Kindergarten Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Kindergarten students are just beginning to learn how to write, and introducing them to writing prompts requires care. This article looks at what to emphasize when it comes time to help students in kindergarten begin to write.

What Will Kindergarten Students Write?

Obviously, students in kindergarten will not be turning in a term paper on the paternal role that Falstaff plays to King Henry V. Encouraging this grade level demands a slow start, so we will explore some examples below:

  • What Does A Spider Look Like?: This allows a young student to not only form descriptions of the arachnid, but characterize them as cuddly and/or terrifying. See what the classroom comes up with, and allow the students to compare their notes, noticing how different their characterizations of spiders might be - are they furry? Are their eyes big? Do they bite?
  • What Kind of Car Do You Like?: Students can create, in detail, their ideal mode of transportation. They can describe how big it is and how many doors it has and write about its color and shape.
  • What Happens When It Rains?: Every child has seen rain falling from the sky, and watching them explain how it happens will provide great insight for their future writing. Details about the size of the drops, the sounds it makes when it hits the ground and how people react can be noticed.

How Can Kindergarten Students Add to Writing?

A fun way for young children to add to their writing is also one of the easiest ideas to employ. All of the above writing prompts can be accompanied by a drawing exercise; not only will this involve the use of art supplies, it can further stimulate the brains of children and help them to draw on details for their writing that they otherwise would have ignored.

Where Else Can I Find Help?

If you need additional ideas, has a library full of educational material for exploring the writing opportunities in younger students. This series of video lessons on Early Childhood Writing Instruction can help you teach students how to write well.

You can also find lessons like the following videos that can provide you with some extra tips on how to encourage writing and creative ideas in a kindergarten classroom:

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