Family is extremely important to everybody, but especially to kids. These free writing prompts for kids focus on our nuclear, non-nuclear and our eccentric families. The prompts in this section are extremely fun to share as they can inform all the kids in the class about the differences between families and that there is no certain way a family should work. Try them out and see how the kids respond.
These 10 prompts are part of a free preview of the new book 500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade, which includes 500 prompts and some ideas on how to apply them in your classroom and home. Enjoy the preview and if you like them, check out the full version!
Writing Prompts for Kids #4: Family
1. Describe your family tree from top to bottom. In other words, who are all the people in your family and how are they related to one another? Who do you see the most and who do you see the least?
2. Of all the people in your family, who would you say that you are the most similar to and why?
3. Who is the most successful person in your family? Do you have a third-cousin that runs a big corporation or a sister-in-law who is an actor? Talk about this successful person and what it means to have him or her as part of the family.
4. If you could talk to all of your ancestors, all the people in your family from past generations, in a room at the same time, what would you say to them? What would they say to you?
5. What does the word family mean to you? Go into detail and how that relates to your immediate and extend family.
6. Who do you get along with the best in your family? Give an example of a time you got along with this person.
7. Who do you get along with the worst in your family? Give an example of a time that you two didn’t see eye to eye. How do you think the both of you could change to get along better?
8. Write a little scene between your immediate family members sitting around the table for dinner together. What do you all talk about? Does anybody tell any jokes or do anything silly?
9. When you graduate from elementary school, who from your family do you think will be there to cheer you on? What will they say to you? What will you all do to celebrate?
10. Do you want to start a family of your own when you grow up? What would you want it be like? No kids, lots of kids? Big house in the country, small house in the city? Go into major detail about your future family life.
Notes: There is a slim chance that somebody in your classroom might be undergoing a family crisis when you present these writing prompts for kids about family. Feel free to excuse certain students who may not want to broach the subject at this time, or come up with an alternative prompt that does not come so close to home.