My daughter can talk about anything. Her imagination is WILD! But getting her to put that imagination on paper is a bit of a challenge. I created these free printable writing prompts for kids, specifically with her in mind. They harness the awesomeness of her imagination while creating open-ended writing opportunities that can work for a large range of writing abilities.

– Life Over C's Spark your kids' imaginations with these free printable writing prompts for kids! From super powers to outer space to a few of your favorite things, this set of writing prompts is a blast!

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Writing Prompt Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Pencils

To prepare the writing prompt cards: Print, laminate and cut apart the cards.

If you want, you can place the cards at a writing center and have the kids visit the center throughout the day. We keep our cards in a bundle near my daughter’s writing notebook to keep things simple.

– Life Over C's writing prompts for early elementary

Despite being able to create amazing stories in conversation, my daughter has trouble putting together more than one sentence on paper, so a trick that we’ve learned is to have her type her writing assignments on the computer first and then she copies them into her notebook.

Of course, we could skip the notebook altogether and keep it all digital, but I felt that she needed to keep working on her handwriting skills at least some each day.

You can use them according to the skills and abilities of your kids! I’d love to hear how you adapt them.

– Life Over C's

These writing prompt cards have some really fun questions!

Some are very simple and could easily be answered in one sentence, but for a strong learner, you could ask them to explain their ‘why’ or convince you of their choice.

In general though, these aren’t intended for lengthy writing assignments. Instead they are simply a way for kids to practice putting their thoughts on paper.

A few cards work on list-making skills. You can keep it simple by allowing phrases or extend it by requiring full sentences.

– Life Over C's writing prompts for kids

Others get into emotions such as “When have you been brave?” and “When have you been scared?”

I find that those questions are very important because they help kids to process their emotions and help me to know what they are dealing with inside their beautiful minds.

I’d love to know how you use these writing prompts with your kids!

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– Life Over C's writing prompt cards
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Hello I am Toubakari Maria I work for children with special needs….I am very grateful for your amazing worksheets.Thank you for your free download 😊😊😊. Best wishes from Greece😍😍

  2. Thanks for sharing! This an inviting and fun prompt to get the schoolagers interested in writing. Can’t wait to introduce them in the writing center. Because I work with a mixed-age group, I’m sure the schoolagers will get the preschoolers engaged in thinking, talking and “writing” stories of their own 😀