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More Minecraft writing prompts

Minecraft is all the rage. No wonder it’s getting easier to find Minecraft-inspired educational and writing activities to motivate your children!

Our last set of Minecraft writing prompts was so popular, we promised to come up with more. Now you can capture your reluctant writer’s interest with six new Minecraft writing prompts that encourage descriptive, narrative, and informative writing.

Capture your reluctant writer's interest with six new Minecraft writing prompts that encourage descriptive, narrative, and informative writing.

1. If You Build It

Use your imagination to design a Minecraft building such as a shop, cave dwelling, mansion, or theater. What will you design? How will you persuade others to come to your building? Make a list of 6-10 reasons why people will love this place.

2. Minecraft Scenario

After a terrifying shipwreck, you find yourself on a beach. You don’t know where you are, and it will soon be dark. What will you do?

3. Avatar Adventures

Write a story about your Minecraft avatar. How did you arrive in your world? What are some of your goals? Who are your allies?

4. It’s a Zoo!

You have been hired to build an enclosure for a Minecraft zoo. Choose a mob to live in your enclosure, and describe the enclosure you will build for them.

5. Tools of the Trade

Describe three Minecraft tools and explain how you like to use them.

6. Dear Grandma

Your grandma has never seen Minecraft, and she has asked you to help her understand it. Write a letter in which you explain what Minecraft is and why you enjoy playing the game.

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Creative writing photo prompts that tickle the imagination

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

It’s fun to take inspiration from a photo, especially when the image is unusual enough to tickle the imagination! Your children are sure to love these four creative writing photo prompts that invite them to write whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

The Butterphant

While on a walk through a blossoming meadow, you discover a mouse-sized elephant with butterfly ears flitting among the flowers. What is it doing? Are there others like it? Is it friendly? What will happen if you capture it?

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

Castle on the Moor

Use at least five of these words to tell a story about this photo: wind, balcony, window, dungeon, troll, treasure, knight, mysterious, lonely, rescue

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

Honey, I Shrunk Myself!

Who is this tiny man? Where is he? What is he taking a photo of? What emotions is he feeling? Write a story explaining what’s happening in this picture.

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

Toy Story

Day after day, these Pez heads sit quietly on display in the candy store. But when the store closes in the evening and the owner goes home, funny things begin to take place! What happens at night in the candy store? Write a story from the point of view of one of the Pez heads.

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!
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Photo Credits: Fiona McAllister (“Castle“), (“Pez“), Nathan O’Nions (“Viewfinder“), thethreesisters (“Elephant“) courtesy of Creative Commons

6 beach-themed writing prompts

These beach themed writing prompts will help kids make up stories, plan a seaside tea party menu, choose a crab's new house, or make three wishes!

Whether you live near the coast or far inland, nothing says “summertime” like the beach! Gather your kids around the table for some summer writing fun, using these beach themed writing prompts as a jumping-off point. They’ll love creating imaginative stories, planning menus for a doll’s tea party, or choosing a new home for a crab.

1. The House that Herb Built

Herb the Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell. In his search for a new place to live, he comes across a plastic cup, a tin can, and a large, empty snail shell. Which one will he choose for his new home? Explain your answer.

2. On the Morning Tide

On a morning beach stroll, you stumble upon an unusual item that has washed ashore. Write a paragraph telling what is it, where it came from, and whether you will keep it or throw it back into the ocean.

3. Ocean Overtures

Describe the ocean using all five senses. What color is the water? How does it move? What sounds do you hear? How does ocean spray feel and taste? If you have never been to the ocean, use your imagination! Or, with a parent, you can watch some of these short ocean video clips:

Waves Crashing on Rocky Beach

Birds Flying Over the Ocean

Thailand Sea

Sunny Oregon Coast

Turquoise Waves on a California Beach

4. Digging Deeper

Write a short story beginning with this line: My jaw dropped when a tiny voice at the edge of my shovel said, “Don’t hurt me!”

5. Genie of the Shell

At a beachside souvenir shop, you buy a beautiful golden shell. As you polish the shell to remove some crusted sand, a genie suddenly pops out to grant you three wishes! His only condition is that each wish must bless someone other than you. Who will benefit from your wishes? Explain what you will wish for, and why.

