These nonfiction writing prompts for kids are a great way for them to practice their writing, learn more about nonfiction, and more.
Teaching Kids About Nonfiction
The first thing to remember and teach children about nonfiction is what it really means when it comes to writing. Nonfiction is based on facts, real people, and real events that have taken place.
For kids and young adults, they will likely recognize and remember these when you give them a short meaning. We first start out with: nonfiction is like a biography or things that have happened in history.
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Best Nonfiction Writing Prompts
In order to get their creative juices flowing, here are some creative nonfiction writing prompts for kids. Encourage them to be as descriptive as possible.
- Write about a celebrity or someone you admire. Give reasons on why you admire them.
- Think of something you know how to do and write a “how-to” about it. Give clear detailed descriptions of each step.
- Write a technical review of your favorite movie. Provide details on the positive and negative things about the movie.
- Research foreign cultures. Create a list of facts and things you’d like to experience.
- Choose a state and write at least 10 facts.
- Read a famous poem. Think and write about how it makes you feel, what it means, and what makes it special to you.
- Think about an important historic event and write a poem about it.
- Thing and write about your favorite songs. Go into detail on how it makes you feel, what it means, and what makes it special to you.
- Describe your favorite smell. What does it smell like? Why is it your favorite? How does it make you feel?
- Have you ever done something that your parents didn’t know about? Pretend as if you were writing a letter to them confessing about what you did.
Kid Friendly Nonfiction Topics
- Describe your favorite holiday and write about one memory you have from it. Include details on your surroundings, events that took place, and why that holiday is your favorite.
- Choose one piece of art and write about how it makes you feel. Describe the piece of art and why it makes you feel the way it does.
- Describe a place that you have traveled to. In detail, write about your experiences and why you enjoyed it. What did you see or hear that was interesting to you?
- Tell me about a place you have been to. What was it like? Give tips on the area for others who have never been there.
- Tell me about an animal you enjoy or wish to see in person. Tell me more about the animal, what it eats, how it survives, and other interesting facts. National Geographic Readers are perfect for this! Here’s one about Red Foxes.
More Writing Prompts for Kids
Below is a list of other writing prompts you will find that kids can use to start their stories.