Story Starters for Kids 1st Grade

Most first graders haven’t mastered writing as of yet, but that doesn’t stop their imaginations from soaring. These creative writing prompts for kids will get them involved in the writing process even if they’ve never picked up a pencil!

Prompt 1: Tomato sauce on the walls, banana peels on the floor, and ice cream melting in the oven! Who was cooking and what happened?

Prompt 2:  What do you think an elephant dreams about when he is asleep?

Prompt 3:The milk you drank for breakfast this morning turned out to be a magic potion. After you took one sip, you became invisible. Is that a fun thing or a terrible thing? What are you going to do today, now that no one can see you?

Prompt 4:  When you left your house for school today were you ever surprised! All of the streets in your town are now rivers. How will your parents go to work? How will you get to school? 

Prompt 5: For some strange reason, the snowman you built last winter never melted. Now it’s Halloween. You’ve decided to put a costume on him. What type of costume will you choose?

Prompt 6: When you got on the bus this morning, you discovered your bus driver was gone and the new bus driver was a dinosaur! Were you excited or scared?

Prompt 7: Your parents said you can decorate your room any way you like. Use your imagination and describe your idea of a perfect bedroom.

Prompt 8: Make up a fairy tale with this sentence as the opening…Once upon a time there was a talking tree in the forest.

Prompt 9: When you woke up this morning your dog started meowing and your cat barked! What happened in your house last night to make this happen?

Prompt 10: Close your eyes for a moment and think of the color pink. Now open your eyes and describe what it looks like to someone who has never seen it before.

Prompt 11: While swimming at the lake with your family, you discovered a sea monster. What does it look like? Give plenty of detail!

Prompt 12: When you got home from school yesterday, there was a talking rabbit sitting on your porch! What did he say to you?

Prompt 13: Would you like to be a bird? What would be fun about it? What would be scary about being a bird? 

Prompt 14: Just for today, elephants can sing. What type of songs do you think an elephant would sing?

Prompt 15: Lucky you! You are going on a trip to the moon. Think about three things you would take with you and why you chose those particular items.

Prompt 16: Would you rather be a butterfly or a rabbit? Why?

Prompt 17: You are lucky enough to get to the end of a rainbow. But there’s no pot of gold! What did you find there instead?

Prompt 18: This morning when you woke up you found two squirrels sitting on your bed having a conversation. How did they get there and what were they talking about?

Prompt 19: Would you rather be a frog or a pig? Why?

Prompt 20: Would you like it if dogs and cats came in more interesting colors, like red, green, purple, blue or pink? If you could have an animal an unusual color what color would you pick?

Prompt 21: Would you like to live in the jungle instead of the city? Why or why not?

Prompt 22: Your dog (or cat) has taken a drink of water from a magic bowl and can now talk to you. What do you think he’d say?

Prompt 23: You’re an animal in a cage headed for the zoo. What type of animal are you and how do you feel about living in the zoo?

Prompt 24: The new girl who just moved in next door loves to play with her stuffed animals and baby dolls. You prefer to ride your bike or go on nature hikes. Do you think you will end up being friends? Why or why not?

Prompt 25: Would you rather fly an airplane or drive a fire truck? Why?

Prompt 26: You get to pick what you want to eat for lunch today. Anything you want! The only catch is, you have to include in your lunch something yellow, something red, something green and something blue. What will you eat for lunch today?

Prompt 27: What are you most afraid of?  

Prompt 28: What makes you so happy you feel as if you will burst when you get to do it?

Prompt 29: Today you are a yellow crayon. Describe your day.

Prompt 30: There is an expression which states, A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. What do you think that means?

Prompt 31: If you could be a vegetable, what vegetable would you be? Why did you pick that particular vegetable?

Prompt 32: What job sounds like the most fun to you? A firefighter, a zoo keeper, a dance teacher or an astronaut? If you had to pick one of those jobs which would you pick?

Prompt 33: Describe the type of house you think we would need to live in if we were going to be living on the moon.

Prompt 34: Would you rather be a beautiful flower that smells terrible or a really ugly flower with a beautiful scent? Why did you pick the answer that you did?

Prompt 35: Would it hurt more if you fell on the grass or the sidewalk? Why?

Prompt 36: Can any living creature reach high enough to touch the sun?

Prompt 37: Do you wear your pants on your arms, your legs, or your head?

Prompt 38: What goes into your shoes first? Your heels or your toes?

Prompt 39: Cats purr when they are happy? What kind of sounds do people make when they are happy?

Prompt 40: Are your teeth soft and squishy or hard like a rock?

Prompt 41: Who was born first? Your mommy or you?

Prompt 42: Can you reach higher with your hands or your feet?

Prompt 43: What is the prettiest thing that you can think of?