6. I’ll Have a Sand-wich

You are a restaurant owner who has been hired to cater a doll’s tea party. Create a beach-themed summer menu for the party guests using only items you might find at the seashore. Give each dish a descriptive name, such as “Mixed Seaweed Salad in Clam Shells.” Include each of the following on your menu: Appetizer, Soup, Salad, Main Course, Dessert, and Beverage.

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Photo Credit: Bill Sutton, courtesy of Creative Commons.

Free Robot Writing Printable

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. Imagine you are a medical nanobot exploring the brain. What did you find? How did you get there? What did you see? Write down your observations on this month’s free robot writing printable.

Free robot-themed printable writing prompt

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Writing prompts about books

Using books as a springboard, kids can discuss characters' personality traits, describe a main character, and persuade a friend to read a book.

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From wordless books to favorite novels, your kids’ reading can provide a springboard to book-themed writing activities. This week, let them take journaling inspiration from literature with these writing prompts about books.

1. You Have to Read This Book!

Some books are like best pals: we never get tired of spending time with them! Think of such a book—one you love to read again and again. Then, persuade a friend to read this book by making a list of 6-10 reasons why it’s so appealing.

2. No Words

Find a wordless book—one that has mostly pictures and no (or very few) words—and write a story to go along with each page in the book. It will help to ask yourself what is happening in the picture, how each character might feel, and what might happen next. Feel free to give the characters names!

Encourage kids to write a story that goes along with a wordless book such as Chalk.
If you have younger siblings, you probably have some wordless books lying around, such as ChalkGood Night, Gorilla, or The Red Book. If not, visit the library and look for one of the shorter books on this list of 10 wordless books

3. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In fiction, the protagonist is often called the “good guy,” while the antagonist—the character who opposes the protagonist—is known as the “bad guy.”

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for instance, Aslan is the protagonist and the evil White Witch is the antagonist. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the protagonist, of course, is Alice, who finds herself at odds with the cruel Queen of Hearts.

Choose a protagonist from a favorite book and explain how this character’s behavior and positive character qualities inspire respect or admiration. Then, think of an antagonist (from the same book or a different one) and explain what makes this character unlikable.

4. She’s Got Personality

Have you ever thought about writing a novel? If so, you probably already have ideas about the characters you might include!

Write a paragraph that describes your main character. Include details about this character’s appearance, personality traits, likes or dislikes, and a surprising or interesting fact about his or her background. If you get stuck thinking of words, you can find some ideas here and here.

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Photo Credit: Kozzi

Dream vacation writing prompts for kids

Let’s face it. When you tell your kids you’re going on vacation, it usually means a road trip to visit Grandpa and Grandma!

Sure, you might spend a week at the beach—or even blow a wad at Disney World—but it’s pretty unlikely that most homeschooling families can afford to take the children to faraway places around the globe.

Dream vacation writing prompts let kids dream about exotic trips to places they may never get to visit, such as an English castle or African savanna.

That’s what I love about today’s dream vacation writing prompts: they let your kids dream about exotic trips to places they may never otherwise get to visit. So, what are you waiting for? Pull out the atlas and set the kids free to do some armchair traveling!

1. Hakuna Matata

You just found out your family is going on an African safari! Write about four things you will do at your exciting destination.

2. How I Spent My Summer Vacation

What if your restful summer vacation turned into an unexpected adventure? Write a story about this crazy experience using at least five words from this list: roof, jewels, thief, trap door, popcorn stand, tourist, speedboat, bookstore, escape, camera.

3. Where in the World?

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a two-week vacation, where would you go? Write a letter convincing your parents to take you there.

4. Distinctive Digs

Imagine spending the summer in Great Britain! For your holiday accommodations, would you rather:

  • Lodge at a restored English castle?
  • Explore the Devonshire countryside from a thatched-roof cottage?
  • Stay in a lighthouse on the rugged coast of Scotland?
  • Sleep in a fancy hotel in the heart of London?

Explain the reasons for your choice.

5. Horsin’ Around

Your aunt and uncle have just invited you to spend a week at a dude ranch in Colorado. Make a list of 10 things you’ll want to pack in your suitcase.

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Photo Credits: “Eiffel Tower” by Lauren ManningAn Interesting Animal” by Justin Jensen, “A girl and her Canon” by John Benson, “Bodiam Castle” by Phillip Capperused under CC BY

Father’s Day writing prompts

This week, let’s celebrate Dad! With these engaging Father’s Day writing prompts, kids will jump at the chance to design a robotic assistant, craft a special award, plan a dream date with Dad, or make a Father’s Day card.

