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  • Create a mural with a message. Your mural can be a small design or a large design.

    For ideas on making a mural, see the tips in this Mural Guide.

    Describe the story that your mural is telling.





    SEE our "Weekly Lesson Plans" for Grades K-2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12.





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  • Imagine that you're a leaf, floating down from a tall tree in the Fall.

    Describe what it was like to be a leaf at the top of a tall tree all summer. Imagine what you could see, as a leaf at the top of that tree. Then describe what it's like to take a floating journey from that treetop in the Fall, to join all the other leaves on the ground.

    Write your story about being a leaf and illustrate your story, too.





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  • Write a story about a figurine caught inside a snow globe.

    Create your own snow globe. See the Snow Globe activity on our Today's Lesson page: Snow Globe activity!

    See how much you can learn about snowglobe history and events surrounding snow globes, too.





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  • Think of a hobby, or new skill or activity, you would like to learn.

    Where or how might you learn more about it?

    Describe the hobby or activity and why it would be special to you.





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  • Read a mystery, such as a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mystery.

    Write down the clues that help solve the mystery in the book.

    Create a mystery story of your own and include clues to help solve the mystery.





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  • Create a puppet show based upon a script you write.

    Design sock puppets, bag puppets, stick puppets, hand puppets, or other puppets to perform the puppet play you've written.

    For examples of puppet scripts, Click Here.





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  • "Writing is like a game of musical chairs," says one writer. "In the beginning ... there's a lot of moving things around."

    "Writing is like canoeing down a river," says another writer. "I know the destination ... the trick is how to get there."

    Describe what writing is like to you. Think about what it takes to create a story, organize and write it, and finish it. Thinking of this, now finish this phrase: "Writing is like...".





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  • Imagination Exploration! Let your imagination run wild! Create an amazing, one-of-a-kind story inspired by your wild imagination explorations!

    Write down your story while it's fresh in your mind.

    Send your wildly imaginative story to us, and we'll feature it on our website!





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  • Write a story about things in your home that are made from plants.

    Discuss different types of plants, such as trees, crops, herbs, flowers, and all the parts of a plant.

    Imagine what it would be like without plants. Describe all the benefits -- oxygen, food, and materials -- that plants provide.





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  • Imagine what you can create with LEGO bricks! A city, a farm, a brand new world!

    Build your brand new world today, or play the Build-a-LEGO City game online: Click Here.

    Write a story based upon the LEGO city or world you create!





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  • Write a story that begins: "The knock-knock-knocking began growing louder, and...."

    Think about the things that create a "knocking" sound: someone at the door, a woodpecker pecking on a dead tree, the loud ticking of a clock, a car with engine problems, horse's hooves hitting hard ground, something trying to get someone's attention. What else makes a knocking sound?

    Create a story about a strange knocking sound that grows louder. Describe how the mystery of the knocking sound is resolved in your story.





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  • Why is March a good kite-flying month? What causes the wind to blow?

    See the weather links on our Free Homeschool Activities page.

    Write a story about March weather, or kite-flying, or describe an experience you've had with strange weather in your area.






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  • Read your favorite Charles Dickens book.

    Talk about your favorite parts of the book and why you like them.

    Write a story inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens, and share it with your family and friends!






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  • Read one book a day for National Library Week.

    Describe what you liked best about each book you read this week.

    See our "Free Homeschool Activities" page for more on National Library Week: Click here.






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  • Write a story that begins with this sentence: "When I opened the lid to the trunk, the most amazing thing happened!"

    Visualize the trunk, opening the lid, and looking inside. What might you see, or what might happen when the lid is opened?

    Write your story, beginning with the first sentence. Be creative, use descriptive words, and make your story exciting! You can illustrate it, too!






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  • Write a story that includes a mouse, a giraffe, a hot air balloon, and colorful ribbons.

    Imagine what might happen when you put all four together in your story. Who are these characters? What are they doing together? Where are they going, and why?

    Create a very imaginative story about the mouse, giraffe, hot air balloon, and ribbons. Draw and color pictures for your story, too.





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  • What if the sun stopped shining during the day?

    Think about how dark it would be every day. How might it change our planet?

    Describe how your days would be different and how life would change.





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  • Write your own poem that begins: "The fog comes on little cat feet."

    Describe how the fog looks as it comes across the land or water.

    Read the rest of Carl Sandburg's poem "Fog". Compare how your poem might be similar or different: "The fog comes on little cat feet / It sits looking over harbor and city / on silent haunches / and then moves on."





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  • Think about the Wolf Moon -- the full moon we see in January.

    Why do you think it's called the Wolf Moon?

    Create a story called The Wolf Moon. Draw illustrations for your story, too.





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  • What if you could read others' thoughts? What would be good about "hearing" what others are thinking? What might be bad about it?

    Imagine going through each day, knowing what everyone else is thinking -- at home, at your friends' homes, in stores, at gathering places.

    Write a story, describing what it would be like to know what everyone else is thinking each day!






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  • Create a new game to play, such as a board game or video game.

    Describe how the game is played, the object of the game, and the rules for the game.

    Design an eye-catching package for the game or an advertisement about your game.





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  • Imagine that you are going hiking in the woods.

    What items would you take with you to keep you safe, comfortable, and on the right path?

    Write an exciting story about your hike in the woods and the adventures you might have there.





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  • Read about the accomplishments of Steve Jobs: Click Here.

    What do you think is his most important accomplishment?

    Write about the things that Steve Jobs accomplished in his short life. Then describe some of the things you would like to accomplish in your life.





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  • Tall tales are exaggerated stories.

    Discuss favorite tall tales and describe the exaggerated parts.

    Write a tall tale about yourself, with lots of exaggeration.





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  • Imagine that an important building in your town or community just won a special award. The building could be a skyscraper, a courthouse, a store, a barn, or other building.

    What might the building win a special award for? Its beauty? Its structure? How it helps your community, or some other special service it provides?

    Describe why a special building in your area deserves to win an award. Then draw a picture of it!





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  • Search for footprints outdoors in the mud, sand, or on sidewalks.

    Think about the type of footprints they might be, such as raccoon paw prints or cat paw prints. Maybe they're bear paw prints or human footprints.

    Write a mystery about the footprints, describing the type of animal who made the prints, where the critter was going, and other mysterious events about the creature and its mischievous activities.






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  • Imagine that an important building in your town or community just won a special award. The building could be a skyscraper, a courthouse, a store, a barn, or other building.

    What might the building win a special award for? Its beauty? Its structure? How it helps your community, or some other special service it provides?

    Describe why a special building in your area deserves to win an award. Then draw a picture of it!





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  • Read examples of "Giggle Poetry": Click Here.

    Create your own "Giggle Poetry" or fun, silly poems.

    Send your poems to us, and we'll feature them on our website!





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  • Read "Gwendolyn the Library Fairy" online: Click Here.

    Create your own story about the adventures of a fairy or gnome living in the library.

    Write and illustrate your story. Read it aloud to others or e-mail it to us, and we'll feature it on our website!





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  • Read the Science article about the "Little Lizards That Could" or read a book about lizards. Click here for the Lizards Article.

    How smart are the lizards in the article? What does "adaptive behaviors" mean?

    Write a story about a lizard, using your imagination to create a silly or serious story. Keep the story in your Science Journal.





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  • What does the word "September" mean?

    Research "September" by clicking here.

    Write a "September Story" or "September Poem", then send your story or poem to us. We will feature it on our website!





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  • Visit the Tulsa Zoo Galleries and view the different categories of animals (Click Here).

    See the fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, or large mammals such as lions, tigers, and bears.

    Create and write a story about one or more of the animals you see. Learn more about the animals, too.





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  • Think about this quote: "Nature offers us a thousand simple pleasures." What does this mean to you?

    Walk around your yard or nearby park with paper and pencil in-hand. Observe all the "simple pleasures" in Nature.

    Sketch and write about anything that catches your eye. Keep your writings and sketches in your Writing Journal. Add more to your Writing Journal all year long.




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  • See Alexander Calder's amazing sculptures: Click Here and Start the Tour, then click the arrows to see more sculptures.

    Read about Alexander Calder's creative life by Clicking Here. Read about what he created at the age of 11.

    Create a sculpture of your own. In your Writing Journal, describe how you created it and what inspired you to create your sculpture.





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  • Imagine how you would like your "dream room" to look.

