Year 3 Creative Writing Ideas

You can use any sort of picture – a cartoon, a photo, a piece of classic artwork – to inspire children’s imagination.‘One of my favourite picture prompts is a photo of a smashed chocolate egg, surrounded by tiny model workmen,’ Julia says.‘Some children find it hard to get going with creative writing, and really benefit from having a more thought-provoking starting point.’Often, children are given a creative writing task based on a set title, such as: ‘Write a story about a dragon’.

That’s where creative writing prompts – any tool that is used to kickstart the writing process, such as a picture, an opening sentence or a piece of music – can come in useful.‘Creative writing prompts can be anything that gets children thinking outside the box,’ explains Julia Skinner, founder of the 100 Word Challenge writing programme and The Head’s Office blog.There are a number of different methods of setting a match ablaze and come up with story ideas.You can swipe it on the ground, against a rough surface, use your own nail, or even light it with another match that’s already burning.‘It really needs some input to draw out your child’s ideas.Set aside 20 minutes to discuss the story, starting with the prompt and asking questions to build on what your child suggests.’It’s important to make sure your child knows that there are no boundaries where creative writing is concerned.In fact, they just want to escape from their own life for a little bit but prefer to read something realistic, something they can relate to.Even though romance is an extremely popular genre doesn’t mean you can be lazy when it comes to the actual romance and creative writing prompts isn’t always enough to help you develop a full-blown romance.Giving them a starter such as, ‘How was the dragon going to tell his father what he had done?’ can prompt a huge and varied range of storylines, from adventure to comedy to tragedy.You can either leave the picture blank, or add a caption to encourage children along the right lines: for example, a speech bubble on a person saying, ‘Where am I going?’Sentences Another good prompt is to give children a sentence – typically the opening sentence of a story – to build their writing on.

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