Inspirational Father's Day writing prompts have kids describing an ideal day with Dad, devising a "chore robot," and listing Dad's top 10 attributes!

1. Father’s Little Helper

For a Father’s Day gift, you’re debating between giving your dad a robot that does outside chores or one that fixes broken things around the house. Which one do you think he’d rather have? Describe five chores this new robot will perform.

2. That’s My Dad!

Make a greeting card listing 10 reasons your dad is the greatest father in the world. Illustrate your creation with photos, clipart, or drawings. Seal it in an envelope and present it to him on Father’s Day.

3. Dad’s Dream Day

If you could surprise your dad with a special day, what would the two of you do together? Would you go fishing, hiking, or sky diving? Visit an amusement park or air museum? Race go-karts, play miniature golf, or try bungee jumping? Read and watch movies together? Think of something he would really love to do, and describe your ideal day. Don’t forget to include the pizza, burgers, or ice cream!

4. Best Man

Using a blank sheet of paper and colored pencils or markers, design an award to give your dad for Father’s Day. Include a motto or slogan such as: Superhero to one wife and four kids since 1998 or Best Pancake Maker and Paper Airplane Flyer. For added fun, fill in and print an “official” certificate for free from 123Certificates.com.

Note: Be smart! Always use the Internet with parent supervision.

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Photo Credits: Sneaker Dog (feet), Kelly Sikkema (reading), courtesy of Creative Commons

June Free Printable | Round robin writing prompt

This month’s free printable prompt involves the whole family! In a round-robin writing style, use these words to help your family create an exciting, silly, or funny adventure story!

You’ll also find a printable page for younger students to create their own adventure. Invite them to pick 2-3 words from the list and write a story on the blank lines. When finished, they can draw a picture about their story at the top of the page!

Free Printable Writing Prompt for June: Round Robin Adventure

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Feel free to print this PDF file for your own personal use, but please do not sell or host these files anywhere else.

Summer Acrostic Poem

You might also like our printable Summer acrostic poem

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4 story starters to inspire young writers

These story starters will inspire young writers to imagine tales of outdoor adventure, mystery, and discovery!

SUNLIT beaches, grassy hillsides, and old-fashioned gardens have inspired plenty of stories over the years. Give young writers a chance to craft their own outdoor adventure tales with these four story starters. We provide the first line of each paragraph. A child’s imagination will fill in the rest!

1. Secret of the Blue Cocoon

Wherever the butterfly landed, strange events seemed to follow.

2. A Kite’s Quest

“Where are you going?” the wind asked the runaway kite.

3. High Tea Mystery

The garden party invitation was clear: Bring your own teacup and your own fingerprint kit.

4. Clue at the Picnic

When I sliced the watermelon open, I never expected to find a secret message inside.

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Photo: Piotr P, courtesy of Creative Commons

“I Spy” writing prompts

Kid-friendly writing prompts that celebrate the little things under our feet!

From rocks to beads to LEGO bricks, little things pop up everywhere when there are kids in the house! Encourage your youngsters to journal about their tiny treasures and other bits and pieces with these seven “I Spy” writing prompts.

Tiny Treasures

1. Make a list of things you might find under the couch or between the cushions. Draw a picture of something you could create with these objects.

2. Hide a pile of pennies, nickels, and dimes somewhere in your house. Write three to five clues to help your siblings find the coins, and send them on a treasure hunt.

3. This morning, you opened a freshwater oyster and found a diamond ring instead of a pearl. Will you keep the ring, sell it, or try to find its original owner? Explain your answer.

Bits and Pieces

1. You just received a box in the mail filled with bags of chocolate chips, raisins, and sunflower seeds. Invent a new recipe that includes these ingredients, and describe the taste and appearance of the finished product.

2. During World War II, kids collected scrap metal and rubber to help the war effort. Imagine you and your friends spent the last four hours collecting rubber bands, foil candy wrappers, hairpins, bits of wire, and empty toothpaste tubes. Write a journal entry about your day.

3. Some people claim that humans should eat more insects, which are good little sources of protein and vitamins. Do you think this is a wise idea? Why or why not?

4. Did you know that May 29 is National Paperclip Day? Write about three unusual ways you could use a paperclip next week. (In case you’re wondering, the world record for the longest paperclip chain created by one person in one day is 54,030 paperclips.)

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