Minecraft writing prompts

Minecraft writing prompts that will inspire kids to describe, make lists, compare and contrast, and write diary entries {via WriteShop}

Put an educational spin on your kids’ favorite sandbox game with a creative writing activity. I’m willing to bet these Minecraft writing prompts will spark enthusiasm in the most reluctant writer!

1. Reap What You Sow

As a Minecraft crop farmer, you’re getting tired of beets, potatoes, and carrots. If you could sow three brand-new crops, what would you choose to grow? Explain what you will have to do to harvest your new crops.

2. The Choice is “Mine”

Do you prefer playing Minecraft in Survival mode or Creative mode? Write one or two paragraphs explaining your reasons. Before you start writing, make a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts these two modes.

3. Toolbelt Tactics

Would you rather build a castle, a tree house, or a bridge? Describe the Minecraft tools, materials, and supplies you will need to accomplish your goal.

4. Dear Diary

A website is sponsoring a Minecraft writing contest and awarding a prize of 2000 gold nuggets to the winner.

  1. Write a diary or journal entry describing your most exciting Minecraft adventure.
  2. Record your entry using Minecraft’s Book and Quill.
  3. You may include up to three entries in your diary.

5. Making a House a Home

It’s time to decorate your Minecraft house! Make a list of 10 structural features you want to include, such as wood floors or a glass roof. Then make a list of 10 decorating ideas, such as lighting and furniture.

More Minecraft Writing Prompts to tempt even the most reluctant writer!If your kids have enjoyed these Minecraft activities, follow the link to another fun set of Minecraft writing prompts. Also, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

Image: Linus Bohman, courtesy of Creative Commons
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#1 Jenny on 04.23.14 at 1:06 pm

Kim, I love these! I am sharing these on HEDUA’s Facebook page on Friday and pinned them for our fans. Thanks for such a fun writing “assignment”!

#2 Kim Kautzer on 04.23.14 at 1:15 pm

Jenny: Thanks bunches for sharing the love. I had fun putting these prompts together–quite a feat for someone who has never played Minecraft. ;)

#3 Jen Reyneri (@jenreyneri) on 04.23.14 at 2:54 pm

Thank you, Kim! Using at home and sharing EVERYWHERE I can:) AWESOME! I’m sure my boys could lend some advice if you ever post round two:) See you soon! YEAH!

#4 Kim Kautzer on 04.23.14 at 3:28 pm

Jen: I may have them weigh in on Round 2. I already have more ideas set aside for a future post!

#5 iGameMom on 04.23.14 at 5:38 pm

Love these ideas. Pinned.

#6 Kim Kautzer on 04.23.14 at 5:50 pm

Appreciate that, iGameMom.

#7 Mary on 04.28.14 at 10:39 am

You know I love LEGO writing prompts. These are great! I will be sharing them with my readers.

#8 Kim Kautzer on 04.28.14 at 10:44 am

Oh yes, Mary! I do indeed know what a big LEGO prompts fan you are! I wish I’d thought about giving my son LEGO topics during his reluctant-writing years, but it’s wonderful that today’s children have so many more choices for writing about things they love.

#9 Elizabeth on 04.28.14 at 5:07 pm

Thanks so much. This is wonderful for a girl who loves minecraft, but is a very reluctant writer. Thanks again!

#10 Kim Kautzer on 04.28.14 at 5:15 pm

You’re so welcome, Elizabeth! I’m sure I’ll post another set of Minecraft prompts in a few months. :)

Thanks for taking time to comment!

#11 Tami Lewis on 05.28.14 at 7:34 am

This is fabulous! I am almost thru the list with my kids and they haven’t complained about writing once! Thank you!

#12 Kim Kautzer on 05.28.14 at 8:07 am

I’m so glad your kids are loving these writing prompts, Tami. I remember what it was like to always be on the hunt for anything that would result in tear-free writing days!

I’ll be sure to post another set of Minecraft prompts in the next month or two. :)

#13 Paula L (@Educoencasa) on 05.28.14 at 7:10 pm

I love this!! I’ll use it with my daughter who is a great fan of this game. Thanks for sharing!!

#14 Kim Kautzer on 05.28.14 at 11:23 pm

Thank you so much, Paula! I hope your daughter enjoys some new writing inspiration.

I love your blog, by the way. My Spanish is awfully rusty, but it was fun trying to make my way through a couple of your posts. :)

#15 Paula L (@Educoencasa) on 05.29.14 at 6:36 am

Thanks Kim! Sometimes I feel like writing in English too as I read lots of blogs from USA (HS in Argentina is newly born! haha) but I’m not that confident about my English writing skill!
By the way, do you mind if I translate this amazing prompts to share with all the due credits? Almost all homeschooling families I know have kids fan of Minecraft, I’m sure they will love this. I’ve share it anyway but not all of them speak English.

#16 Kim Kautzer on 05.29.14 at 8:20 am

I’d be honored to have you share the link. Consider this permission to translate it into Spanish, but please make sure you link directly to the original post as well.

And I think your English is fabulous! I can barely string any coherent Spanish together anymore. ;)

#17 Claudia on 12.25.14 at 8:26 am

for what grade level is it ?

#18 Kim Kautzer on 12.26.14 at 4:52 pm

Claudia: There’s no grade level for these writing prompts. If your kids love Minecraft and are old enough to think of ways to answer the prompts, then they shouldn’t have any trouble.

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