Writing Prompts for Kids

For kids that struggle with handwriting, practicing legibility is often a real struggle. Having a set of writing prompts for kids to use to guide handwriting practice can help, especially if it’s a motivating writing prompt topic that peaks the child’s interest! Then, teachers and therapists can use that writing prompt exercise as a handwriting practice or creative writing activity. Occupational therapists often work on letter formation, line awareness, margin use and other parts of writing that impact legibility and efficiency. A kid-friendly writing prompt offers a natural writing opportunity to impact carryover of handwriting skills.

Writing prompts for kids to use for handwriting practice and creative writing ideas.

Writing Prompts for Kids

Using a writing prompt or creative writing idea that is fun can be one way to work on legibility and hand writing tips without feeling like kids are fighting the hand writing process. Writing about fun things or areas of interest is one way to work on legibility without rote copying or simply forming letters over and over again.

Here are lists of  writing prompts and writing prompt  ideas to help kids work on handwriting using their interests in order to improve carryover. The goal with these writing prompts are to work on handwriting practice without the struggle.

Writing prompt ideas

Before getting started with these writing prompts for kids, be sure to encourage kids to create short lists. Writing short lists rather than typical writing prompts offers a chance for kids to practice the specifics of handwriting:

  • Line use
  • Margin use
  • Letter formation
  • Size awareness
  • Spacing between letters

When writing in small spurts, kids get the chance to work on areas like line awareness, spacing, letter size, and letter formation without fatigue. 

Many times, writing prompts are opportunities for kids to write complete sentences and to use creative writing, while practicing the parts of a sentence, use of figurative language, complete thoughts, etc. And creative writing journal prompts are great to use for these learning needs!

Today, however, I am going to share writing prompts in list format so that handwriting tasks can be completed in short spurts, while focusing on the mechanics of handwriting.

When working on handwriting, be sure to use a self-check list so that children can look over their work and self-analyze their written work. A writing posture check can be helpful to use as well. These self-assessment checks improve carryover and learning of skills. 

Writing prompt ideas for kids

 Creative Journal Prompts

Use the writing prompts for kids as creative journal prompt ideas to write either lists of words or creative writing in a journal. Some ideas are open-ended questions and others are lists.

Animal Writing Prompts for kids

  • Write about a favorite animal. 
  • Write animals in alphabetical order.
  • List an animals for each letter of the alphabet.
  • What animal is most like you? Why?
  • If you could be any animal, it would be…

Writing Prompts About My Favorite Things

  • Your favorite way to spend time on the weekends
  • Favorite snacks
  • Things that are your favorite color
  • Favorite foods
  • Favorite shows and movies
  • What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Writing Prompts about the Perfect Things

  • Describe your perfect day.
  • Describe your perfect vacation.
  • Describe the ultimate ice cream sundae toppings.
  • Describe the all-time best sleepover.

“Which is better” writing prompts for kids

  • Which is better: summer or winter? Why?
  • Which is better: spring or fall? Why?
  • Which is better: the mountains or the beach. Why?
  • Which is better: the city or the country? Why?
  • Which is better: football or soccer? Why?

List Writing Prompts for kids

  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year
  • Kinds of fruit
  • Hamburger toppings
  • Animals at the zoo
  • Sports played with a ball

Hopefully, these writing prompt ideas give you some ideas to get started on working on handwriting skills!

Want more motivating writing prompts to work on handwriting practice, and get that pencil to paper? Grab your copy of the Interest Lists Writing Prompts. You’ll get 150 interest-based lists that can be printed off and used to work on handwriting skills.

Each writing list is provided on bold lined paper. Use these lists as a data collection tool, a morning work activity, or for early finishers. Great for virtual therapy or home programs, too.

Print off these writing lists and use them over and over again.

Interest lists writing prompts

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

1 thought on “Writing Prompts for Kids”

  1. Great idea’s! I would like to add: write down your favourite recipe, shopping list for this…. And writing down your favourite joke often gets them going. I bought some empty Comics books which they can use to draw and write their own comic. That was a hit with some as well.

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Writing prompts for kids