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36 Fun Animal Writing Prompts For Kids

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Animals are a great topic to get kids writing. They can be based on favorite animals, describing animal skills or behaviors, or creating funny stories with animals as the main characters.

It is both inspiring and hilarious to watch how children create when given fun writing prompts—and these animal journal prompts will definitely bring out some wild stories!

mother showing daugther writing prompt in journal while the girl looks on and is ready to write

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Why animal writing prompts for students?

Using animal writing prompts for students is a great way to get them interested in writing. It can be a fun way to learn more about animals, and it also helps students practice describing things in detail.

Additionally, using funny animal stories as prompts can help students loosen up and write more creatively.

Tip: Be sure to also check out our monthly journal prompts for elementary kids and our middle school writing prompts as well!

Animal Themed Writing Prompts for Kids

  1. Design an animal that can do something you are good at.
  2. Choose 3 animals that have similar traits/behaviors and write why they do that.
  3. Think of an animal you would like to be friends with, and tell why it would make a good friend.
  4. Brainstorm a list of words that describe an animal and create a poem with all of them.
  5. Imagine there is a new animal that has never existed before and design what it looks like and what its behaviors are like.
  6. Write about the most interesting animal you know about or read about in a book/magazine/website etc.
  7. Draw a picture of the most interesting animal you know about or read about in a book/magazine/website etc and describe what makes it so interesting.
  8. Describe what it would be like to be an animal.
  9. Write about why that a certain animal is unique amongst all other animals in the animal kingdom.
  10. What are some interesting facts you know about animals?
  11. Write about an animal that is mis-understood in the human world.
  12. Is there a problem with people taking care of animals properly (abuse, mistreatment, lack of proper food/water)? Write about what could be done to improve the situation for animals.
  13. Imagine you could put yourself in the body of any animal you want, what animal would you choose and why?
  14. If you could become one specific animal for 24 hours, which one would it be and why?
  15. Draw a picture of an animal that has never existed before and tell about it.
  16. Is there something that has happened to you that you feel is like something an animal would go through?
  17. Is there a certain animal that pops into your head when you hear a word or phrase? Explain why it comes to mind.
  18. What is the meanest, nastiest animal in the world and why do you think so?
  19. If you could have any of the senses that an animal has, which one would you choose and why?
  20. Draw a picture of an animal doing ___________ (something they would typically not do).
  21. Draw a picture of an animal that is having __________ (a problem they are struggling with, like hunger or loneliness).
  22. Draw a picture of an animal doing ____________ (something you would typically see them doing but in a new and unique way).
  23. Where do you think the best place to live is for animal lovers?
  24. What is the meanest animal and why do you think so?
  25. Draw a picture of an animal that could solve world hunger .
  26. Is there an enthusiast group about your favorite type of animal (ex: bird watchers, cat lovers etc)
  27. Write about what activities humans do to show their appreciation for different types of animals?
  28. Write about the life of an animal from the animal's perspective.
  29. Describe how animals are alike or different from humans.
  30. If you could turn into any animal, which one would you choose? What advantages and disadvantages do you foresee for this change?
  31. Create a conversation between two animals that you think would have a lot to talk about.
  32. Describe an animal in your neighborhood and what they do all day.
  33. Imagine there is a society of animals, which one are you? What role do you hold?
  34. Draw a picture of an animal with an unusual habitat.
  35. If you could bring back any extinct animal, which one would you choose?
  36. What would be different if animals lived on land instead of under the sea or in the sky etc.?

The animal writing prompts for kids we’ve provided are a great way to get your child thinking about the world from an animal’s perspective. Not only will they learn more about the animals around them, but they will also be encouraged to use their imagination and write creatively. We hope you and your child enjoy these prompts and have fun with them!

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