The Magic of Childhood Writing Prompts by Katya Szewczuk

Writing prompts are an extremely important part of a childhood development. You might be asking “Why is it so important?” or “What do writing prompts have to do with childhood development?” When children are exposed to writing at a young age they learn to think and create and might learn lessons that you never thought of teaching them.

Not only are writing prompts creative and fun, but you can also use this time to spend with your children or students, and watch them grow productively as time ticks forward.

Examples of Fun Writing Prompts:

There are many writing prompts you can look up on the web by simply searching “writing” or “kid lit prompts”. It’s that easy. But today I’m going to give you three writing prompts that I used to give two young girls whenever I babysat them.

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These girls lived next to my grandparents and were always outside playing wiffle ball or scooping fish out of their Koi fish pond. Whenever they came over my grandparents’ house, they would bring over a haul of balls and games, itching to play with my sisters and me.

When the game would get out of hand and the girls would get too hyper, I’d sit them down and say, “Now write a story.” This kept them quiet for about ten minutes.  Then they would roughhouse with each other and sometimes toss those wiffle balls at my head. And yes, it left bruises.

So after they wrote their stories I would say, “Now act out the adventure your characters are going on.” The girls would fiddle their thumbs, think for a moment and then run around the yard acting like pirates and dragons. Of course, I was always the dragon.

The Acting Writing Prompt is simple. All you have to do is tell your kids to write a story or simply read them a story and tell them to act out their favorite parts. This will give them a boost of creativity and might even improve their social skills.

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Now as many of you have seen on KidLit TV or even on my YouTube series The Kat’s Meow, I am a huge fangirl of fanfiction. What’s fanfiction? It’s a fan’s version of a work of fiction, and even non-fiction. It’s when your fans write their own stories and create it in the way they wanted the story to end.

When I was young I always changed the endings of stories because I just didn’t think it was right to make the main character win every battle or have Character A get married to Character C instead of Character B. I was very particular about how stories ended so wrote hundreds of fanfictions.

A few years ago fanfiction was actually considered a crime in the literary world. Many authors were extremely stingy about fans changing their book endings. But why? This means your fans were so affected by your book that they had to change the ending.

Fanficiton makes a wonderful writing prompt because you will get the “inside scoop” on how a story left an impact on your kids! It’s also a great writing prompt for teens since the fanfiction world is highly populated by teenagers.

Role-playing

Role-playing is when people act as characters from any type of media, whether it’s literature, film, anime, and even boy bands. Over the years role-playing has become a type of art that is found all over Tumblr. There are over hundreds of role-playing communities where you’ll find at least one person pretending to be Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.

The reason role-playing made it to the list because if you search on Tumblr and you find role-plays from your favorite series, you will see how beautifully written each role-play is. Some role-players should be published authors!

If your child is passionate about a series and loves one character, he or she should start role-playing as that character. The reason for this is because we all have role-played at least once in our lives. Remember dress-up or playing house with your next-door neighbor? That’s role-play.

Children take on a role as a character and make that character go on awesome adventures. The role-playing community is filled with teens who have created beautifully scripted work that shows that they should or probably will become authors one day.

All of these are examples of writing prompts I used whenever I babysat the two girls who are not babies anymore. This blog post is making me feel old! Always remember that there are thousands of writing prompts you can come up with. All it takes is a little time, fun and childhood magic.

Katya Szewczuk                                         IMG_9772
Writer/Editor Kid Lit TV
The Kat’s Meow Host
Personal Assistant to Dr. Anthony L. Manna (Simon & Schuster/ Random House)
Productive Video Arts Designer
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8 thoughts on “The Magic of Childhood Writing Prompts by Katya Szewczuk

  1. I’m spending the day with two of my grandchildren in a couple of weeks and I’m definitely going to try out one or more of these ideas. There usually comes a time, when we’re together, that they need to chill. Good to have this in my arsenal. One activity I have tried is for us to create a story together. One of us contributes the first sentence. Then we go around it a circle with each person adding a sentence in turn. We usually end up giggling.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed these prompts, Marilyn! I always say that whatever kind of prompt gets kids reading and writing is the prompt to stick with. It’s wonderful how you spend so much time with your grandchildren. I always loved spending time with my grandparents. It felt like magic whenever I was with them!

      That’s a wonderful prompt you came up with. It really is like a game and I’ve realized the funner you make something for kids the more they will likely take part in it.

    • Reminds me of the old telephone game where you whisper a message in someones ear and they pass it on until the last person who has to say it out loud. Never the same message. Always worth a laugh.

      Darlene

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