    Draw pictures or sketches of your "dream room" or clip pictures from magazines. Include them in a "My Dream Room" scrapbook.

    Describe your "dream room" in detail in the "My Dream Room" journal.





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  • Look around outside and find all the things near you or near your house that are yellow.

    Make a list of all the yellow things that you see. Are some things bright yellow, pale yellow, lemon yellow, or yellow-green?

    Create a silly or imaginative story about all the yellow things you see. Then give your story a headline that uses the word "Yellow" more than once.






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  • Discuss opinion writing and editorials.

    Read some editorials or opinion essays in newspapers, magazines, or online news stories.

    Write a short editorial, describing your feelings and opinions on a topic that is important to you.






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  • Imagine that you've gone back in time to a certain period in history.

    What era would you select? What would life be like then? What challenges might you face?

    Write a story about the adventures you might experience during that period in history.





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  • Imagine that you've just met an amazing explorer from the past.

    What questions would you want to ask this explorer?

    Write a description about something or someplace that the explorer discovered.





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  • Write a story or poem about yourself.

    Describe your interests, your feelings, your strengths, or other special qualities that you have.

    Which do you like writing the best: poems or stories? Have fun writing more stories or poems that describe who you are or how you feel!





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  • Imagine that you are drifting across the world in a hot air balloon.

    What would you see below you? What countries and bodies of water would you pass over? What mountains and rivers would you see?

    Write a description of your flight in a hot air balloon. Then draw a map or pictures to illustrate your story.





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  • Think about what Easter means to you.

    Write a story about Easter. Or write about your favorite Easter memory. Include pictures or illustrations, too.

    Do some of the Easter activities, crafts, or games on our Free Activities page. Happy Easter!






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  • Write a "how-to" article about a favorite hobby or activity that you enjoy.

    Imagine how you would explain it to someone else.

    Describe the steps or materials that might be necessary. Organize your "how-to" article in a helpful manner, using words such as First, Second, Next, Then, and Finally. Include drawings or illustrations that help others see how to do one of your favorite activities or hobbies.






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  • Read the April diary entries of Amelia Knight, about traveling the Oregon Trail in 1853: Click here.

    Map Amelia's trip along the Oregon Trail: Click here.

    Keep a diary or journal about your adventures this month. Describe the weather daily, as Amelia did. Describe the things you see and the experiences you have, just as Amelia did each day.






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  • Think about one of your favorite persons in history -- an explorer, an inventor, a great man or woman who accomplished something wonderful.

    Write a "journal entry" by that person, from his or her perspective.

    Describe how he or she might have felt about their accomplishment, such as: "Today I crossed the wide Missouri;" or "Today I created a vaccination, which will save many lives;" or "Today I completed my first flight across the Atlantic Ocean." Write a description of how your favorite person in history must have felt on that momentous day.





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  • Create a recipe for Fun, or for Joy, or for Peace or Love.

    Write the recipe just like a food recipe. Create the list of ingredients that will go into making Fun or Joy, or Peace or Love. Include the mixing and cooking instructions for the recipe, too.

    Describe the special recipe you're creating, give it a special title, and share your recipe with others!





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  • Read the beginning of Black Beauty written by Anna Sewell: Click Here.

    Think about the first line of the book: "The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it." Draw a picture of Black Beauty standing by a pond in a meadow.

    Write a story of your own about a special horse you've known or would like to know! Draw a picture of this special horse, too. Send your horse story to us, and we'll feature it on our website!





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  • Read about earthquakes: Click Here.

    Try these earthquake puzzles and games: Click Here.

    Imagine an earthquake in your area. Then write a news story, complete with headline, about an earthquake near your town.





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  • What would it be like to live on a planet with 20 moons or more?

    Read about Uranus and its many moons: Click Here.

    If we had 20 moons or more, how might you rewrite "Goodnight, Moon" or "Hey, Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle," or the songs "Moondance" or "Moonshadow"?






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  • Create your own comic book!

    Design your own superhero or superheroine. Or use these ideas to create your superhero: Click here.

    Write an exciting comic book storyline featuring your superhero or superheroine!




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  • Write a story from your favorite toy's point of view, such as a doll, stuffed animal, action figure, or other favorite toy.

    Imagine that your favorite toy or stuffed animal has come to life. Describe what "your" day is like, and what "you" see, hear, and feel, from the toy's point of view.

    Create a play based upon the stories of your toys or stuffed animals. Describe how they all interact together when they "come to life" in a play!




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  • Create a time capsule that reveals how our life is today.

    What items would best represent life today? What items might be of special interest to people in the future?

    Describe what you'll include in your time capsule. Tell why you believe those items are important to your time capsule.




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  • Think about the saying: "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."

    What does this mean to you? What is March like in your area of the country?

    Write a creative, imaginative story about "March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb."




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  • What does this saying mean: "Don't judge a book by its cover"?

    Have you ever judged a book by its cover and found you were wrong about it? Does this saying apply to things over than books?

    Write a story called "Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover".




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  • Create a Spinning Blimp and become an Aircraft Designer! Click here.

    Experiment with this fun toy you've created and think about what's happening with each Spinning Blimp you try. This is how scientific discoveries are made!

    Write about your experiment with the Spinning Blimps and what happened with each one. Then write a fun, imaginative story about "The Day of the Spinning Blimps."




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  • Imagine that everything outdoors is buried under thick drifts of snow.

    Write a story about huge snowdrifts that block your doorway and streets. Imagine snowdrifts as tall as the trees and houses, covering everything in sight.

    Describe how you would get outside and get around on snow that covers trees and houses. Then draw a picture of what your day would be like.





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  • Create an imaginary world or fantasy land or island.

    Draw a map of what this world or land would look like, with its mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, etc.

    Write a story based in your imaginary world or fantasy land. Include interesting or unusual characters in your story. Send your story to us, and we'll feature it on our website!






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  • What if humans had feathers and wings? Or what if humans had scales and fins?

    How would our daily life be different if we had feathers and wings like birds, or scales and fins like fish?

    Which would you rather have? Feathers and wings like birds, or scales and fins like fish? Why? Describe what your life might be like with feathers and wings, or scales and fins!





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  • Read about author Jack London and the books he wrote: Click Here.

    Research his list of books published and choose one to read, such as Call of the Wild or White Fang.

    Write a story similar to one written by Jack London. How is your story similar to his? How does your story differ from his?





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  • Design a new toy!

    Think about the type of toy it will be and how you or others will play with it. Will the toy be for fun, or for make-believe, or will it be an educational toy?

    Describe the new toy you design. Draw illustrations of it, too!






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  • Find descriptive words (adjectives) in newspapers and magazines, then cut them out.

    Spread the descriptive words in front of you. Close your eyes and randomly select some of the words.

    Write a story, using the descriptive words you have chosen. Keep your cutout words in a container, and use them to create new stories each week.






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  • Create a "Family Newsletter" or "Friends Newsletter".

    Work together to interview family members and friends, and to create interesting articles and newsworthy information for family or friends.

    Write take photos, and illustrate your Newsletter, then distribute it to family or friends.





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  • Create a "Family Newsletter" or "Friends Newsletter".

    Work together to interview family members and friends, and to create interesting articles and newsworthy information for family or friends.

    Write take photos, and illustrate your Newsletter, then distribute it to family or friends.





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  • Which would you rather be -- a fruit or a vegetable?

    What fruit or vegetable would you like to be?

    Write a description of yourself as this fruit or vegetable. Describe why you'd like to be that fruit or vegetable. For fun, make a costume of your fruit or vegetable from a paper sack, and wear it today!






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  • Write a story that ends with: "Then the sun began to shine, and all was well."

    Create two different stories, using the ending above. Make one story mysterious. Make the other story funny.

    Illustrate your stories with drawings, and put them in your Writing Journal.





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  • Write a story or paragraph that begins: "Today I decided to learn something new, and this is how I did it...".

    Brainstorm ideas on new topics or activities that you would like to learn.

    Describe how you went about learning something new. Think about the steps you took to find information or ideas on the new topic. Describe why you like learning new things this way!





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  • Create these fun drawings along with artist Kevin Collier. Draw a duck, whale, hippo, monkey, or animated cartoon. Click Artist Workshop to begin.

    Write a story about one of the drawings you complete. Imagine what your character or critter might be doing. Give him an adventure or some mischief to get into.

