Story Starters for Kids

Get these story starters for kids to help develop their writing skills. These story starters will spark the inner writer, and show kids that writing can be fun! From writing a summer memory book, to creating an animal folk tale, to making a comic strip, these activities are sure to inspire the imagination and help your child put pen to paper. You can download them one at a time or all at once.

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Create an Animal Folk Tale

Invite your first grader to follow a African tradition by coming up with an explanatory African folktale and assembling a book to go along with it.
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The Zoo Stories: Imagining Animals at Night

Here's a fun writing activity that will turn a Saturday trip to the local zoo into an all-out creativity bonanza.
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Wham! Bam! Kapow!: Cartoon Storytelling

Challenge your kindergartener to a whole new method of storytelling, and improve his fine motor skills in the process.
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Content Clues: Writing with Pictures

This book-making activity is quick and easy, and it gives emerging readers insight into how a story's illustrations provide context clues.
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Spark a Story

This activity will help generate ideas for your child to write about...without the moans and groans!
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Write a Painting-Inspired Story

The everyday American scenes painted by Edward Hopper provide a great opportunity for your middle schooler to narrate and engage in storytelling.
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Write a Tall Tale

Help your second grader grasp her understanding of tall tales and practice writing with this activity by writing her own about your family!
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Write a Collaborative Story

This fun writing activity takes a regular task - writing a story - and transforms it into a collaborative writing experience for hilarious results!
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Write a Pet Sitter Guide

Give your third grader's reading and writing skills a stretch: have her create a Care Manual for your pet the next time your family goes away.
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