365+ Ways to Make Writing Fun for Kids

Cam ‘writes’ every day and she thoroughly enjoys it.  Sometimes Cam’s writing is self-directed and other times I provide her with a variety of writing prompts or invitations. But mostly she just likes to spend time in the dedicated space we have set up for her to write.

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I often write about or share photos on Instagram that show this love for her writing. But, after I publish these posts or photos I often get emails or messages from parents expressing concern that their child doesn’t show the same level of  interest in writing.  There can be some serious issues behind a reluctance to write so it is hard for me to provide specific suggestions for children I don’t know, but I thought I could provide parents with a starting point by sharing the writing practises that I’ve encouraged in our home.

1. Set up an inviting place for your child to write (Read our post on how to create a writing station for children).

2. Provide children with opportunities to write meaningfully and purposefully, rather than asking them to complete regimental writing tasks (e.g tracing letters over and over again), which can stifle creativity and lead to a lack of enjoyment (Find over 20 meaningful writing tasks here).

3. Relax the expectations you have of your child and focus more on the process of writing than the product.

4. Keep writing fresh and interesting by providing your child with a variety of daily, open-ended writing prompts or invitations. This can be as simple as offering different writing tools and surfaces. A list of over 365 ideas is outlined below.

365+ Fun ways to write

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The writing prompts/invitations in these lists are open-ended.  Although they are not structured, the learning benefits are significant:

  • Handle and control a pencil or writing tool.
  • Develop fine motor skills and muscle development
  • Record thoughts and ideas (even if adults can’t decipher the thoughts)
  • See writing as a creative outlet
  • Understand that writing has a purpose
  • Practise letter formation naturally

How to use the lists:

There are two lists. Combine any writing tool from List A with any writing surface from List B and you can create over 365 different writing prompts or invitations. That’s a different writing prompt for every day of the year. Who could get bored with that? For example:

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  • Write with cotton buds and paint on paper
  • Write with a highlighter on bubble wrap
  • Write with metallic pen on a leaf
  • Write with a wet tea bag on the fence


LIST A: Writing Tools

Write With:

1. Fingers

2. Pencils

3. Pens

4. Metallic Pens

5. Glitter Pens

6. Calligraphy Pens and Ink

7. Textas or Sharpies (coloured permanent markers)

8. Crayons

9. Charcoal

10. Pastels

11. Window or Glass Markers

12. Paint

13. Homemade Finger Paint

14. Glow in the dark paint

15. Paint brushes (used with paint or water)

16. Shaving cream

17. Mud

18. Wax candles crayons and watercolours

19. Whiteboard markers

20. Water

21. Water and chalk

22. Cotton buds

23. Feathers

24. Highlighters

25. Melted Chocolate

26. Spices

27. Invisible Ink (lemon juice)

28. Food safe markers

29. Lipstick

30. Wet tea-bag


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Write on:

1. Paper

2. Paper Bags

3. Masking Tape

4. Plaster casts and plaster

5. Under the table

6. Seed pods

7. Bodies and hands

8. Timber

9. The Footpath/Sidewalk

10. Leaves

11. Windows

12. Shower screen and bathtub

13. Mirrors

14. Whiteboard

15. Blackboard

16. Easel

17. Perspex

18. Postcards and cards (The Picklebums have a printable postcard template)

19. Fence

20. In Sand

21. In Salt

22. In Snow

23. Tracing Paper/ Overhead transparency paper

24. A long roll of paper

25. Foil

26. Stones

27. Journal/notepad

28. Mugs and crockery

29. Bark

30. Shoes

31. T-shirts (with markers or paint)

32. Pillow cases

33. Post-it notes

34. Paint in a bag

35. Laminated tracing cards

36. Bubble wrap

37. Tiles

38. Zip-lock plastic bags

39. In shaving cream

40. Paddle pop sticks

41. Terracotta pots

42. Fabric (Library Bags)

43. Wrapping Paper

44. Fruit and Vegetables

45. Cakes

46. Brick walls

47. Clay

48. Chalkboard blocks

49. Cardboard box


The ideas above can be adapted for children of all ages. Children will simply respond to the invitations/prompts differently. For example:

  • Simply provide pre-writers with a variety of writing tools and surfaces and let them draw and make marks
  • Leave the alphabet in view for experimental/ beginning writers to help them write recognisable letters or familiar words (E.g. Write letters or familiar words in the sand or create signs and labels ).
  • Cards featuring sight or theme words can help early writers who are beginning to write strings of words (E.g. Write a card, a message, a shopping list or a lunch order).
  • Proficient writers can write sentences and well-constructed thoughts so invitations and prompts can be more specific but still allow for creativity (E.g. A letter to a fairy, a secret message or instructions to find treasure).


Follow the following Pinterest boards to further extend the ideas I’ve listed above, or for more structured writing ideas:

My Little Bookcase Writing Activities board

My Little Bookcase Storytelling Prompts Pinterest Board

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365+ Ways to Make Writing Fun for Kids


  1. Seriously you are a literacy rock star!! :) This is fabulous and just what I need for my pre writer!! She’s so keen to write and I love seeing her writing develop but we definitely want things other than tracing letters or writing sight words! Love love love this list and the creative nature of it! I think we’ll choose some off each list and make cards that we can shuffle and pick our ‘write with’ and ‘write on’ from!! :) Thanks for sharing – pinning and sharing this great resource! x

  2. Such a fabulous resource!

  3. Wow, what an amazing resource. I love your writing surface choices. Thank you for sharing. Pinned.

  4. What an amazing resource this is Jackie, thank you so much for sharing your ideas! At the moment with my son we are focusing on oral story telling. But I imagine the skills he learns doing this and the imaginative ideas he comes up with will then nicely help him with writing when he is ready.

  5. What a wonderful list, I’ll be using this with my children and my students in the classroom :)

  6. Holy moley, that IS a whole lot of fun! I have a reluctant writer and these ideas are sure going to come in handy x

  7. So many awesome ideas!!!

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