    Visit the Artist Workshop often to draw new characters and to write new stories for them.






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  • Visit the Forests of Madagascar here: Madagascar Forests.

    Click on the picture to explore the eco-regions and the interactive map.

    Select an area, then write a story about the animal that appears before you.






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  • Each day, choose a state to learn more about. Choose states from this site: Click here.

    Read about the state's Early Inhabitants, Famous People, Sights to See, Geography, Quick Facts, and more.

    Write a paragraph on what you like about each state you read about. Draw colorful illustrations of places in each state, too. Keep your writings and illustrations in a journal.





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  • Create a play or film, short or long, to write, direct, and act in.

    Write the script for your play or film (see Classics Onstage for ideas).

    Act out your play or film, along with friends and family.





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  • Imagine that "you are what you eat!"

    What would you be?

    Write a short story about the day you turned into "the thing that you eat the most!"





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  • Read the poem, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein: Click Here.

    Discuss what the poem means to your child. Take a walk together and recite parts of the poem as you walk on the sidewalk.

    Write a new poem about a sidewalk, inspired by Shel Silverstein's poem. Or help your young child write a poem as he or she draws pictures inspired by "Where the Sidewalk Ends."





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  • Choose a favorite character from a favorite book or story.

    Create a new story, setting, and plot for that character.

    Write the new story as a humorous story, mystery, or adventure story. Then read it aloud to others. See if they recognize the character from your favorite book.





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  • Think about the upcoming homeschool year.

    What do you want to learn about this year? What are your favorite hobbies? What new hobbies or interests do you want to explore this year?

    Write about your favorite hobbies and interests. Describe why you like them and how you spend your time on them. Then make a list of all the new hobbies or interests you'd like to explore in the coming weeks and months!






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  • Cook up a creative writing recipe.

    Construct chef's hats and decorate them as desired. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add pieces of paper with story ideas, and stir.

    Spoon story ideas onto a serving plate. Choose one and write a fun, imaginative story.






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  • Read a short story or chapter from a favorite book today.

    Think about the most important events that occur in the story or chapter you read.

    Write several eye-catching headlines that describe the events occurring in the story. Then decide which headline best describes the story.




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  • Try the Lemonade Stand activities on our Free Homeschool Activities page: Click Here.

    Imagine a story that takes place around a Lemonade Stand.

    Write your Lemonade Stand story and give it a title. Draw pictures for it, too!




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  • Create a shoebox diorama, then write a story about the scene you create!

    See how to make a diorama by Clicking Here. Or use your own imagination for your diorama.

    Imagine the story that takes place inside your diorama, then write your diorama story!




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  • Create a puzzle or game for friends or family members to solve.

    Write a description of your puzzle, how you created it, and some possible ways to solve your puzzle.

    Explain the correct answer to solving your puzzle and share it with your friends. (See "Solving the Rubik's Cube" by Clicking Here.)






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  • Create a story based upon "the end."

    Imagine a story that ends with the following line: "As they crawled from the water-soaked cave, streaked with mud, they saw their family waiting to welcome them home."

    Write your story with that last line as its conclusion. Develop your beginning, middle, and end based around two main characters of your choice.






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  • See the Google designs by children in Doodle 4 Google. View the designs by grade level: Click here.

    Read what each child wrote about their design, too.

    Create your own "Google Doodle." Then describe what your design means to you.






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  • What if you had fingers on your feet, instead of toes?

    How would you use your feet? Would it make your life easier or harder to have fingers on your feet? How would you design shoes and socks for feet with fingers?

    Describe the pros and cons of having fingers on your feet. Draw sketches of your new design for shoes and socks, too.





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  • See pictures of Author Bruce Coville, who was born this week in 1950: Click Here.

    What books did he write, besides The Shakespeare Retellings and The Alien Series? Click Here.

    Write a story similar to one of Bruce's stories, then e-mail it to us. We'll feature it on our website!




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  • Imagine that you can hear everyone's thoughts; but they don't know you can hear them.

    Write a story with you as the main character.

    Describe what happens when you can hear others' thoughts. Your story can be funny or serious, or an adventure story or a mystery.




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  • Paint or draw a picture of something you see right now.

    Then use the thing that you've painted, or drawn, in a story of your own creation.

    Make your story exciting! Be sure to describe the thing you've painted, or drawn, in your story.




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  • Create a sculpture from clay or other medium.

    Display your sculpture in your home and take photographs of it.

    Write a description of your sculpture, what it is, what it means to you, and how you created it.


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    All Material © 2005 - 2015, Sherri Linsenbach




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  • Imagine that you meet someone who looks exactly like you.

    What would be your reaction to seeing each other and realizing you both look exactly the same?

    Write a short story about meeting your identical twin. What might happen with two of you living in the same neighborhood?




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  • Read some of Shakespeare's plays or fun plays and skits for kids: Shakespeare's Plays or read Kids' Plays.

    Create and write a play of your own.

    Act out your play with help from family and friends. Make the props for your play, too.




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  • Imagine that you could explore any region in the world -- mountains, oceans, deserts, the north or south poles, or anywhere else.

    Read and learn about the special area you'd like to explore.

    Create a story that takes place in that area. Write about the adventures of your story characters in the area you'd like to explore.




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  • Write a story that begins: "The tiny mouse slid around the corner and ran smack into a cat...".

    Imagine what might happen next. Is the mouse scared or brave? Is the cat surprised or happy? Do they become best friends and have adventures together? Or do they chase each other around and around?

    Describe what happens when Mouse meets Cat. Draw pictures for your story, too.




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  • Enjoy National Library Week by visiting your local library and choosing wonderful books to read.

    Create fun book reports, as described in Week 19 of our Weekly Homeschool Lessons.

    Write and send one of your book reports to us. We'll feature it on our website!




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  • Think of new things you'd like to learn about. Start a list and add to your list when you think of things you'd like to learn about.

    Choose something from your list, each day, to learn about. Find ways to learn about those things: Use books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, the library, the Internet, etc.

    Write about and discuss what you've learned. Keep a "Learning Journal" full of new things you've learned. Draw sketches of what you've learned in your "Learning Journal," too!




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  • Visit zoos worldwide, virtually, by Clicking Here.

    Read about the animals, their sanctuaries, and wildlife parks.

    Write and create a booklet containing information on the animals you learn about. Include pictures or drawings, and share your book with others.





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  • Read several of these fun riddles: Click Here.

    Think about and discuss possible answers before clicking on the answer.

    Create and write several of your own riddles!




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  • Write an interesting, descriptive paragraph about a person, place, or thing.

    Think about the "who, what, when, where, why, and how" of your topic.

    Make your paragraph interesting and colorful by using descriptive adjectives and adverbs. See if others can draw a picture of what you've described, simply by reading your descriptive paragraph!




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  • Learn to draw animals, angels, dragons, and funny characters: Click Here.

    Think of the amazing adventures your newly drawn character or animal might have.

    Write a story about the adventures of your newly created animal or character!




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  • Read messages from authors of kids' books in the Kids Author Buzz: Click Here for KidsBuzz books.

    Meet the author by clicking on the author's name, below each book. (Books are for Ages 4 to 9, ages 10 and up, and ages 12 and up.)

    Write a fun book report about one of the books featured on the KidsBuzz Author page.




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  • Learn something new through the Internet today. What new topic could you learn online? Where can you find online information about the topic, or topics, that interest you?

    New technologies have brought change to how we learn. The Internet is the "learning field" of today and tomorrow.

    How do you use the Internet to promote your learning? Through educational games, virtual tours, online reading and research? Write a description of something new you've learned via the Internet!




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  • Create a comic strip or funny cartoon about the weather in your area.

    Write a storyline or punchline for your cartoon.

    Draw and illustrate the characters and the humorous situation in your cartoon.




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  • Story Prompt: He said, "I never, in all my life, saw such a sight...."

    Write an exciting short story starting with the line above and focusing on two characters.

    Develop your story by describing the main and secondary characters, the conflict in your story, and the resolution for your story.




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  • Create a piece of artwork similar to this one by a young artist: Click here.

    Observe the lines, the colors, and the light and shadows in this picture. Who, or what, might live in the mountains, forest, or lake in this picture?

    Write a story inspired by this piece of artwork. View more Kids' Gallery Artwork -- Click here -- and write a variety of stories inspired by the pieces of art!




