Jodi Harvey Brown, Treasure Island

10 Writing Exercises for Kids (but teenagers and adults can do these, too)

  • What is your favorite thing to talk about? Why?
  • Write a poem about yourself. What are your favorite things? What are you afraid of? What would you change about the world?  If you want, write an “acrostic” poem using your name or any adjective or color you like, for example, if your name is “Nancy,” the first line of your poem would begin with an “N,” and the second with an “A,” etc. Or if you love the color “blue,” your poem about you could begin with a line that begins with a “B,” and a second line that begins with an “L,” etc.
  • Write about your idea of the best day you could have.
  • Write a letter to something you are afraid of and tell it what you think it should do or where you think it should go.
  • Make up a new game to play. Write about it and make your own rules for it.
  • Make up a new superhero. Write about him or her. Make sure to give details about their outfit.
  • Write about some funny problem that has to be solved by a character and what that character does to try to solve the problem!  For example: A woman comes upon a herd of cows blocking the road and she’s trying to hurry to get home, or, instead of raining water one afternoon the sky starts raining ice cream (this may not seem like a problem but it does make walking or riding a bike a little bit harder).
  • Write from the perspective of a flower.
  • Write from the perspective of a bird flying over a big city.
  • Write about your favorite hiding place.
  • Write a story about someone who has to escape something and how that person does escape.
  • If your favorite food could talk, what would it say?