First Grade Writing Prompts

Writing prompts for kids

I put together a fun list of first grade writing prompts to get kids writing and enjoying it. Writing, of course, is essential in education and throughout life; but it can also be a fun way to express creativity or to practice mindfulness. Writing can help us reflect, get to know ourselves a little better, and express our emotions.

I put together this list of writing prompts for kids with all of that in mind. Many of these writing prompts for kids invite children to write about themselves. Some invite them to write about how they feel. Others prompt them to use their creativity and imagine a fun scenario or story. These can be long or short writings.

When I used these with my own children, I wrote them out in one of those notebooks that has the pages split in half—half for drawing and the bottom half lined for writing. I usually let them choose whether to draw with what they write. Sometimes they did, and sometimes they didn’t. However, drawing before writing has been shown to greatly benefit the writing process, and often the result is that children end up writing more than they otherwise would have.

Writing Prompts for First Grade

About Me

My favorite food is

My favorite toy is __________ because

The best day of the week is __________ because

The best season is ____________ because

When I grow up

My favorite book is _______________ because

On my birthday I

My favorite holiday is _______________ because

Feelings and Mindfulness

I am thankful for

The best part of my day is

The worst part of the day is

I am a good friend because

Something that makes me nervous is

Something that makes me happy is

I am good at

Today I am feeling

Creative Writing

If I had a pet parrot

When I go to the beach

If I had $1,000

If I could be an animal, I would be a ___________ because

If it snowed today

If I could go anywhere, I would go

On rainy days, I


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