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You want your kids to spark to writing, but how do you do that?  Enter these entertaining and fun writing games for kids!

9+ Creative Writing Games for Kids

I know what you’re thinking, “Games and writing?  Those words don’t go together!”  But any imaginative challenge that gets the pen moving can be a game.  The goal is always to inspire children to write—and even have fun in the process!

Writing Games for Kids

Design an Ad

Children love to persuade!  What better way than to have them write their own advertisement?  You can bring in sample products or let them come up with their own.  They can create their own cereal, or imagine their own sneaker with amazing properties.  

Story Generator

Roll your way to a story!  Create six characters and number them.  For example: 1. Chameleon 2. Firefighter 3. Magician, etc…. Then create six settings and number those: 1. Forest 2. Transylvania 3. Library, etc….  Give the child two dice.  Roll the first die to get a character and the second for a setting.  Now create!

Newspaper Article

Create your own newspaper that reports real or imagined events!  Your students can learn to write articles with the 5 Ws (who, what, when, where, and why) for Dragon University, Mermaid Academy, or for your real-life local school or community.  

Writing Games for Kids

Pass Around the Story

You need two or more people for this game.  Come up with a story starter, like “Ever since that day in the summer, I have been afraid of crickets.  Here’s what happened.”  Then one student composes the next sentence.  Then another student does the sentence following.  Keep passing around the story!

Comic Story Inspiration

Find a comic and black out the words.  This comic should be three to six pictures in length.  The student should write a story that explains the comic—who are the characters?  What did they think, feel, and say?  What was the problem?

Game Poetry

Give your students some Bananagrams and ask them to form words for two minutes.  When they are done, they must use those words in a poem (along with other words of their choosing).

Interview Story

This game take two or more people.  Have a list of questions ready:

  • Who is in this story?
  • Where does it take place?
  • When does it take place?
  • What problem do the characters face?
  • How does it end?

One person acts as the interviewer and asks the questions of the others.  You can write the answers down, and then at the end ask someone to tell the story.  

Writing Games for Kids

Story Unveiled

This game is like Pass Around the Story but with a twist (you need a group for this game).  Begin with a story starter.  The next student writes the second sentence of the story.  Now fold the paper so only the second sentence is visible.  The next person looks at the sentence he can see and writes a sentence to follow it.  Now fold the paper again so the first two sentences are covered and only the most recent sentence is visible.  The next person writes a sentence to follow it.  Repeat this process until the story is complete.  The result will be wild and fun!

Adjective Stretch

This game teaches students to use specific adjectives to create a strong mental picture for the reader.  Come up with a basic sentence like, “The donkey munched the hay.”  Now add adjectives that describe the donkey.  You can ask prompting questions like, “What color was he?” “How did his fur feel?” “What did he smell like?” “How was he feeling?”  The result will be a sentence with a string of vivid adjectives:  “The stinky, pudgy, cranky, furry gray donkey munched the hay.”

Story Cubes

Do not underestimate the power of Story Cubes.  Roll these cubes and create a story with the resulting pictures.  Story Cubes come in categories to capture every student’s interest.  From basic sets like action and mystery to trademarked sets like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Batman, Story Cubes should be in every writing teacher’s drawer.

Fun Writing Games

Writing doesn’t have to elicit groans.  Add some zest and laughter with these fun writing games for kids.  

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