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  • What is the most amazing or exceptional thing you did last week?

    Think about the most amazing or exceptional thing that you'll do this upcoming week.

    Write about both -- last week's "exceptional event" and your "exceptional goal" for this coming week. Sketch or paint an illustration of each.




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  • Create a character who lives in the mid-1800s. Begin your story with: "He (or she) stepped down from the carriage and ...".

    Develop your character more by thinking about the type of person he or she is, what the character is planning to do, the time period that the character lives in, etc.

    Write a short story based on this new character you just developed. Research the area where your character lives, the history surrounding that area in the mid-1800s, and the clothing styles and scenery of that time period. Then write and illustrate your story.




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  • Create a new form of power, such as an air battery, wooden generator, or other power-producing device you could construct.

    Think about and discuss the many benefits and uses for alternative forms of power that would not require power plants.

    Describe how you would create your power project, take photos, and write a story about this new alternative form of power.





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  • Write a mystery story!

    Get tips on how to write a mystery here: Mystery Basics.

    Think through your story and clues, then write your story. Send it to us and we'll include it on our Web site!




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  • Make your own "Mad Libs" by printing a variety of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs on individual slips of paper.

    Place the nouns in one pile, the verbs in another, adjectives in another stack, and adverbs in another. Then turn them over, with the writing side down.

    Create sentences with missing nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, similar to "Mad Libs." Now draw a selection from your slips of paper. Use the words you've drawn to create new and funny sentences. Write a story based on one of the sentences you've created.




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  • Write a story that begins: "The noise above us grew louder...."

    What type of noise is it? Where is the noise? Upstairs? In the attic or on the roof? In a tree or in the sky? How loud does the noise become?

    Describe what happens as the noise grows louder. Draw pictures for your story and give it a title.




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  • Gather photos of you and your family.

    Arrange your photos on a display board or in a scrapbook or photo album.

    Write descriptive captions for the photos. Use the captions to tell a story about what is happening in the photos. The stories you create can be true stories (nonfiction) or imaginative, invented stories (fiction). Have fun!




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  • Create a story that uses these 3 phrases: 1) wind howled, 2) door rattled, and 3) trees shook.

    Write the story as a mystery. Then, using the same 3 phrases, write the story as a funny story.

    Describe which version of the story you like the best: the serious mystery or the funny, humorous story.




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  • Build, and draw, the "perfect person." Use animals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, plants, or minerals for your creation.

    Add arms, legs, wings, fins, tails, tree limbs, boulders, whatever you want, to create your person.

    Write a paragraph describing your creation and why he or she is a "perfect person." Remember to draw a picture of him or her.




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  • Imagine there's no gravity on earth and nothing to keep your feet on the ground.

    What would happen if you floated up into the air, on and on, higher and higher into the sky?

    Write about a world with no gravity. What would happen? What would life be like in such a world?




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  • Have a storytelling hour each day.

    Create the beginning of a story, then have others add to it. See how funny, or scary, or dramatic the story becomes.

    Write down the stories you create, and keep them in a journal.





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  • How many different ways are there to measure time? Click Here for some ideas.

    Devise a new way of measuring time. Create your device for measuring, tracking, or telling time.

    Write a description of your new time-measuring device, how you created it, and how it works.





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  • Write a play or drama based on something that happened to you recently.

    Create props to enhance your play.

    Perform your play for family or friends on a stage that you create. Also, see these tips on children performing Shakespeare: Click here.






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  • Select any Disney character from the Disney Archives site: Click here.

    Read about the characters you've selected, such as Alice in Wonderland, Donald Duck, Dumbo, Hercules, Ichabod Crane, Robin Hood, Simba the Lion Cub, Snow White, Woody from Toy Story, or many other Disney characters.

    Write a story of your own creation, using your favorite characters. Bring your characters to life through drawings or animation, too!






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  • Explore the moon and learn about craters and mountains on the moon: Click here.

    Watch this fun video and see how to make your own moon craters! Click here.

    Write 3 paragraphs about the moon, craters on the moon, and how to make a moon crater!






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  • Write a story that begins: "When I stepped outside, the wind sent a bright red leaf swirling past me. I followed that leaf and...".

    Describe what happened next. Use your imagination. Imagine that the leaf floated on and on, driven by the wind.

    Where might the leaf take you as you followed it? What happened as you followed along behind the leaf? Have fun writing your imaginative story!


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  • Imagine that you could make any object in the world small enough to fit into your pocket.

    What would happen when you put it into your pocket? Why would you want it small enough to carry in your pocket?

    Write a story about the large object that now fits into your pocket, and why you like to carry it with you.





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  • What if your computer developed a personality of its own and began communicating with you?

    How might it communicate? How might it act? What type of personality might it have?

    Write a story about your computer "coming to life" and the events that unfold!






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  • Read the popular poem, "Casey at the Bat," which was published over 120 years ago.

    Feel the rhythm and cadence of the poem as you read: Click here.

    Write your own poem, in a similar rhythm, about your favorite sport, activity, or hobby.






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  • Read about Galileo's telescope and other devices he invented: Click here.

    Think about a device you would like to invent or create. How would you design or create it? What would you need to help you construct your device?

    Describe how you would design or create your device in your Science Journal. Include sketches of your concept, plus pictures of the final product.





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  • Imagine that you took a ride on a roller coaster that turned into a "time travel machine."

    Describe what happens as you hurtle into another time period or era.

    Write a story about your time travel experience.





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  • Read about the history of ice cream: Click here.

    Make ice cream according to the "How to Make" recipe: Click here.

    Write about what you learned and how you made your ice cream. Take a picture of your homemade ice cream, too!


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Write a story that begins: "This year, I'm going to ...".

    Think about something that you'd really like to do, or accomplish, this year.

    Create a story based on the thing you'd most like to do or accomplish!





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  • Imagine the best "learning space" in the world. What would it be like?

    Think about your favorite places for learning new things. Is your favorite learning space a library, or a hike through the woods, or videos on the computer, or educational games on TV, or reading books on the porch?

    Describe your favorite learning space, or the most ideal learning space you can imagine!





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  • Select and view a favorite cloud type: Click here. Or gaze at the clouds floating above you.

    Dream about floating or riding along with the clouds. Imagine where they might take you.

    Write a story entitled "The Cloud That Could", featuring your favorite cloud type.





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  • Imagine that you could turn a circle into a square, using the same area.

    How would you go about it? See Squaring a Circle Here.

    Describe your experiments with "squaring the circle." Write about the various ways you tried to turn a circle into a square, and what you learned.





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  • Author Gary Paulsen has written several fascinating adventure books, such as Hatchet, Dogsong, and Brian’s Winter.

    Imagine that your plane went down in the wilderness (like Brian’s in Hatchet), and now you must survive on your own.

    Write a story about the adventures you might have in the wilderness, and how you would survive by yourself.






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  • Create a poster about a favorite animal and its natural habitat.

    Draw or paste pictures or photos on your poster, along with pictures of the animal's habitat.

    Write about your animal, describe its habitat, and include a poem about the animal on your poster.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • See several examples of postcards: Click here.

    Draw or illustrate a postcard about your area or your favorite place.

    Write one or two sentences on your postcard, describing your area for others. Send your postcard to a friend.




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  • Write a story that begins: "The door flew open, and there stood...".

    Who is standing at the door? Why are you surprised to see that person? Are you glad to see him or her? Why is this person standing at your door?

    Create a story based on someone suddenly appearing at your door. Sketch a picture of that person, and keep the picture with your story.





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  • Enjoy these Book and Literature ideas in your Homeschool:

    Write Better Book Reports, Create Tales with a Twist, Judge a Book by Its Cover, Compose Biography Poems, and more!

    Visit your local library this week, too, and thank your hard-working librarians!





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  • Write a story that begins: "The bird trembled in their hands...".

    Why would a bird tremble in someone's hands? Who would be holding a bird? And what might happen next?

    Imagine what happens, write your story, and give it a title.





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  • Create and design a special or unique house.

    How would it be different from your home? How might it be similar? What makes your house design unique or special?

    Describe your house and draw a picture of it. You can also draw the floor plan of all the rooms.





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  • Plan a voyage to another land.

    Map out your route and the lands you would visit.

    Write a story about your voyage to new lands and the adventures you might have on the high seas.





