Story telling and story writing prompts for kids

Use our Super Easy Storytelling Formula and these story prompts to start telling a story instantly. Choose a story element from each story prompt column (choose a Who, a What, a Why Not) and then drop them into our storytelling formula. Need help? Go to our storytelling how to guide.

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Story Prompt Formula

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Story Prompt Ideas

Choose one item from each column. WHO wants a WHAT but WHY NOT = A Fun story.


Story prompts- choose a character for your story


  • Hippo
  • Puppy
  • Dinosaur
  • Penguin


  • Ladybug
  • Goliath Beetle
  • Butterfly


  • Sports Car
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Dump Truck
  • Motorcycle
  • Dune Buggy


  • Astronaut
  • PE Teacher
  • Scientist
  • Pirate

Fantasy Creature

  • Wizard
  • Monster
  • Fairy
  • Zombie

Courtly Person

  • Knight
  • Princess
  • King
  • Noble Steed


  • Blob of Goo
  • Tea Pot
  • Bubble
  • Super Hero’s Cape
  • Robot


  • Chess Piece
  • Doll
  • Remote Control Car
  • Box of Crayons


  • Super Stink Boy
  • Grandpa
  • Baby Genius
  • Viking


  • Marshmallow
  • Tater Tot
  • Meatball
  • Deep-fried Candy Bar


  • Sunflower
  • Meat-eating Plant
  • Creeping Vine
Story prompts- choose a plot for your story
  • Get what He/She has Always Wanted
  • Become a Dancer
  • Invent Something
  • Ride a Roller Coaster
  • Travel to a New Planet
  • Be Bigger or Smaller
  • Make a Friend
  • Bend Air and Water
  • Ride a Camel
  • Build a Catapult
  • Rule the World
  • Win a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
  • Build a New Home
  • Make Disco Clothes Fashionable Again
  • Become a Voice Impersonator
  • Tame a Tazmanian Devil
  • Save the World
  • Journey to the Amazon
  • Enjoy a Very Lazy Day
  • Bake a Cake
  • Overcome a Fear of Something
  • Rescue a Stranded Kitten
  • Become a Master Chef
  • Be the Most Amazing of Its Kind
  • Win a Race
  • Change from a Bad Guy into a Good Guy
Story prompts- choose a plot for your story
  • Has an Attack of the Hiccups
  • Doesn’t Know How
  • Evil Nemesis Has Other Plans
  • Doesn’t Have the Right Clothes/Gear
  • Is Very Clumsy
  • Is Allergic to Fun
  • Gets Distracted by a Dance Party
  • Can’t Find What He’s Looking For
  • Forest Comes to Life
  • Gets Trapped in a Tower
  • Pit of Slime In the Way
  • Minions Quit
  • Gravity Just Became Super Strong
  • Is Scared
  • Giant Ladybug
  • Space Junk Crashes to Earth
  • Runaway Train
  • Epic Water Gun Battle
  • Grumpy Alligator
  • Magic Wand is Broken
  • Can’t Get any Respect
  • Sucked into a Magical Vortex
  • Internet is Unavailable
  • Burns in the Sun
  • Plans Never Work Out Right
  • Car/Boat/Spaceship is Brokenv

Sample Story Prompts

Here are some examples of how you can put the story elements above together into some fun story prompts.

  • A tater tot wants to save the world but she burns in the sun.
  • A man-eating plant wants to grow bigger but his minions just quit.
  • A box of crayons wants a very lazy day but they are sucked into a magical vortex.
  • A deep-fried candy bar wants to be a master chef but he just can’t get any respect.
  • A viking wants to win a watermelon seed spitting contest but she’s allergic to fun.
  • A fairy wants to overcome her fear of flying but the forest just came to life.
  • A ladybug wants to make disco clothes fashionable again but she has an attack of the hiccups.
  • An astronaut wants to rescue a kitten from a tree but gravity just became super strong.