Animal Writing Prompts for Kids (Includes Funny Prompts)

Use these fun animal writing prompts with any pet or animals-themed unit.

Your young authors will enjoy stretching their creativity, showcasing their writing skills, and showing their knowledge of different types of animals.

Animal Writing Prompts for Kids


  • Draw a dog, and write about it.
  • I love my pet because…
  • Sketch a zebra. Then write a few sentences describing it. 
  • My favorite animal is… because…
  • Draw a cow, and write about it.
  • A cat is…

First Grade Animal Writing Prompts

  • Which types of activities would you do if you had an unicorn for a pet? Be specific, and include lots of details. 
  • Retell the memory of receiving your very first pet. Describe how you felt.
  • You’re going on vacation for a week, and your pet will be with the sitter. Share the instructions for how to care for your pet while you’re gone.
  • Describe how to care for a pet. Be specific by including clear details. 
  • Imagine you’re a giraffe living in a zoo. From a giraffe’s perspective, describe the pros and cons of living in a zoo. Write at least 2 paragraphs. 
  • Write a story about a fish and a shark that work together to overcome an obstacle.
  • Give detailed instructions for how to give a dog a bath.
  • Your parents have decided that you can have a pet! However, your sibling wants a cat, and you want a dog. Provide 3 convincing reasons to your sibling as to why your choice is best. 
  • Explain how to show love to your pet.
  • For 24 hours, a magical fairy will transform you into any animal that you choose. Select an animal, and in 2 to 3 paragraphs, tell what you’ll do on this special day.

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades

  • Write about the pros and cons of owning a pet snake.
  • Do dogs or cats make better pets? State your reasons in one to three paragraphs.
  • Write an article for the school newspaper offering information on how to respect all types of animals.
  • Explain the challenges and advantages of being an ant. 
  • Compare and contrast any two mammals. Write at least two paragraphs, providing specific details about their characteristics.
  • Write about a usual day from the perspective of a bird.
  • A family of deer live in the woods near your town. Describe in detail a day in their life. Also share any challenges they may face. 
  • Write a story that centers around at least three of the five words: mammal, bird, pet, care, happy
  • Explain the differences and similarities between a zoo and the wild.
  • Write 10 words related to reptiles. Then compose a poem including these words.
  • In two to three paragraphs, write the three best things about owning a pet. Provide specific details.  
  • Draft an informational piece of writing that includes these words: fish, ocean, desert, bears, jungle, rainforest, butterflies

Funny Animal Writing Prompts

  • Write a funny story about a pet who one day all of a sudden starts to talk to his owners.
  • You’re a reporter and will have the opportunity to interview a purple cow. Write a script with a list of questions you’ll ask along with her responses. If needed, use the 5 Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How?) to help generate questions.
  • If you were a kitten, what gift requests would be on your Christmas list and why?
  • If you had the ability to communicate with any animal, which creature would you choose, why, and what would you two talk about?
  • Write about a typical day in your life from the perspective of your pet.
  • You own a pet who has gone missing. Draft an advertisement describing what it looks like. Include any information that would help a stranger identify your beloved pet. Use your creativity and imagination to create a cool ad!
  • Write a creative story about a flying cow that visits the moon.
  • Wild Card Prompt: Create any creative and funny piece of writing about your favorite animal. Your writing can be a comedy, mystery, fantasy, tall tale, poetry, comic, persuasive, informative, etc.
  • Create a humorous story about you and your pet joining the circus.
  • You arrive home to find a pig sleeping in your bed. Write a story about what happens next. 
  • Write a funny story about a group of farm animals that start a musical band.

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