know that feeling when you just don’t feel like writing? Sometimes you can’t even get a word down on paper. It’s the most frustrating thing ever to a writer, especially when you’re working towards a deadline. The good news is that we have a list of 105 creative writing exercises to help you get motivated and start writing again!
What are creative writing exercises?
Creative writing exercises are short writing activities (normally around 10 minutes) designed to get you writing. The goal of these exercises is to give you the motivation to put words onto a blank paper. These words don’t need to be logical or meaningful, neither do they need to be grammatically correct or spelt correctly. The whole idea is to just get you writing something, anything. The end result of these quick creative writing exercises is normally a series of notes, bullet points or ramblings that you can, later on, use as inspiration for a bigger piece of writing such as a story or a poem.
Good creative writing exercises are short, quick and easy to complete. You shouldn’t need to think too much about your style of writing or how imaginative your notes are. Just write anything that comes to mind, and you’ll be on the road to improving your creative writing skills and beating writer’s block .
Use the generator below to get a random creative writing exercise idea:
List of 105+ Creative Writing Exercises
Here are over 105 creative writing exercises to give your brain a workout and help those creative juices flow again:
- Set a timer for 60 seconds. Now write down as many words or phrases that come to mind at that moment.
- Pick any colour you like. Now start your sentence with this colour. For example, Orange, the colour of my favourite top.
- Open a book or dictionary on a random page. Pick a random word. You can close your eyes and slowly move your finger across the page. Now, write a paragraph with this random word in it. You can even use an online dictionary to get random words:
- Create your own alphabet picture book or list. It can be A to Z of animals, food, monsters or anything else you like!
- Using only the sense of smell, describe where you are right now.
- Take a snack break. While eating your snack write down the exact taste of that food. The goal of this creative writing exercise is to make your readers savour this food as well.
- Pick a random object in your room and write a short paragraph from its point of view. For example, how does your pencil feel? What if your lamp had feelings?
- Describe your dream house. Where would you live one day? Is it huge or tiny?
- Pick two different TV shows, movies or books that you like. Now swap the main character. What if Supergirl was in Twilight? What if SpongeBob SquarePants was in The Flash? Write a short scene using this character swap as inspiration.
- What’s your favourite video game? Write at least 10 tips for playing this game.
- Pick your favourite hobby or sport. Now pretend an alien has just landed on Earth and you need to teach it this hobby or sport. Write at least ten tips on how you would teach this alien.
- Use a random image generator and write a paragraph about the first picture you see.
- Write a letter to your favourite celebrity or character. What inspires you most about them? Can you think of a memorable moment where this person’s life affected yours? We have this helpful guide on writing a letter to your best friend for extra inspiration.
- Write down at least 10 benefits of writing. This can help motivate you and beat writer’s block.
- Complete this sentence in 10 different ways: Patrick waited for the school bus and…
- Pick up a random book from your bookshelf and go to page 9. Find the ninth sentence on that page. Use this sentence as a story starter.
- Create a character profile based on all the traits that you hate. It might help to list down all the traits first and then work on describing the character.
- What is the scariest or most dangerous situation you have ever been in? Why was this situation scary? How did you cope at that moment?
- Pretend that you’re a chat show host and you’re interviewing your favourite celebrity. Write down the script for this conversation.
- Using extreme detail, write down what you have been doing for the past one hour today. Think about your thoughts, feelings and actions during this time.
- Make a list of potential character names for your next story. You can use a fantasy name generator to help you.
- Describe a futuristic setting. What do you think the world would look like in 100 years time?
- Think about a recent argument you had with someone. Would you change anything about it? How would you resolve an argument in the future?
- Describe a fantasy world. What kind of creatures live in this world? What is the climate like? What everyday challenges would a typical citizen of this world face? You can use this fantasy world name generator for inspiration.
- At the flip of a switch, you turn into a dragon. What kind of dragon would you be? Describe your appearance, special abilities, likes and dislikes. You can use a dragon name generator to give yourself a cool dragon name.
- Pick your favourite book or a famous story. Now change the point of view. For example, you could rewrite the fairytale , Cinderella. This time around, Prince Charming could be the main character. What do you think Prince Charming was doing, while Cinderella was cleaning the floors and getting ready for the ball?
- Pick a random writing prompt and use it to write a short story. Check out this collection of over 300 writing prompts for kids to inspire you.
- Write a shopping list for a famous character in history. Imagine if you were Albert Einstein’s assistant, what kind of things would he shop for on a weekly basis?
- Create a fake advertisement poster for a random object that is near you right now. Your goal is to convince the reader to buy this object from you.
- What is the worst (or most annoying) sound that you can imagine? Describe this sound in great detail, so your reader can understand the pain you feel when hearing this sound.
- What is your favourite song at the moment? Pick one line from this song and describe a moment in your life that relates to this line.
- You’re hosting an imaginary dinner party at your house. Create a list of people you would invite, and some party invites. Think about the theme of the dinner party, the food you will serve and entertainment for the evening.
