Spark Your Child’s Imagination With These Writing Prompts For Kids

Spark Your Child's Imagination With These Writing Prompts For Kids

Are you looking for an easy-going, summer-vacation kind of writing prompts for kids?

Some of the most fun Maia and I have with our chalkboard involves activities where we take turns (like when we drew mazes for each other). In this easy writing prompts for kids activity I drew empty faces and thought bubbles on the chalkboard and Maia filled them in.

Writing Prompts for Kids - The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories! by Jennifer HallisyIt’s based on an idea I found in Jennifer Hallissy’s The Write Start (you can read my interview with her here). Jennifer’s version involves making your own dry erase thought bubble or speech bubble to use for writing practice. I took the lazy mama’s route and simply drew my thought bubbles on the chalkboard. I also added a the bare outline of the person who was doing the thinking.

Maia would fill in the face (and facial expression) for the person and write their thoughts. She had fun with it, so I kept making new ones for her with both thought bubbles and speech bubbles and single people and pairs.

Different combinations inspired different results.

Spark Your Child's Imagination With These Writing Prompts For Kids – Thought Bubbles on chalkboard
This one says “I love my sister so, so much.”

Spark Your Child's Imagination With These Writing Prompts For Kids – Chalkboard Speech Bubble Drawings
This one is inspired by the conversations between parent and child in the picture book titled Are You Awake? I am curious to see what your children will fill in when you label your figures as “parent” and “child!”

My aim is to encourage her to keep up her creative writing over the summer in enjoyable and effortless ways. If you have any great ideas, please share!

Spark Your Child's Imagination With These Writing Prompts For Kids – Chalkboard Thought Bubble Drawing

More Writing Prompts For Kids

• For older kids :: Start a notebook where you take turns writing notes to each other or adding to a silly story sentence by sentence.
• For younger kids :: Practice letterforms on a sand tray or with shaving cream.
Send postcards from your next trip, your hometown, or even to new friends all over the world with postcrossing.com.
Find an old typewriter at a thrift store, set it up, and see what it inspires!

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6 Comments

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    tansydolls.blogspot.com
    June 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    These are great! A friend once gave my daughter a book full of blank faces; she had great fun filling them all in! ~Robin

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    MJ
    June 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Super sweet idea. We love our chalkboard wall. Thanks! XO, MJ

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    rachel
    June 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    oh thank you jean! i just pulled out my Write Start this morning in the hopes of (finally!) digging in. what a fun idea! will have to try it soon. thanks for the inspiration! and maia looks so sweet and so old in that pic!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    June 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    How fun! Do you remember the name of the book?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    June 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Chalkboard walls are great, aren’t they?

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    molly
    June 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This is really great. Eleanor does this all the time on her own, I should do it on a large scale like this for her too. She would love it.

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