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  • Write a short story called "The Backwards Day."

    Everything that happens is backwards on this day.

    Describe the events of "The Backwards Day" - how things occur throughout the day, what people do on the Backwards Day, and how confusing, silly, or funny it is for everyone!






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  • Imagine that you have been selected to illustrate a children's book.

    Draw, sketch, or paint the pictures, in your own style, for a favorite children's book.

    Write the captions for your drawings and illustrations, describing what is happening in each picture.





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  • Read about Dr. Seuss, enjoy the Playground, and click the reading games and activities: Click here.

    Choose one of your favorite Dr. Seuss books and read it aloud.

    Write your own Dr. Seuss-style story and have fun with it!





    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Draw a self-portrait by looking at a photo of yourself or by looking into a mirror.

    Think about your self-portrait and jot down all the words that describe you.

    Write a "Self-Portrait Poem" -- rhyming or non-rhyming -- that describes you and your self-portrait. E-mail your poem to us, and we'll feature it on our website!





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  • Read about Alexander Graham Bell: Click here. Then discuss how phones and technology have changed over the years.

    Make a tin-can phone, as described on our Hands-On Activities page: Click here.

    Write about Alexander Graham Bell and about the tin-can phone you created.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Experiment with these Ben Franklin Science Experiments by clicking: Ben Franklin Fun.

    What did you learn from the experiments? What surprised you?

    Describe your experiments on our Scientific Method Worksheets: Click Here. Or, write about your experiments in your Science Journal.





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  • Read poems about raindrops, icicles, snowflakes, and more: Click here.

    Research and learn how each is formed and what they are made of.

    Write your own poems about rain, icicles, or snow. E-mail your poems to us, and we'll feature them on our website!





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  • Create and publish a newspaper of your own.

    What stories and news articles would you feature in your newspaper? Look through your local newspaper, and become familiar with the different sections.

    Write your news stories, opinions and editorial pieces, lifestyle stories, sports reports, comic strips, and more.





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  • Imagine that it's a "marshmallow world." What if everything around you were made of marshmallows?

    What would it be like to walk on marshmallows, sit on marshmallows, and ride on marshmallow cars?

    Write a story about living in a "marshmallow world." Make some marshmallow snowmen, too! Click here!


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Create your own crossword puzzles. See one way to create a crossword puzzle by clicking here.

    Try another way of creating crossword puzzles: Click here.

    Write a step-by-step description of how you created your crossword puzzle.





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  • Write a story that begins: "I'm a detective. I never expected to be a detective. But when Joe disappeared, they all looked at me and said, 'What happened to Joe? Find out and let us know!'"

    Who is Joe? Who wants you to find Joe? Why were you chosen to be the detective? How will you solve the mysterious disappearance of Joe?

    Create an exciting story about the disappearance of Joe. Describe how you use your new detective skills in solving the mystery.





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  • Read about the beginning of the Paddington Bear stories and see how it all started: Click Paddington Bear.

    Think about a stuffed animal, doll, or action figure that you have, and create a story about it.

    Write your story. Then draw pictures to illustrate it, similar to the artwork you see on the Paddington Bear site.





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  • Write a story that begins: "My bicycle hit a bump and next thing I knew, I was flying through...".

    Imagine where you might fly, after hitting the bump on your bicycle. Be as imaginative and creative as you'd like!

    Describe what happens after hitting the bump. Draw pictures to illustrate your story, too. E-mail your story to us, and we'll feature it on our website!


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
    All Material © 2005 - 2015, Sherri Linsenbach




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  • What if time ran backwards? What would your days be like? What would your weeks and months be like, if time went backwards?

    How would it change things, with time running backwards? What would it be like to grow younger, rather than older?

    Write a story about time running backwards. Describe how it would affect the characters in your story.





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  • Read about life on the rails, as noted on our Home page, under Daily Homeschool Activities.

    Imagine living life as one of the "Boxcar Children" or as a hobo. Where might you go and what adventures might you have?

    Write an exciting story about your adventures living life as a "boxcar child" or as a "hobo." E-mail your story to us, and we'll feature it on our website!





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  • If you could change something by waving a magic wand, what would it be?

    Why would you want to change it?

    Write a story about waving your magic wand and changing something in someone's life.





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  • Create a play and perform it!

    Read books such as Kids Take the Stage and On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids, for helpful tips.

    Write your own play. Then invite friends and families to enjoy the special performance!


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Explore your yard, neighborhood yards, or local parks as you "focus on flowers."

    See how many flowers you can find and name. Use a Field Guide to Flowers for your region, or a Nursery catalog, to help you identify flowers.

    Describe all the flowers you find, name them if possible, and draw illustrations of them. Write about your favorite part of finding and identifying flowers.





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  • If you could get into a car and go anywhere you'd like today, where would you go?

    Write about the places you'd go, the people you'd see, and the things you'd do.

    Illustrate your adventures with pictures, sketches, drawings, or paintings.





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  • How could you prevent forest fires?

    Think about the destruction and sadness caused by fires.

    Describe how you could prevent forest fires, help other people prevent fires, and keep animals, people, and nature safe from forest fires.



    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Write a story or fairy tale, based on the "Elements of a Story" (as noted in our "Fun Learning Activity" in our Weekly Lessons for "Interactive Learning": Click here).

    Describe the setting and portray the characters, sequence, conflict, etc., as described in the "Elements of a Story."

    Illustrate your story upon completion, too!






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  • Write a newspaper article about something that happens in your town or community.

    The event can be a true event, or it can be an imaginative event.

    Create a catchy headline for your newspaper article, too.



    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that you stepped outside today and saw that your yard had turned into an amusement park, and every ride was free.

    What would you do first? What would you do next?

    Describe what your entire day would be like, with an amusement park in your yard.




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  • Create a code using the alphabet and numbers. For instance, A=1, B=2, or whatever method you choose.

    Now write some sentences or a paragraph using your code.

    See if others can break your code.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Read a special book this week.

    Write something you learned from that book, as we mention under "Book Learning" on our Message Board page.

    Share your new knowledge by posting it on our Message Board, under "Book Learning: What I've Learned." Click Here.






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  • Imagine that you've gone back in time to a certain period in history.

    What era would you select? What would life be like then? What challenges might you face?

    Write a story about the adventures you might experience during that period in history.





    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that it's a rainy day. But instead of raining moisture, it is raining something else.

    What might be falling from the sky, in place of the rain? Might it be raining cats and dogs? Birds? Giants? Rocks or flowers?

    Write an imaginative story about the day it rained something very unusual, and what happened as a result!





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  • If the wind could talk, what might it say?

    What creates the wind? Where does the wind come from, and where does it go? What might the wind see and do on its journeys?

    Write a story that starts with: "If the wind could talk...". Then describe what its adventures might be like.





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  • Imagine that you could fly faster than a plane, or were strong enough to lift a train, or able to leap tall buildings.

    What would be the first thing you would do? How could you help others with your super-hero powers?

    Describe what you would do in a paragraph or essay.





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  • Read a poem or two by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, such as "Hiawatha's Childhood" and "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere": Click Here.

    Discuss the poems, the patterns, the rhythms, the meanings.

    Write poems today that describe someone special or a special event. Read your poems aloud several times, and see if it inspires you to write more poetry this week!


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Create a character by writing: "He (or she) had freckles and wore a floppy straw hat."

    Develop your character more by thinking about the type of person he or she is, what the character likes to do, how he or she walks and talks and grins, etc.

    Write a short story based on this new character you just developed. What type of situations does your character get into? Could you write a series of different stories with this character as the main character?





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  • Create a headline about a current news story in today's newspaper or on an Internet news site.

    Read the article, then compose a new, descriptive headline for it.

    Rewrite the news story from your own angle or perspective.





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  • Imagine that a nearby tree began talking and walking.

    Imagine that it asked you to show it around town or your neighborhood.

    Describe what might happen during your adventures with your walking, talking tree.






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  • Imagine that you had to teach your parents this week.

    How might you teach them science experiments, math activities, history, geography, literature, or writing skills?

    Write a story about the week when YOU were the teacher and you taught your parents!





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  • What if you could go anywhere you’d like, with the snap of your finger?

    Snap your fingers! Where would you be?

    Write or describe where you would be and why you would like it. Draw or paint of picture of it.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Story Mapping Fun: Try the Story Mapping Activity described in our Week 19 Lessons, under Language Arts: Click Here.

