42 Things to Write about When You’re Bored

Boredom is an enemy of everyone and needs to be dealt with appropriately. Keeping students from getting bored means that they get themselves in less trouble.

Combating boredom with writing prompts can provide a constructive activity for students instead of being bored and getting into mischief.

This list of prompts should help students develop their creative writing and keep them occupied during class.

How to Use These Prompts

  • Keep this list easily accessible for students to pick a prompt from when they have extra time in class.
  • Or randomly assign a prompt to a student when they need one.
  • You could also have a prompt pre-selected for each student and then provide a new one if the need arises. The key is to be prepared before boredom comes along.

The Prompts

  1. Write about a favorite movie. Describe your favorite character or scene.
  2. Create a short story about a magical elf who saves a holiday or other important event.
  3. Describe your pet and why you love it. 
  4. Write a story about a mythical figure getting lost in modern society.
  5. Describe what you believe your life will be like in ten years.
  6. Write a story using the words intriguing, calmly, and potato. 
  7. Tell a story about an interesting occurrence on what would otherwise have been just a normal day. 
  8. Describe your favorite color and why it is your favorite. Argue why it is better than other colors
  9. What do you think the hardest part of being a parent is and why?
  10. Are you excited about growing up, or would you rather stay a kid forever? Why?
  11. Write a fictional story about a real-life person from history. Choose an important historical figure like a president, actor, or activist.
  12. Do you agree with homework? Explain your position and use facts to support your point of view. 
  13. What is your favorite thing to do when you’re done with school? Explain why.
  14. Do you like cats or dogs better? Why?
  15. Describe your favorite memory with as many details as you can include. 
  16. Write a story about a penguin who loves warm weather.
  17. Describe what you see when you look out the window right now. Then write a story about what could be going on. 
  18. What is your favorite food? Describe it and why you love it.
  19. Create a poem about your favorite school subject.
  20. Someone has broken a vase, and you are one of the people in question. Write a letter explaining how it couldn’t have been you who did it. 
  21. Describe your favorite day of the week and why.
  22. Write a short story that includes the words cheetah, orange, and duplicated.
  23. Write a letter that argues for more recess.
  24. Who would you pick if you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes?
  25. What do you hope to be when you grow up? Why?
  26. What is your hobby? If you don’t have one, choose one you would like.
  27. Choose an object you can see and write a background on it. 
  28. What is your favorite sport? Why?
  29. Describe one thing you would like to do or accomplish in your lifetime.
  30. Who in your life inspires you, and why is that?
  31. Is there someone who you would describe as your hero? What makes them your hero?
  32. What is a food that you would never eat? Why is that?
  33. Argue for a change that you would like your school to implement.
  34. Make an acrostic poem using your first name.
  35. Create an alternate ending to your favorite movie.
  36. What is your favorite ice cream, and why?
  37. What is your favorite thing about summer break?
  38. Write a letter to your parents explaining why you should be allowed a later bedtime.
  39. Do you have any treasured possessions? What is it, and why is it special?
  40. Write a story about an elephant in the arctic circle.
  41. Describe what you think it would be like to be lost in a foreign place.
  42. Write a story using all the colors of the rainbow in it.

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