41 Exciting Animal Writing Prompts (w/Funny Prompts)

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

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

Additionally, these animal writing prompts reduce writer’s block resulting in students producing content faster!

So go ahead and pencil into your lesson plans this week a couple of these delightful and funny animal writing prompts.

Animal Writing Prompts for Students

Kindergarten Animal Writing Prompts

  • 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…
  • The best animal for a pet is…because…

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 Grade Animal Writing Prompts

  • If you could be any animal, which would you be and why?
  • 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
  • If you could choose any animal for a class pet, which would you choose and why?

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.
  • Write three funny animal writing prompts that you’d like to share with classmates.

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