    Create Characters, Setting, Conflict, and Resolution Maps with the easy, interactive Graphic Organizers.

    Write the story you have "mapped out," then try it again and again for more writing fun and fresh, new stories!





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  • Write a book review of a favorite book you read recently.

    Read several descriptive book reviews, as described in Lesson 18 of our Weekly Lessons under "Language Arts": Click Here.

    Start a Book Review Journal! Each time you read a book, write a brief review on it. Keep your book reviews in your "Book Review Journal." At the end of the year, see how many great book reviews you've written!






    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Try to decipher the code in the math problems and complete the ecology word search puzzle: Click here, then print the PDF file.

    Create several of your own word search puzzles and codes to decipher.

    Share your creations with friends and family to see how well they can solve the puzzles!





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  • What if you could reverse the order of everything that happened today?

    How would your day be different? What would you do first, rather than last? Would you say "Good-night" first and "Good morning" last? Would you brush your teeth before you eat? Would you put the leash on your dog after you took him for a walk? What would happen if you did?

    Write a story describing how silly your day would be if you did everything in reverse order!





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  • Experiment with the "Strange Matter" mixture on our Hands-On Activities page: Click here.

    Describe your experiment and your findings after working with the mixture.

    Create a story about stumbling across a pond made of this strange matter. Describe what might happen if a person or animal were trying to swim across such a strange mixture!





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  • Imagine that you are a pirate, and you've landed upon a deserted island.

    Finding a treasure chest hidden behind some rocks, you open it and are surprised by what it contains!

    Write a story about finding the treasure chest, and describe what you do with the contents inside the treasure chest.





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  • Create a board game called "Racing Across America."

    Map game routes across the U.S. by printing out a map similar to this: Click here. Create game pieces in the shape of cars, trains, buses.

    Write a description of your cross-country board game. Explain how the game is played and how players would win the game.





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  • Imagine life as a pioneer (Click here) in a frontier town (Click here).

    Create a story about a pioneer family living in a frontier town.

    Describe what your daily life would be like there and the adventures you might have. Create some of the structures you would see in a frontier town: Click here.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Create a self-portrait or a piece of artwork in the Pablo Picasso style, called cubism. See examples: Click here.

    Discuss Picasso's style, what you like about cubism or don't like, and how it makes you feel.

    Write a description of the artwork you created, why you chose it, and why you enjoyed creating it.





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  • Discover wildlife and their habitats in Woodlands, Grasslands, Rainforests, Mountains, or Polar Regions: Click here.

    Create a story about some of the animals featured in those habitats.

    Write your story, using descriptions of the different habitats. Imagine and describe the exciting adventures that might occur in those habitats!





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  • Write a poem about a favorite type of bird.

    Read poems about birds by other poets: Click here. Read the poems aloud to each other.

    Create a Journal of Poetry that describes the flora and fauna around your home.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Create a puppet show by making a variety of puppets of your choice. Click here for directions.

    Write a play or script for your puppet show. Read Literary Ideas and Scripts for Young Playwrights, by Lisa Kaniut Cobb, on creating stories and scripts.

    Perform your puppet shows based upon your creative scripts. Have fun!





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  • Imagine that something made you start laughing uncontrollably. And the more you thought about the funny thing, the harder you laughed!

    Write a story about the thing that made you laugh and laugh.

    Describe how you told someone about the hilarious thing, and they began laughing uncontrollably. Describe how everyone in your neighborhood was soon rolling on the floor with laughter!


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Create a new tool or gadget from items you have around the house.

    Draw a sketch of how the new gadget will look, and take a photo of the finished product.

    Write a description of your new tool or gadget, telling how you created it and how it can be used. Put the description and picture of your creation in your portfolio. Research various inventors and how they came up with their inventions.





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  • Write a story that begins: "He (or she) stepped into a book...".

    Imagine the adventures that could occur when one "steps inside a story".

    Describe the characters in the story, the setting and scenery, and the adventures that take place in the story!





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  • Imagine that a huge hot air balloon landed next door: See Balloons Here.

    Create a story about the balloon: where it came from, who or what might be in it, where it is going, why it landed near you, and what happens next.

    Write your story and share it with others. Draw a colorful picture of the hot air balloon. Learn more on how hot air balloons take off, fly, and land.





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  • Read about the journeys, nests, and habitats of hummingbirds: Click Here.

    Create a model of a hummingbird nest, using materials around you.

    Write about what you learned, and describe the hummingbird nest you created.





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  • Try making the Windsock on our "Hands-On Projects" page: Click Here.

    Observe your Windsock in action. Think of all the ways it moves, flutters, dances, and whirls in the wind!

    Create a poem about the way your Windsock moves in the breeze, then share your poem with others.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Remember something special you did when you were younger.

    What was it, and why was it special to you?

    Write about the special event and how it made you feel. Would you like to do it again? Why?





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  • Write a story that begins: "If I were a bird...".

    Think about where you might fly, the places you might see, the things you might do, if you were a bird.

    Describe your adventures in a story called "If I Were a Bird".





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  • Visit this Virtual Zoo each day to learn about many different animals: Click Here.

    Listen to the roars of the bears, the songs of the dolphins, the squeals of the monkeys, and more. Find interesting facts about the zoo animals and learn about their habitats, too.

    Write about your favorite animals and keep your writings in a "Zoo Animals Journal".





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  • Use a globe or map to find a place somewhere in the world that you would like to visit.

    Research the place you'd like to visit. Create a travel route to that place.

    Describe what your trip would be like, the places you would pass through, and the things you might see during your great adventure.






    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Color or draw this peregrine falcon: Click here (PDF file).

    Read about peregrine falcons (Click here) and try the Games and Experiments on that page.

    Describe what you've learned about peregrine falcons, from reading about them and doing the games.





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  • Write a story that begins: "When the ice storm hit...."

    Think about what might happen when ice covers everything around you.

    Write a story about an ice storm hitting your neighborhood.





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  • Write a story that begins: "When the ice melted...."

    Think about the possible results when ice melts and its effect on the land, environment, or surroundings.

    Create a serious -- or silly -- story about what might happen when large amounts of ice melts all at one time.



    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Make a story quilt. (See Examples and Directions of some story quilts: Click here.)

    Use construction paper to resemble a quilt, or use cloth to make a real quilt.

    Illustrate the story on each quilt block and write descriptions, too.





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  • YOU are the main character in a popular story or favorite book!

    Read the story or book, and imagine yourself as the main character.

    Rewrite the story and replace the main character with yourself. How might the story turn out differently, when YOU are the main character?





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  • Write a story called "The Wigglety World".

    Imagine what a "Wigglety" might look like. Could it be an animal, a critter, a creature of sorts? Could it be a whole other planet? If so, what might life look like on Wigglety World?

    Think about your Wigglety creatures or imagine your World of Wigglety. Then write your story and draw pictures illustrating "The Wigglety World", too!





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  • Imagine that you and some friends made a huge ice sculpture. (See some ice sculptures: Click here.)

    Draw a picture of what your ice sculpture would look like. Now, imagine that your ice sculpture took on a life of its own.

    Write a story about your ice sculpture coming to life! Include illustrations, too.





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  • Opinions are your feelings or your own thoughts and ideas about a topic.

    Write your opinion on something that is important to you.

    Design and create a bumper sticker or T-shirt that conveys your opinion.



    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that you discover a long, winding trail in a forest near your home.

    Think about wandering along that trail. What might you see? What might you find?

    Write a short story about your adventures along this trail in the forest.





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  • Read about the history and benefits of storytelling: Click here.

    Share a family story and encourage others to share their own family stories.

    Write your family stories and keep them in your Writing Journal or in a special journal for family stories.




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  • Imagine a story that begins: "The steps went up and up, spiraling out of sight. I followed them until...".

    Continue the story, using your imagination to describe what happens next.

    Write the story in a fun and exciting way! Draw a picture of the steps spiraling up, up, up.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Read a few newspaper stories in your newspaper today. Or, read news stories on Kids News Room: Click here.

    Select a news story and rewrite it in a way that makes it even more interesting or exciting.

    Create a new headline for your news story, too.




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  • Experiment with Super Sparkers -- tiny examples of lightning: Click here.

    What do lightning and static electricity have in common?

