Fun Children’s Writing Prompts (That Adults Should Use Too)
What better way to get over writer’s block than to get a little bit silly? I don’t see why the more creative and downright fun writing prompts should only be for kids, so I’ve been scouting out some ‘children’s writing games/ideas’ – and you know what? They’re all fun AND they work.
Here’s a few of my favourite prompts and games to indulge your inner kid and spark your creativity – make sure you add your own!
Random word generator
You can either write a bunch of random words and then choose three of them randomly each day, or you could just ask three people to give you the first word they think of. It’s your job to write a 100 word story or poem using the three words – the sillier the better.
Mine were: Banana, vampire, bowtie.
Become a food critic
For this one, you get to go all Masterchef and become a food critic. How exciting can you make your meal sound? Banish all the usual clichés (delicious, comforting, spicy) and use non-food words to create descriptions or even new words.
“The mashed potato rose like a great mountain, with boulder-sized lumps and a molten buttery-centre.”
“The paprika chicken was brazen in flavor, carelessly trampling over the leeks and leaving them, wilted and frail in its wake. An overconfident sauce, which tasted molten red and oily, only added to the chaos.”
OK, not my proudest work – but you get the idea right?
Dream up a monster
Get your creative hat on and dream up a fantastic monster or mythical creature – now you need to describe everything about it in great detail. You can also use it as an excuse to get the felt tips out and draw it if you fancy (my big purple, three-headed pig-dragon is named Bert, by the way and he’s MAJESTIC). Once you know what it looks like, what’s its story? Where did it come from? What does it eat? And what does it like to do for fun?
Imagine you’re writing a news article about spotting it, or a manual for kids who want to keep the monster as a pet. It might not relate to your writing, but it gives you permission to be as creative and silly as you like.
Name that doodle
Similar to the above, except this time get a friend or if you’ve got any around, a child, to make you a doodle of an animal, creature etc. Do the same as above and describe everything you can see about the doodle and everything you can’t. If you do have kids this is a fun idea for a picture book or an ongoing series of short stories.
The fairytale gone wrong
This is a great exercise for taking the familiar and turning it on its head – especially if you want a break from your own character’s world. Take your favourite fairytale or film and outline what happens next in a few bullet points, then expand into a short story. You can write the ending you always wanted or completely shake things up – did Darcy and Elizabeth live happily ever after? What really happened to Batman at the end of The Dark Knight Rises? Did Cinderella become a tyrant and start an affair with the Prince’s window cleaner?
Or think about your favourite novel or film from another characters’ perspective – for example, what do you think poor Voldemort thought of that pesky wizard always trying to thwart him? Yes, this is just fan fiction, but go with it!
Do you have any ideas for sillier writing prompts? Anything that makes me get some colours out is OK in my book…