If most people have trouble dealing with staying inside, imagine having to stay home with bored kids, complaining that they have nothing to do the whole day, and dismissing any attempt to be entertained! Books are, of course, a great way to spend the time, but there are only so many books a kid can read before wanting to actually do something. If you’re a parent whose kids would gladly write stories, but you don’t have the mental energy to come up with writing prompts, Book Riot has got your back! Here are 20 writing prompts for kids that will keep your children entertained for hours in their own made-up world! You can thank us later (just enjoy your extra time, for now)!
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Want to help your kids improve their writing? Here are a few children’s books about writing that will definitely help!
Many adults who have read these books as children vouch for them as a legit learning tool for writing.
The books are fun, and they are written as real journals, by the pen of Amelia, who describes her thoughts and all the things that happen in her life.
There are various volumes, directed to elementary and middle school.
Myers is well known for his children’s books, and in this volume he teaches the reader to write both fiction and non-fiction.
It includes notes from his own notebooks, and questions and answers regarding outline, characters, and length.
It also questions the reader on what makes them want to become a writer, which might be a very interesting exercise to start off with.
This book is a mix of a journal, a ‘make your own comic’, and scrapbook, because in its pages the little writer is encouraged both to write, draw, and glue things.
For this alone, I think it will be very interesting for kids. It’s not only about writing, but a little bit about crafting, and we all know how kids love getting creative, even when there are guidelines.
This a sort of interactive book. Each page contains a question, and all the kids have to do is write an answer.
It’s less a book of prompts and more an easy writing exercise, where kids don’t need to think too much to put something on the paper. It will also help create a habit of writing, as it’s supposed to be an-answer-a-day exercise.
It is great fun to do together with the parents or siblings, and compare answers.
This is a great one to motivate kids to write and to make them believe that they, too, can become great writers.
Not only does Levine explain how to create great stories – including dialogues, and how to come up with memorable characters – the book also contains writing exercises, to put to test what is taught across its pages.
A wonderful mix of fun and learning.
Another writing book by Levine that is worth adding to this list is Writer To Writer: From Think To Ink.
Written by a Newberry medal winner, this book is pretty much a way to help teachers and parents guide kids in their writing endeavours, in a fun way.
A bit of a step-by-step on how to go from creating a plot, developing interesting characters, drafting, and more.
It dares to go beyond the private writing, teaching you how to print a book, or how to present a text.
It’s like having all the material you need to create a story from start to finish, allowing you to help younger ones create them too.
This book includes writing prompts and craft tips, and it is said to be a perfect book for homeschooling, so definitely a good choice for times like these.
Thomas is well-known among young readers for her up-to-date and woke stories. She writes about young people with empathy, making them shine in her stories.
It also includes tips on how to write a ‘zero draft’, maybe the most important tip ever.
It was later in life that I found out you’re not supposed to write a good story the first time around – I was shocked, but thankful, to learn that – so this book would have been a treasure in my teens, and I’m sure many kids who enjoy writing, and want to keep enjoying it even as it becomes more challenging, will appreciate it.
More than a guide, this book is a journal, and what makes us better writers than writing everyday? For ourselves alone and with no expectations?
With lines from Acevedo’s The Poet X adorning its pages, this wonderful book is ready to be filled in by a writer who is not afraid to make mistakes. It’s supposed to help us find our voice, and make us accept that it may take a while for that to happen.
As consumers of books, it’s impossible not to be inspired by those we read. This journal becomes an invitation to draw inspiration from Acevedo’s writing and, with it, find our own.
We hope these prompts – and books – manage to provide hours of fun for kids, and some peace and quiet for all parents out there!
Stay creative, wash your hands, stay safe (and sane)!