Story Starters and Writing Prompts

For bedtime and classroom.

Lost Chicks Writing Prompt for Kids

The baby chicks can't find their mother. Where can she be? And what will the chicks do next? Tell the story yourself and let your next adventure...

Mountain Guard Writing Prompt

Here's a writing prompt for older elementary or middle grade kids. An invisible giant mythical mountain guard protects the pass. Will he let the...

Kids Play, Dog Growls: Trouble Ahead Writing Prompt

Something stops the girls from playing when the dog growls. What could it be? Write the story yourself and let your next adventure begin!

Fairy Queen Writing Prompt

Here's a writing prompt for older elementary or middle grade. What could the surprise be? Is it something good or not so good? Can you trust a...

How To Use the Story Starters for Bedtime Stories

Ask Questions

Ask you child what do they think is happening now in the picture and what will happen next?

Ask your child for the next sentence

Have your child tell you the next sentence in the story, and then you make up the next sentence, taking turns until you have story.

If you get stuck, try this

Use a word or phrase like ‘suddenly’, ‘just then’, ‘they didn’t know it, but’, and ‘surprisingly’.  Then add in something random and unexpected.


Writing Prompts

You’ll find Story Starters that can be used for Writing Prompts for both older and younger students.  You can search on categories to find a subject or theme that interests you.

View All Story Starters

Find a list of all the Story Starters here. Click on the one you want and you’ll go to its full-sized page, where you can print it if you like.


If you love stories, chances are you’ll love this month Featured Book:




Kids in Despair; Villains lay a Snare; Parents Aren’t Aware

Logan can’t wait to visit Meeka, but what promises to be a fun trip to her over-the-top wealthy home turns into a nightmare. Everyone he meets has secrets, even Meeka. But when a crime is uncovered, and Nate is kidnapped, Logan, Meeka and Poet know exactly what they need to do. Go and get him back—no matter what the risk.


The Con Artist’s Takeover is the second book in the Crime Stopper Kids Mysteries series   for 9-12 year olds.


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