KidZone:  Creative Writing
Write a Story Based on the Picture

© Contributed by Leanne Guenther


Most children have a natural creative streak but as anyone who has tried it knows, getting an idea out of your head and onto a piece of paper can be very challenging!  Spark the children's imagination by providing them a picture on which to base their story.

Look over the picture.  Write a story based on what you imagine is happening.

Printable Templates:

Choose one of the pictures to distribute to the children:

Picture Sparks Worksheets

Animals and a Cross


Picture Sparks Worksheets

Fireworks and a Picnic


Picture Sparks Worksheets

Frog and Alien


Picture Sparks Worksheets

Lady and Leprechaun


Picture Sparks Worksheets

Penguin and Mice


Picture Sparks Worksheets

Snake and Caterpillar

Picture Sparks Worksheets



Picture Sparks Worksheets



Picture Sparks Worksheets



Picture Sparks Worksheets


Write a rough draft:  Use lined paper to print a rough draft of your story.


Final Draft

Use full page or half page templates to print your story.  Add illustrations.

You can do a cooperative project by having one student act as author and another as illustrator.  Having a Picture Story Board for the author to give to the illustrator can help the process.  Or you can have the children swap authored books and let them illustrate each others.  Having a different author/illustrator teaches the children how people collaborate to publish books.



Provide shelf or cabinet space for a classroom library.  Allow the children to add the final draft of their books to the classroom library.  The children can then read each others works during quiet reading time.  

You can expand the project by having the children write "book reviews" of each others books.  Make sure the children are instructed to use the "3 stars and a wish" method when they do their reviews to prevent hurt feelings -- each book review should consist of 3 positive comments and one "wish" (constructive criticism).  It should also include the title, author and illustrator of the story.