- You are waiting to see your dentist in the waiting room. Write down every thought you are having at this moment in time.
- Make a list of your greatest fears. Try to think of at least three fears. Now write a short story about a character who is forced to confront one of these fears.
- Create a ‘Wanted’ poster for a famous villain of your choice. Think about the crimes they have committed, and the reward you will give for having them caught.
- Imagine you are a journalist for the ‘Imagine Forest Times’ newspaper. Your task is to get an exclusive interview with the most famous villain of all time. Pick a villain of your choice and interview them for your newspaper article. What questions would you ask them, and what would their responses be?
- In a school playground, you see the school bully hurting a new kid. Write three short stories, one from each perspective in this scenario (The bully, the witness and the kid getting bullied).
- You just won $10 million dollars. What would you spend this money on?
- Pick a random animal, and research at least five interesting facts about this animal. Write a short story centred around one of these interesting facts.
- Pick a global issue that you are passionate about. This could be climate change, black lives matters, women’s rights etc. Now create a campaign poster for this global issue.
- Write an acrostic poem about an object near you right now (or even your own name). You could use a poetry idea generator to inspire you.
- Imagine you are the head chef of a 5-star restaurant. Recently the business has slowed down. Your task is to come up with a brand-new menu to excite customers. Watch this video prompt on YouTube to inspire you.
- What is your favourite food of all time? Imagine if this piece of food was alive, what would it say to you?
- If life was one big musical, what would you be singing about right now? Write the lyrics of your song.
- Create and describe the most ultimate villain of all time. What would their traits be? What would their past look like? Will they have any positive traits?
- Complete this sentence in at least 10 different ways: Every time I look out of the window, I…
- You have just made it into the local newspaper, but what for? Write down at least five potential newspaper headlines . Here’s an example, Local Boy Survives a Deadly Illness.
- If you were a witch or a wizard, what would your specialist area be and why? You might want to use a Harry Potter name generator or a witch name generator for inspiration.
- What is your favourite thing to do on a Saturday night? Write a short story centred around this activity.
- Your main character has just received the following items: A highlighter, a red cap, a teddy bear and a fork. What would your character do with these items? Can you write a story using these items?
- Create a timeline of your own life, from birth to this current moment. Think about the key events in your life, such as birthdays, graduations, weddings and so on. After you have done this, you can pick one key event from your life to write a story about.
- Think of a famous book or movie you like. Rewrite a scene from this book or movie, where the main character is an outsider. They watch the key events play out, but have no role in the story. What would their actions be? How would they react?
- Three very different characters have just won the lottery. Write a script for each character, as they reveal the big news to their best friend.
- Write a day in the life story of three different characters. How does each character start their day? What do they do throughout the day? And how does their day end?
- Write about the worst experience in your life so far. Think about a time when you were most upset or angry and describe it.
- Imagine you’ve found a time machine in your house. What year would you travel to and why?
- Describe your own superhero. Think about their appearance, special abilities and their superhero name. Will they have a secret identity? Who is their number one enemy?
- What is your favourite country in the world? Research five fun facts about this country and use one to write a short story.
- Set yourself at least three writing goals. This could be a good way to motivate yourself to write every day. For example, one goal might be to write at least 150 words a day.
- Create a character description based on the one fact, three fiction rule. Think about one fact or truth about yourself. And then add in three fictional or fantasy elements. For example, your character could be the same age as you in real life, this is your one fact. And the three fictional elements could be they have the ability to fly, talk in over 100 different languages and have green skin.
- Describe the perfect person. What traits would they have? Think about their appearance, their interests and their dislikes.
- Keep a daily journal or diary. This is a great way to keep writing every day. There are lots of things you can write about in your journal, such as you can write about the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of your day. Think about anything that inspired you or anything that upset you, or just write anything that comes to mind at the moment.
- Write a book review or a movie review. If you’re lost for inspiration, just watch a random movie or read any book that you can find. Then write a critical review on it. Think about the best parts of the book/movie and the worst parts. How would you improve the book or movie?
- Write down a conversation between yourself. You can imagine talking to your younger self or future self (i.e. in 10 years’ time). What would you tell them? Are there any lessons you learned or warnings you need to give? Maybe you could talk about what your life is like now and compare it to their life?
- Try writing some quick flash fiction stories . Flash fiction is normally around 500 words long, so try to stay within this limit.
- Write a six-word story about something that happened to you today or yesterday. A six-word story is basically an entire story told in just six words. Take for example: “Another football game ruined by me.” or “A dog’s painting sold for millions.” – Six-word stories are similar to writing newspaper headlines. The goal is to summarise your story in just six words.
- The most common monsters or creatures used in stories include vampires, werewolves , dragons, the bigfoot, sirens and the loch-ness monster. In a battle of intelligence, who do you think will win and why?
