Choose the main character, setting, and plotline
Once you have an idea for a story, you need to choose the main character, setting, and plotline. These are the basic elements that your story will be built around.
The main character
One of the most important aspects of writing a story for kids is creating believable and interesting characters. The main character is the person or animal who is doing the action in the story. You need to decide what this character's goals are and how they will achieve them. Kids need characters that they can relate to and root for. It's also important to make your characters likable, so the reader will want to see them succeed.
The setting is where and when the story takes place. It's important to choose a location that kids will be interested in, such as outer space or a magical kingdom. You can also add in some interesting details about the setting to keep kids engaged. For example, you can mention the different creatures that live in the forest or the colors of the sky at sunset.
When creating your plot, you will need to consider the age of your audience. Younger children might not be interested in complex stories with intricate plot lines. They would rather read a story about a character who goes on an adventure or learns a lesson. Older kids might enjoy a story with more complex themes and action. It's important to find the right balance for your particular audience.
When writing a story for kids, you also need to keep in mind the three-act structure. This is the basic framework that most stories follow. The first act introduces the characters and sets up the conflict. The second act is the climax of the story, where the conflict is resolved. The third act wraps up the story and provides a resolution.
You don't need to follow this structure exactly, but it can be helpful to keep in mind as you write.