Widget title image

Picture Writing Prompts

Teach Starter Publishing Suitable for grades:  1 - 6

These picture writing prompts are a great way to help students develop their writing skills. A visual writing prompt can be generated at random or chosen specifically.

The Value of Visual Writing Prompts in the Elementary Classroom

Are you looking for new and exciting ways to get your kids excited about writing and simple digital tools to add to your writing lesson plans? Picture prompts provide a visual stimulus for kids to create a story, which can help unleash their imagination and creative thinking skills.

The picture writing prompt generator is packed with 60 images to rotate through to keep students engaged with new stimuli that will spur creative writing. With a picture as a starting point, the widget provides students with a means to expand their vocabulary by describing the visual elements they see and creating characters and settings for their stories. Pick a picture at random for a tool you can deploy, whether you’re teaching descriptive writing, storytelling, or even grammar.

How to Use the Picture Writing Prompts for Creative Writing Widget

You can choose to see these visual writing prompts with or without text. Simply launch the widget and click “Inspire Me” to randomly select a new image. Click hide or show to reveal some suggested sentence starters.

You can also select the ℹ️ icon in the top right corner to reveal some suggested lesson prompts for each image.


How to Use Picture Writing Prompts in the Classroom

Here are some ideas that will help you take these visual writing prompts and put them into action in the classroom!

Narrative Writing Prompt

The primary purpose of this widget is to provide visual writing prompts to assist children with ideas and concepts for their narrative writing. You’ll get your students producing picture-perfect writing in no time with this collection of stunning photographs! Setting your students up for success when writing has never been easier.

Write an Opinion Text

Are you looking at opinion writing at the moment with your students? Using a stunning photograph may just be what you are looking for to add some more depth to your students’ writing.

Pick a photograph from the collection of 60 images. As a class, you can brainstorm what is happening in the photo and come up with a collection of persuasive topics to write about. This gives your students ownership over their writing.

Practice Prediction and Inferring Skills

Basic predicting and inferencing skills can be easily practiced using a simple photograph! By displaying a simple photograph for your students to analyze and asking some leading questions, you are instantly getting them thinking in more detail about the photograph. Questions you could ask include:

  • Where do you think this photograph has been taken? Why?
  • What do you think is about to happen?
  • What do you think just happened?
  • What do you think will happen next?

Art Interpretation

When teaching different art elements to your children, use a photograph as inspiration.  Prompting a student to sketch, paint, or create an art piece is another fantastic use of our Picture Writing Prompts Widget.

Incorporate Graphic Organizers

Using a photograph is a fantastic way to introduce and consolidate your students’ knowledge and understanding of a variety of graphic organizers. Here is a collection of graphic organizers that would work really well with a visual stimulus:

Poetry Inspiration

Poetry can be a really tricky concept to teach young kids. However, using real-life photographs can provide your students with some inspiration for the topic of their poem — which is often the part that they get stuck on. Set them up for success, and brainstorm the different ideas and concepts they could write about using a picture writing prompt as inspiration.

Even More Digital Learning Tools, Widgets, and Online Word Games for Kids!

Don’t stop there! Before you go, make sure you head over and check out these fun widgets and games for kids!

Image of Random Name Picker


Random Name Picker

Use this free random name picker in the classroom when choosing a student to complete a task, answer a question or participate in an activity!


Write a review to help other teachers and parents like yourself. If you'd like to request a change to this resource, or report an error, select the corresponding tab above.

Log in to comment