Creative Writing Prompts for First Grade

Most first graders haven’t mastered writing as of yet, but that doesn’t stop their imaginations from soaring. These creative story starters for 1st grade kids will get them involved in the writing process. Even if they’ve never picked up a pencil they will love these prompts for stories!

→ Writing 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?

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

→ Writing 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? For example, what are you going to do today, now that no one can see you?

→ Writing 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? 

→ Writing 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?

→ Writing 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! As a result, were you excited or scared?

→ Writing 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.

→ Writing 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.

→ Writing 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?

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

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

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

→ Writing Prompt 13: Would you like to be a bird? What would be fun about it? On the other hand, what would be scary about being a bird? 

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

→ Writing 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.

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

→ Writing Prompt 17: You are lucky enough to get to the end of a rainbow. However, when you get there you discover that there is no pot of gold! What did you find there instead?

→ Writing 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?

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

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

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

→ Writing 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?

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→ Writing 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?

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

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

→ Writing Prompt 26: You get to pick what you want to eat for lunch today. Anything you want! However, there’s a catch! You must include something yellow, something red, something green and something blue in your lunch. What will you eat for lunch today?

→ Writing Prompt 27: What are you most afraid of?  

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

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

→ Writing 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?

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

→ Writing 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?

→ Writing 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.

→ Writing 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

→ Writing Prompt 44: What is your favorite breakfast?

→ Writing Prompt 45: Would you rather go swimming or sledding? Why?

→ Writing Prompt 46: Would is the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone?