Writing Prompts for Preschool Children

Easy ideas for preschoolers to get writing:

Would you rather…?

  • have potato chips or French fries?
  • play with a cat or a dog?
  • dance or sing?
  • climb a tree or roll in the leaves?
  • swim or skate?
  • make a cake or eat a cake?
  • jump in puddles or stay dry?
  • go to bed late or get up early?
  • have a pet mouse or a pet elephant?

What would you do if…

  • a pet lion came to visit your house?
  • you caught a giant fish?
  • you had an invisible bicycle?
  • you found a real treasure map?
  • you found a secret door?

Start storytelling by asking the children to tell you about their drawings. There’s always a story behind them, for whoever listens. How many words can they write to go along with the words they have drawn?


Ode to a Season

Which is your favourite season? Why is it your favourite?

Write about your favourite season and how it appeals to each of your five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and hearing.

As a bonus challenge, can you turn it into a haiku?


Bright, soft, white glitter

ice cold, wet lace in the sky

fresh falling snowflakes

A Novel Deck of Playing Cards

gothcardsDesign your own playing cards.

My nephew has these Gothic style playing cards. Likely they were given to him from someone for some birthday or other. I liked them. Of course, the Gothic/ tragic style suits a deck of cards with kings, queens and their subordinates.

What are some other styles or genres which would work great as a novelty deck of playing cards?


The Best Secret Door Ever?

People like a story with a secret. But there is more to a secret than the secret itself. How would you design the ultimate secret door? Would it be mysterious, dark and dangerous, sparkling and light or something no one ever noticed until…


I like this one. It blends into the wall. The painting covers the seam at the top of the door and who would think a secret door would just appear right in the middle of a big painting on the wall? Nice camouflage.

For me the ultimate secret door would be in plain sight. Anyone could have seen it if they had just noticed the tiniest of tiny seams in the wallpaper. Of course, the seam would be placed right on the stripe pattern of the wallpaper. A casual glance would have no hope at all in finding it. If someone actually looked, carefully… they would decide it was just their imagination and think a secret door is just romantic nonsense anyway.

Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning 


Source: Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

How is your satire? Could you come up with a great headline like this?

Think of something obvious and spin it in a different way. Try it with a few ideas. It’s not easy but gets better once you get the hang of it.

Start just by changing a few words on the headline from the Onion:

Millions of Cows Robbed of Milk this Morning

School Children Sent Home at the End of the Day

Apples Found, not Far from the Tree



The Culture of Creation Mythology

Creation mythology and the open roadEach culture (religion and civilization) has their own ideas about how the world began. In modern times, many of the stories have become mythology as science gives us new theories to consider. But, the old creation stories have a lot of character, detail and history.

A creation myth is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it. While in popular usage the term myth often refers to false or fanciful stories, formally, it does not imply falsehood. Cultures generally regard their creation myths as true.

Source: Creation myth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Decide on a culture (one you know well) and write a theory of how those people came to exist. How did the animals, plants, sky, (and everything else) begin for that culture. Don’t get stuck being too factual. Exercise both sides of your brain to merge fact and fancy. How would you like the story to go, based on some of the facts as you understand them.

Inspired to Capture a Scene in Memory

What inspires you to capture a scene with a photo?

What scene first comes into your mind when you think of something inspiring?  Even if you didn’t take a photo (or it was an illustration, not a photograph) what captured your imagination? What made you want to remember that scene?

I like knowing what makes something special, that moment of awe we feel at something breath-taking.

What can you pull from your emotions and feelings and pin down with words to describe the scene to someone else?

The Missing Fortune

You open a fortune cookie and find it empty, no fortune. Well, big deal… probably happens to one in every million or so. You carry on with your day and almost forget about the missing fortune until…

Finish the story in your own way.

How superstitious are you? Would it bother you to not have a fortune in your cookie? Would you even wonder if it were a bad omen, maybe even death? Could something small like that influence you and your choices for that day?

Here’s to the Dirt in your Ear!

How does dirt get in your ear? I don’t mean the wax from inside your head, but the bits of grit (or whatever that is) which finds its way to collect in your outer ear. It can’t just be me, or that my ears are some weird shape. I’m not that abnormal.

Anyway, it would make a good toast. No one would assume you were talking about actual dirt. Everyone would think the dirt was gossip. Tricky that way, isn’t it?

What kind of toast could you use among writers? Something interesting and relevant to communication in some form. Take some time to think about it. Bonus points if you get something with a double or twisted meaning.

Curves and Bumps

We don’t notice so many things. So much is common, not even thought of enough to be taken for granted. We expect the ground to be beneath our feet. Do you ever stop at a corner and think about the atoms you’re walking on and how they could… move just a certain way and you wouldn’t be standing on the same ground. Sort of impossible, but not entirely, something to think about when you’re out there.

Today though, think about the shape everyday things have. Most shapes are curves and bumps. There are some right angles but even they become more like a curve or bump as time wears them in.

Look at a hard cover book. Notice the binding, the curve of the spine and the bumps where the book cover is pressed, holding the pages. Hold the book and slip your fingers over the bump and curve.

I have always liked that part of the book, the side of the spine. Do you have a favourite part of a hard cover book? Far different from thinking about a favourite book to read… think about the hard cover book itself.