- Think about an important event in your life that has happened so far, such as a birthday or the birth of a new sibling. Now using the 5 W’s and 1 H technique describe this event in great detail. The 5 W’s include: What, Who, Where, Why, When and the 1 H is: How. Ask yourself questions about the event, such as what exactly happened on that day? Who was there? Why was this event important? When and where did it happen? And finally, how did it make you feel?
- Pretend to be someone else. Think about someone important in your life. Now put yourself into their shoes, and write a day in the life story about being them. What do you think they do on a daily basis? What situations would they encounter? How would they feel?
- Complete this sentence in at least 10 different ways: I remember…
- Write about your dream holiday. Where would you go? Who would you go with? And what kind of activities would you do?
- Which one item in your house do you use the most? Is it the television, computer, mobile phone, the sofa or the microwave? Now write a story of how this item was invented. You might want to do some research online and use these ideas to build up your story.
- In exactly 100 words, describe your bedroom. Try not to go over or under this word limit.
- Make a top ten list of your favourite animals. Based on this list create your own animal fact file, where you provide fun facts about each animal in your list.
- What is your favourite scene from a book or a movie? Write down this scene. Now rewrite the scene in a different genre, such as horror, comedy, drama etc.
- Change the main character of a story you recently read into a villain. For example, you could take a popular fairytale such as Jack and the Beanstalk, but this time re-write the story to make Jack the villain of the tale.
- Complete the following sentence in at least 10 different ways: Do you ever wonder…
- What does your name mean? Research the meaning of your own name, or a name that interests you. Then use this as inspiration for your next story. For example, the name ‘Marty’ means “Servant Of Mars, God Of War”. This could make a good concept for a sci-fi story.
- Make a list of three different types of heroes (or main characters) for potential future stories.
- If someone gave you $10 dollars, what would you spend it on and why?
- Describe the world’s most boring character in at least 100 words.
- What is the biggest problem in the world today, and how can you help fix this issue?
- Create your own travel brochure for your hometown. Think about why tourists might want to visit your hometown. What is your town’s history? What kind of activities can you do? You could even research some interesting facts.
- Make a list of all your favourite moments or memories in your life. Now pick one to write a short story about.
- Describe the scariest and ugliest monster you can imagine. You could even draw a picture of this monster with your description.
- Write seven haikus, one for each colour of the rainbow. That’s red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
- Imagine you are at the supermarket. Write down at least three funny scenarios that could happen to you at the supermarket. Use one for your next short story.
- Imagine your main character is at home staring at a photograph. Write the saddest scene possible. Your goal is to make your reader cry when reading this scene.
- What is happiness? In at least 150 words describe the feeling of happiness. You could use examples from your own life of when you felt happy.
- Think of a recent nightmare you had and write down everything you can remember. Use this nightmare as inspiration for your next story.
- Keep a dream journal. Every time you wake up in the middle of the night or early in the morning you can quickly jot down things that you remember from your dreams. These notes can then be used as inspiration for a short story.
- Your main character is having a really bad day. Describe this bad day and the series of events they experience. What’s the worst thing that could happen to your character?
- You find a box on your doorstep. You open this box and see the most amazing thing ever. Describe this amazing thing to your readers.
- Make a list of at least five possible settings or locations for future stories. Remember to describe each setting in detail.
- Think of something new you recently learned. Write this down. Now write a short story where your main character also learns the same thing.
- Describe the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in your whole life. Your goal is to amaze your readers with its beauty.
- Make a list of things that make you happy or cheer you up. Try to think of at least five ideas. Now imagine living in a world where all these things were banned or against the law. Use this as inspiration for your next story.
- Would you rather be rich and alone or poor and very popular? Write a story based on the lives of these two characters.
- Imagine your main character is a Librarian. Write down at least three dark secrets they might have. Remember, the best secrets are always unexpected.
- There’s a history behind everything. Describe the history of your house. How and when was your house built? Think about the land it was built on and the people that may have lived here long before you.
- Imagine that you are the king or queen of a beautiful kingdom. Describe your kingdom in great detail. What kind of rules would you have? Would you be a kind ruler or an evil ruler of the kingdom?
- Make a wish list of at least three objects you wish you owned right now. Now use these three items in your next story. At least one of them must be the main prop in the story.
- Using nothing but the sense of taste, describe a nice Sunday afternoon at your house. Remember you can’t use your other senses (i.e see, hear, smell or touch) in this description.
- What’s the worst pain you felt in your life? Describe this pain in great detail, so your readers can also feel it.
- If you were lost on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere, what three must-have things would you pack and why?
- Particpate in online writing challenges or contests. Here at Imagine Forest, we offer daily writing challenges with a new prompt added every day to inspire you. Check out our challenges section in the menu.
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Marty the wizard is the master of Imagine Forest. When he's not reading a ton of books or writing some of his own tales, he loves to be surrounded by the magical creatures that live in Imagine Forest. While living in his tree house he has devoted his time to helping children around the world with their writing skills and creativity.