41 Birthday Writing Prompts: Fun Ideas to Write About

Celebrate with students this special, once-a-year occasion using these fun birthday writing prompts.

Not only do these birthday writing prompts reduce writer’s block, they help students reflect on personal experiences, sharpen writing skills, instill a love for writing, and engage the imagination.

That’s why they make a great addition to your collection of classroom writing activities.

So pencil into your writer’s workshop lesson plans this coming week a few delightful birthday writing prompts.

Birthday Writing Prompts

  • Oh no! You put salt instead of sugar into your birthday cake! Write about what happens next.
  • Explain how to keep a surprise birthday party a secret.
  • Write a letter, text, or email to your parents persuading them to get you a pet for your birthday.
  • Share ideas for celebrating a birthday virtually. What actions will you take in order to have a great party online?
  • Write a diary entry from the perspective of a birthday candle on a cake.
  • On your birthday, a kid you don’t know hands you a strange box during recess. He then walks away without saying a word. Suddenly, the box begins to shake. Complete the story.
  • B.I.R.T.H.D.A.Y – Create an acrostic poem using the word birthday. 
  • You get a magic T-shirt for your birthday. Describe what happens when you wear it.
  • Write a letter to your future self 20 years in the future.
  • Describe your birthday 50 years from now. What is different, and what is the same?
  • If you were a dog, what gift requests would be on your birthday list and why?
  • Write about a small moment during one of your past birthdays when something went wrong. What happened, and how was the issue resolved?
  • Share the details of a typical birthday party but from the perspective of a candle.
  • Describe the absolute best birthday present you have ever received. How did getting it make you feel?
  • Using your five senses, describe the best birthday cake you have ever eaten.
  • Share the tradition of birthday cakes to an alien.
  • Sadly, you were the only child from your class not invited to a birthday party. Describe how you would handle this situation. How do you feel?
  • Give detailed instructions for how to have the best birthday party ever.
  • List all the words (2-letter, 3-letter, 4-letter, 5-letter, 6-letter, and 7-letter) that you can make using the letters from the term birthday. 
  • Explain how to make someone feel special on his or her birthday.
  • Write a funny story about celebrating your pet’s birthday.
  • You are in charge of planning a birthday party for a relative. Describe how it will be. Who will you invite, what entertaining activities will you have, when will the party occur, where will it happen, which party favors will you give out, and what types of food will you have?
  • Create a story using these words: surprise, friends, birthday, rain
  • Write 12 words associated with birthdays. Then compose a poem that includes the words.
  • Share the three best things about a birthday. Provide specific details.  
  • During an outside birthday party, your helium balloons begin to fly away. As you run to grab them, you get carried away with them. Describe the adventures you experience as you float around in the sky.
  • Describe what a place looks like after a fun-filled birthday party.
  • Retell the events of your most memorable birthday party. Use the 5ws + H to help generate details.
  • Write about your most memorable birthday ever. What made it so special?
  • February 29th happens once every four years. How would you celebrate your birthday if you were born during leap year? Would you celebrate every year or every four years?
  • Create or share a funny story about a birthday party where blowing out the candles is a challenge.
  • Write a story about a group of friends breaking a piñata.
  • Compare and contrast a cake versus a cupcake. Write you response in paragraph form.
  • Describe confetti to someone who has never experienced it.
  • Imagine that it’s your birthday, and a fairy is granting you any superpower for the next 24 hours. Which superpower will you choose and why?
  • In paragraph form, explain the purpose of wrapping paper.
  • Write a poem about a birthday celebration.
  • As you’re responding to one of the birthday-themed writing prompts in class, your pencil suddenly turns into a birthday candle. Write what happens next.
  • Write a few similes or metaphors to describe a birthday cake.
  • Design a bumper sticker to advertise your birthday.
  • What is your favorite way to spend your birthday and why?

Final Thoughts

Now you have a treasure-trove of birthday writing prompts to use for various writing activities.

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