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Creative Prompts for Kids

This is a list of articles I've written at The Book Chook with prompts that encourage kids to create in some way. Whether it be fingerprinting or haiku, a cartoon, digital image or a dance, the emphasis is on responding with some kind of creativity.

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The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Secret Power

How can children use the idea of a secret power as a prompt for creating something? Check out this article at The Book Chook for lots of starting ideas.

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Dinosaur

How can kids create something based on a dinosaur?

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Machine

How can children use the idea of a machine to create something of their own? Check out my questions that help tease this out - at The Book Chook!

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Seed

How can kids use a seed as the inspiration for some kind of creativity?

"* Could you use seeds, or the idea of seeds, to make jewellery or a gift for someone?

  • Ask an adult to go for a seed walk with you outdoors. Look for seeds in safe places and collect them.

  • Go for a seed walk inside your kitchen. Ask an adult if you can have some of the seeds you find. How will you display your collection and share it with others?

  • What seeds do humans like to eat? Can you design a meal that has seeds in it?

  • What seeds do animals like to eat? Use play-do or clay to make an animal nibbling a seed.

  • Using only seeds and glue, can you make an interesting creature? Give your creature a name and describe its habitat. " Find more at The Book Chook!

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Vegetable

How can kids use the idea of a vegetable, or a real vegetable, to create something new?

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with Music

What are some ideas based around music that will encourage kids to create? Grab some tips at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with Some Junk

How can kids start creating something by using the idea of junk, or actual junk? Find out at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Find your Treasure

What are some creative prompts for kids that relate to the idea of "treasure"? Check out my prompts at The Book Chook, and link through to all my creative prompts for kids!

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with an Egg

How can kids create something by starting with the idea of an egg? Check out these wacky and egg-citing ideas at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Creature

How can kids start with the idea of a creature in order to create something? Check out all the ideas at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Santa

What are some prompts for kids for creating that focus on the idea of a Santa? Check them out at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Video Clip

What are some great video clips that kids can use as prompts for some kind of creativity? Check them out at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Line

What are some intriguing creative prompts for kids that focus on the concept of a line? Check out lots of ideas at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Book

Lots of ideas for kids on using a book as the starter for some kind of creativity. Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with Emoji

What are some prompts for using emoji for kids to create with?

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with an Easter Bunny

A list of creative prompts for kids centred around the theme of "Easter Bunny". Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Toy
  • Design the biggest toy in the world. What might go wrong if such a toy came to life?

  • Design a very small toy. Can you create a model of it from LEGO, play-dough, cardboard, something else?

  • Create a toy via a new method you’ve never tried. You might decide to knit or crochet a toy, cook a toy, invent a toy with circuits, code a toy, or some other way. Who might the toy be for? What will you name it?

Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompts for Kids - Start with a Map

"* Today’s prompt asks you to start with a map. What map? Explore a website with old maps and choose one. Invent a character who will go on a journey. Plan the route your character takes. Why does he go on the journey? What problems does she face? How will the story be resolved?

  • Plan your journey around the world and draw it on National Geographic’s Map Maker.

  • Use the markers at the same website to show places you would like to visit in Australia.

  • Blob some paint onto paper and fold the paper in half, smoothing the paint out but not squishing it out. Open up the paper and imagine the painted part is your map of your very own island. Add the details you would like to have on and around your island with pencils or paint. "

Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Box

I love to come up with prompts that spark some sort of creativity in kids. A box can be imaginary or real, and the activities it suggests are only limited by children’s imaginations. They might choose one prompt and create a little video or audio presentation about what it suggested to them. They might transform a real box somehow and go on to write a story with that box a key element of the plot. They might get their paints out and go wild with a psychedelic box exterior, or one that represents how they feel about some key issue.

Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Cardboard Tube
  • What sorts of things can you do with a cardboard tube? What does it make you think of? Play a mime game with your friends where each person has a turn to use the cardboard tube to BE something. It could be a comb for a giant, a microphone, or an umbrella.

  • What kind of noise can you make with a cardboard tube? What could you do to a tube to make it sound different again?

More ideas at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids, One Little Word

One Little Word puts the focus on children choosing one word that is special to them in some way. They might choose a word that explains what they're striving for this year. They might choose a word that describes them. Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Blob

Here's the next in my series of Creative Prompts for Kids. Find all the other prompts via my list, below. * Today I propose we start with a blob. A blob begins as almost nothing, but it can become almost anything! Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with LEGO

Children love LEGO. Why not encourage them to let LEGO be the starting point for some other kind of creative activity? Below you'll find some some ideas kids can use to create something with LEGO, many of which will also involve them in developing literacy and thinking skills. Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Word or Letter

Here's another prompt that might encourage your kids/students to create something. What they create is up to them. I might suggest a story, but that story could take the form of a piece of writing, a comic, a storyboard and movie or a composition involving music and dance. Read more at The Book Chook.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Superhero Yourself

With Clark Kent's (Superman) birthday often celebrated on June 18 (kryptonite cake, anyone?) why not use that day to explore some aspects of superheroes with your kids. Read more at The Book Chook.