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Imagine you and your parents have stopped off at the service station for petrol. You go in for some sweets and when you come out, they have driven off. Write about what happens next. If you could eat anything you liked, what would you have for breakfast and what would you have for dinner tomorrow? Remember, you can have anything! What would be the best thing about being sent 100 years into the future?
What do you most like about yourself? If you could invent a new subject to study at school, what would it be? Think about the best holiday you ever had. Really think, close your eyes if you need to.
Now tell me what was the reason it was so good? Write about someone having to face up to their biggest fear. If you could have your double as a friend, describe what pranks you could play on people. You can be any age for one day only. What age would you like to be and what would you do? If you and your best friend had the whole of your school to yourself for the day, what would you do?
If your house was on fire and you could save only one possession, what would you choose and why? If your mum was describing you to her friend, what would she say? Describe a day in the life of your pet. If you don’t have a pet, invent one and do not forget to give it a name! Give me some new laws!
Tell me about a time when you have been very, very embarrassed. Imagine a boy called Simon Sneaky grinning from his hiding place as he watched his teacher getting on a bicycle. This should be really funny, he thought. Pretend your Grandpa has told you not to use his special shampoo, but you did. Write about what terrible things might happen to your hair! Re-write the story of Snow White, but make her very wicked rather than good. Think of something you do not like doing now, but might like when you are grown up.
Describe someone you know who is very different from you. Tell me about something near where you live which is no longer there. Ask your parents to tell you about something that happened to you as a baby. The write the story as though you can remember it using ‘I’. I remember sitting in my cot one day when a big dog came in. Describe your favourite place to eat out and what you like to order. Imagine a relation you’d never met before was coming to stay at your house for a whole year.
This person is the same age as you but has never even been to your country. Now write an imaginary letter telling them what to expect. You might want to include details about your home, the area you live in, etc. Try to re-assure them that they will like living with your family. Pretend your local newspaper has asked you to write about your favourite hobby. Write an article that would really make other people want to do what you do. Describe something really strange and weird that might take place in your neighbourhood whilst everyone is asleep.
Imagine there is one dinosaur still alive, it has been hiding out of sight all these years and now asks you for help. Imagine if you started growing half a metre every day! If the sky fell down, what would you see underneath? Imagine you have had to wear a huge, furry coat all day in the baking hot sun. Now, using all your senses, describe what it would be like to take that coat off and walk into the sea. Describe a fun thing you do as a family. Tell me about a time when you were really scared, but everything turned out fine in the end.