    Write about your experiment. Describe your Super Sparkers and what made them work. What causes lightning?




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  • Write a story about a mouse and a lion.

    Think about the adventures that a mouse and lion might have together, or the predicaments they might find themselves in.

    Create a funny or exciting story about the two characters. Draw illustrations for your story, too.




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  • Author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850.

    What exciting books did he write? Where was he born? What decision upset his parents? Click here to find out.

    Read & Write: Read one of Robert Louis Stevenson's books, then write a story in a similar vein. (To read Stevenson's books online, Click here.)




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  • Think about your favorite book, movie, or story.

    Write a review of it, giving your opinion on why you feel it's a good story or movie.

    Persuade others to read the book or see the movie, when writing your review. Sketch illustrations of the story, movie, or characters if you'd like.






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  • Make a milk-jug skeleton to hang in a tree or on a porch. (Click here for directions.)

    Imagine that your skeleton dances right across your porch or yard and down the street.

    Write a story about what might happen as your "dancing skeleton" starts visiting your neighbors.






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  • Observe something in Nature, outside your window. Then sketch it in your Nature Journal.

    Think about the history and the traits of the object you sketch (whether it's a plant or animal, or living or nonliving thing).

    Write a story about the object you sketched, using your imagination to create an entertaining tale.






    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that you have an empty box, as large or as small as you'd like.

    Think of something new that you could make out of your box. What would you make, and how would you go about making it?

    Create the object from an empty box. Or draw a diagram of what you would make, and explain how you would make it. Describe how the new object would be used.






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  • Try this fun, informative hands-on water cycle activity, with adult supervision: Click for directions.

    Take pictures of your project and place photos in your Science Journal.

    Write a description of the water-cycle atmosphere you created. Describe what happened when warm air met cold air in your project.







    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Write a story that begins: "The road in front of us suddenly heaved, shaking and rolling, back and forth."

    Imagine what might happen next on that road, or to the land around it.

    Describe what caused the road to heave, shake, and roll. Tell how you or others dealt with the strange events.






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  • Consider all the different types of "football": Click Here.

    Think of a new kind of "football" game, somewhat different from the ones you read about.

    Describe the object of your football game, how it would be played, how points are scored, the types of uniforms you'd design for the players, etc.






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  • Create, design, and build your own "time-measuring device." Or use the following instructions to make a Sun Clock.

    Make a Sun Clock, using the Sun Clock Diagram and instructions: Click Here.

    Write about the clock you created and built. Describe how you created it, how it tracks time, the materials you used, and how you put it together. Research the history of clocks, too: Click Here.






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  • Write a story that begins with the following: "This was an alien land, unlike anything I'd ever seen before!"

    Describe the unusual setting and scenery in the alien land, as well as the things and characters you'd see there.

    Write a short story about the events that occur in that alien land.






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  • Read some interesting news articles from a current newspaper or an online edition of your favorite newspaper.

    Rewrite the news articles in a style suitable for a television news show.

    Create the props for a television news set, then read the news stories as an anchor for the morning or evening news.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Take a virtual tour of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' farm: Click Here.

    Read about the author of The Yearling and Cross Creek. Then read the book or watch the movie of The Yearling.

    Write a review of the book or movie, describing what you liked about it.






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  • Imagine that you are at a race track, watching the fastest cars in the world.

    Draw or paint a picture of the scenes you might see at the race track.

    Write a story or description about your day at the race. Research the fastest tracks and the history of spectacular races, too.






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  • Imagine that you've found an old, abandoned house in the woods.

    Write a story that begins: "I stepped through the front door of the old house and...".

    Describe what happens next. Then illustrate your story with sketches or drawings.






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  • Design a dream!

    Imagine the best dream you could possibly have. What would it be about, and why would it be the best?

    Write a description of your perfect, fantastic dream.





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  • Write a story that begins: "When it grew dark, a small light began to glow in the distance...".

    Imagine the darkness, picture the glowing light, and think about the events that are about to occur in your story.

    Describe what happens next in the story. Draw, paint, or color illustrations to accompany the main events in your story, too.





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  • Take a nature walk today and take along your Nature Journal.

    Describe -- and sketch -- the living things and the nonliving things you see.

    Write an imaginative story from the point of view of a living (or nonliving thing!) that you've seen on your nature walk.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that you could build a stairway to the stars.

    What would the stairway be like? What would you see as you climbed your stairway to the stars?

    Write a description or story about your stairway and where you would go as you climbed it.





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  • Write a "Whodunit". See examples of Whodunits and read about some authors who created detective mysteries: Click here.

    Read examples of mystery stories for kids, written by kids, at MysteryNet's Kids Mysteries: Click here.

    See if others can solve the Whodunit or mystery that you have written.





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  • Visit the interactive Drawing Board at Kids News Room: Click here.

    Write a memorable quote on the brick wall at the interactive Drawing Board.

    Think of different quotes you could write on the brick wall. Erase and write them as often as you'd like. Of the quotes you've created, which is your favorite? Why?





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  • Write a story that begins: "My canoe began to be carried away by the current. The next thing I knew...". Describe what might happen next in the story.

    Imagine being inside the canoe, with lake or river water churning around you, splashing up and over the sides, and pulling your canoe away from the shore.

    Tip: If you're unfamiliar with canoes and would like to learn more about handling them, paddling and navigation, or canoe rescue for your story, Click here.





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  • Take a photograph of something that catches your eye, inside or outside.

    Write a descriptive paragraph about the subject of your photograph, and why it caught your interest.

    Describe it so that others will understand the subject of your photograph and why you chose to take a picture of it.






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  • Imagine that you are a character in one of your favorite books.

    Think about the possible adventures you could have in the book.

    Write a story about yourself as a character in your favorite book. Describe the setting and the adventures you'd have.






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  • Write a ballad, telling a story in a song.

    See examples of ballads: Click here.

    Create ballads that mean something special to you, or that tell a special story.






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  • Create your own Bird Journal or use these ideas: Click here.

    Write about the different birds you see, the nests they build, the feeders they visit, and the way they play.

    Draw illustrations of the birds you observe. Use a Bird Field Guide to identify birds and their markings, or use this Virtual Bird Field Guide: Click here.






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  • Make a list of several things that others might want to know about you. These might be your favorite color, movies, hobbies, or your feelings or opinions about things that are important to you.

    Write a brief description about yourself, using the list you put together.

    Draw a caricature of yourself, doing something you enjoy.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
    All Material © 2005 - 2015, Sherri Linsenbach





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  • Make a list of great ideas in your Journal today.

    What are some of your greatest ideas? Why are they important to you? How are your ideas helpful to people, animals, places, or things?

    Write detailed descriptions of some of your greatest ideas, and illustrate them, too.





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  • Imagine that someone said to you: "Why don't you fly around the world?"

    What would your response be? How might you fly around the world? Where would you go?

    Write a description of what your "Flight Around the World" would be like. Make it as fun and exciting as you'd like!





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  • Write a song about something important to you.

    Choose lyrics that best describe your feelings.

    Compose music that goes with your lyrics or helps to convey emotion and feeling about your song. Sing the song or play it on your favorite instrument.






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  • Color a painting by Vincent Van Gogh: Click here.

    Display your finished painting in your art gallery or bedroom.

    Describe what the painting means to you. How does it make you feel, or what does it make you think of? Write about it.






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  • Go back in time and write a short, short story about certain historic events: Click here.

    Research the events if you need more information on them.

    Write the most interesting short, short story possible, in just 500 words or less.






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  • Imagine that you are 10-feet tall.

    Measure the height of the ceilings in your home, your doorways, your bed, your parent's car.

    Write a description of your day, living in your house as a 10-ft. tall person.






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  • Read about the new type of crab or lobster that scientists discovered in the Pacific Ocean: Click Here.

    What is unique about its "furry" claws and its sight? How do these play a part in its survival?

    Create your idea of a new animal that has unique abilities, such as a rabbit with wings, or a cat with webbed feet. Draw your animal and describe how its abilities help it to survive.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that today is a rainy, foggy, damp, and boring day.

    What could you do to make it a fun, happy, and exciting day?

    Describe the things you might do to brighten your day -- things that would make you happy and be fun to do. Draw a picture of your fun day, too.





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  • Imagine that you are traveling westward with Lewis & Clark in the early 1800s.

    Take the virtual trip along with them! (Click Here.)

