How-To Writing Prompts for Kids (With List of How-To Books)

Practice procedural writing with your kindergarten and elementary-aged students using these fun how-to writing prompts.

Because of the deep connections your learners will have with these how-to topics, they’ll be excited to showcase their blossoming writing skills.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • How to care for a dog
  • How to care for a cat
  • How to be a good brother or sister
  • how to make a sandwich
  • How to care for a fish
  • How to make a mess
  • How to cross the street safely
  • How to be a good child to your parents
  • How to keep your bedroom organized
  • How to eat an Oreo cookie
  • How to behave in the library
  • How to line up after recess
  • How to behave during an assembly

How-To Writing Prompts (Elementary)

  • How to stand up to a bully
  • How to be a great friend
  • How to show gratitude
  • How to make good grades
  • How to make your favorite snack
  • How to make a snowman
  • How to tie a shoe
  • How to eat a Reese’s Pieces Buttercup
  • How to make a milkshake
  • How to whistle
  • How to ask for forgiveness from someone you hurt
  • How to show the teacher that you appreciate her/him
  • How to be yourself
  • How to love yourself
  • How to write a text message
  • How to stay entertained without using any electronic devices
  • How to comb your hair
  • How to blow up a balloon
  • How to organize your desk
  • How to do a cartwheel or back flip
  • How to eat by oneself confidently
  • How to relax
how to book for kids kindergarten

Procedural Writing Prompts

  • Explain how to check out a book from the library.
  • Explain how to exit safely during a fire drill.
  • Explain how to decorate a Christmas tree.
  • Explain how to decorate an Easter egg.
  • Explain how to play your favorite board game.
  • Explain how to care for a pet.
  • Explain how to pack for a vacation.
  • Explain how to ride a bike.
  • Explain how to write a good paragraph.
  • Explain how care for a plant.
  • Explain how to plant a flower.
  • Explain how to use context clues to figure out an unfamiliar word when reading.
  • Explain how to multiply one-digit numbers.
  • Explain how to conduct a science experiment.
  • Explain how to carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.
  • Explain how to use a self-service checkout at the grocery store.
  • Explain how to make a bed.
  • Explain how to play a musical instrument.
  • Explain how to wash dishes.
  • Share how to pass a test.
  • Explain how to make a paper airplane.
  • Explain how to floss your teeth.
  • Explain how to use an app on your cell phone.
  • Explain how to get dressed.
  • Share how to train a dog.
  • Explain how to wash your hands properly.
  • Explain how to plan a surprise birthday party.
  • Explain how to make pizza or a favorite dish.
  • Explain how to play your favorite sport.
  • Explain how to create your favorite art project.

If you found these procedural and how-to writing prompts helpful, you might also be interested in … list of how-to books for kids.