    Write about your trip and adventures as you travel along with Lewis & Clark on your expedition.





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  • Create a monument from clay or Play-Doh to honor an important person.

    Try to make your monument closely resemble this person.

    Write why you feel this person deserves to have a monument. Take a photo of your monument, too.





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  • Write a story that ends with: "And then the bell fell silent...".

    Be imaginative and create 3 different stories, using the ending above. But make one story mysterious, one story somber, and one funny.

    Illustrate your stories with colored pencils or markers.





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  • Imagine that you could go anywhere in the world. Where would you go?

    Find this special place in a book or on the Web, and read more about it. Imagine yourself visiting there.

    Write about your "visit" to this special place. Describe where you went, what you did, what you saw, and why you like this special place.





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  • Imagine that you're journeying to the deepest depths of the ocean in a bathyscaphe, or mini-submarine: Click Here.

    See some of the creatures that live deep in the sea: Click Here.

    Write a story about your adventures to the deepest depths of the ocean.





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  • Read some of Edgar Allan Poe's poems, such as "The Bells" or "The Raven": Click Here.

    Discuss the rhythm of these poems.

    Write a poem of your own that tells a story and has rhythm.





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  • Create a new device or make a new discovery in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

    Conduct some experiments similar to Franklin's at: Fun with Franklin.

    Write a description of the experiments you conducted today, what you learned about them, and why you enjoyed them.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Essay Prompt: "I have a dream...."

    Write a short essay about your dreams, hopes, or wishes.

    Focus on your dreams or hopes for your world, country, community, or family.





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  • Write a story based on solving a mystery.

    Choose 2 or 3 characters for your story and create a problem to be solved by the main character. Place an obstacle or challenge in front of the main character. Then devise a way for your main character to triumph over the challenge.

    Write your mystery, add suspense to the challenge, and solve the mystery for your readers.





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  • Create a totally new writing or drawing desk.

    What would it look like and feel like? How would it be organized? Why would it be the best and most-functional writing or drawing desk?

    Describe your new style of desk, then draw illustrations of it.









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  • Take a walk outdoors, around your yard, at the park, or on a nature hike.

    Let your thoughts run free, let the cool air refresh you, and let the walk inspire you.

    Write about the thoughts that came to your mind while walking, when you return from your walk. Draw a picture of yourself on your walk.





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  • Create a comic strip or cartoon about something that happened during a homeschool day.

    Draw an illustration of the comical event.

    Write a caption or dialogue that captures or conveys the humor of the event. Send your cartoon or comic strip to us, and we'll feature it on our website!





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  • Imagine that you are sailing around the world.

    Consult a map or globe to plan your voyage around the world.

    Write a log of what your trip might be like, describing the feelings of leaving your homeland, visiting different countries and cultures, and living upon a boat on the high seas.





    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Write a silly story about an animal in your town or neighborhood.

    Imagine that it has escaped and is running wild, wreaking havoc and upsetting everyone.

    Describe all the excitement the escaped animal causes. Resolve the story by describing who finally catches the escaped animal, helping to restore order to your town or neighborhood again.





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  • Draw and write by creating a piece of artwork, then writing a description of it.

    View examples of kids' artwork, from preschool through teens, by Clicking Here and selecting a Gallery.

    Create your own unique artwork, give it a title, and write a description of it. Send your creations to us, and we'll feature them on our website!





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  • What if robots had feelings?

    Write a story about robots with feelings, and how humans react to them.

    Describe how the robots and humans handle their emotions, and the conflict this might create between robots and humans.





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  • What if we did not have electricity in our homes?

    Imagine what our daily lives would be like, without lights or electric power.

    Describe how your life would be different, if no lights or power were available, day after day. (Note: In 1878, Thomas Edison made electricity available for household usage.)





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  • If you could be any type of animal in the world, what would you be?

    Describe the type of animal you would like to be, and why.

    Write a short story about yourself as that animal. Then draw a picture of what you would look like.





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  • Write a story that begins: "The lava was quickly approaching our feet...."

    Describe what happens next. (Research lava to learn more about it.)

    Make your "lava story" exciting, dramatic, or funny. Then illustrate it with drawings.


    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that you have 24 free hours, just to do anything you'd like.

    Think about all the things you'd like to do. Would you have enough time to do them all in 24 hours? Would you do several things you've been wanting to do, or just one special thing?

    Write a story about the special things you would do in 24 hours.





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  • Imagine that you are a fish, living in a pond or ocean.

    Write a story about your adventures in your watery world.

    Describe where you swim, where you play, how you eat, and how you sleep. Describe your friends who swim beside you in the pond or ocean, too.






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  • This weekend, visit a museum or historic area in your city or community.

    Find out what life was like for kids your age, two hundred years ago in your area.

    Write a story -- with yourself as the main character -- living in your city or community 200 years ago.






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  • Imagine that you are stranded in a flood, surrounded by water, and cut off from everything.

    What would you need to help you survive? Where would you go for safety in a flood? How would you get food and water?

    Write a story about how you would survive a flood.






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  • Imagine that you have been given an empty box and can make anything you'd like out of it. Find an empty box of any size, from a cereal box, to a shoe box, to a refrigerator box.

    Create something new and different from your box, such as a hat, an insect's home, a fun game, jewelry box, craft box, room decoration, race car, or anything you'd like!

    Describe what you made from your box, how you made it, and what you'll use it for. Describe what you'd like to make the next time you find an empty box.






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  • Concoct your favorite recipes for cooking, baking, or science experiments.

    Create the foods, dishes, or experiments. Then take pictures of them.

    Write about your creations, and compile of book of your special recipes for cooking, baking, or science experiments.

    From 200+ Creative Writing Ideas, Writing Prompts, and Story Starters
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  • Imagine that you wake up today and find that you are invisible.

    Think about the many ways this will complicate your life today! Try to explain the situation to your family, friends, and neighbors -- who cannot see you!

    Describe what might happen as you go about a typical day in your neighborhood. Write a story about the strange and funny events that could occur while you are invisible.






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  • Imagine that you became a hero or heroine because of something special you did.

    What would people think of you? How would they remember you?

    Write about the thing, or things, you did that made you a hero or heroine. Describe how you'd like to be remembered for these things.






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  • Imagine that you are responsible for ending poverty.

    What would you do to eliminate poverty? What steps would you take? Could you organize a team of people to help with this goal?

    Discuss and write a plan for eliminating poverty in the world.







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  • You have found an empty bottle on a beach. Write a message to someone, put it in the bottle, and toss it out to sea.

    Imagine what happens when someone finds your message.

    Write a story about your message in a bottle.







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  • Imagine what it would be like if the trees were the size of flowers, and flowers were the size of trees. Where would the squirrels live? Where would the bees buzz?

    What if houses were the size of ants, and ants the size of houses?

    Write a story about a character living in a land like this.






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  • Create and design a special or unique house.

    How would it be different from your home? How might it be similar? What makes your house design unique or special?

    Describe your house and draw a picture of it. You can also draw the floor plan of all the rooms.






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  • Think about what you did today, or are planning to do.

    Is it a fun day, or would you rather be doing something else?

    Write a paragraph with the heading: "Today is okay, but I would rather be...."






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  • Think about winter and what you like best about winter.

    Write a few sentences or paragraphs, describing what you like about winter.

    Draw, sketch, or paint a favorite winter scene.




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  • Imagine that you are a snowman.

    What would that feel like? What would a day in your life be like? What fun adventures might you have?

    Write a story about your adventures as a snowman! We'll publish your story or poem on our website when you e-mail it to us!




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  • Imagine that everything outdoors is buried under thick drifts of snow.

    Write a story about huge snowdrifts that block your doorway and streets. Imagine snowdrifts as tall as the trees and houses, covering everything in sight.

    Describe how you would get outside and get around on snow that covers trees and houses. Then draw a picture of what your day would be like.




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  • If you could give a special gift to a boy, girl, man, or woman, what might it be?

    Why would you choose that gift, and who would be the lucky recipient of your gift?

    Describe the gift you might choose and the person who would receive it.




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  • Imagine that it's a "marshmallow world." What if everything around you were made of marshmallows?

    What would it be like to walk on marshmallows, sit on marshmallows, and ride on marshmallow cars?

    Write a story about living in a "marshmallow world." Make some marshmallow snowmen, too!




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