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Elocution topics for kids

50+ ideas for children's speeches

Rainbow light bulb - 50 bright ideas for kid's speeches

These elocution topics for kids are a starting point to help select a suitable speech topic.

If you're a parent or teacher looking on behalf of a child, before making a final decision please do involve the person who is actually going to do the speaking - the child!

The best results come when the topic chosen is closely aligned with personal interests, passions and is "age-appropriate".

It's hard to be genuinely enthusiastic about, or sometimes understand, a topic that's been chosen for you - even if it was done for the best of reasons.



Elocution topics for kids

Why I am glad not to be ...

Use the sentence starter "Why I am glad not to be ..." to complete the sentence with the phrases below.

(Treat the rest of the sentence starters on the page in exactly the same way.)

  • living in the 19th century
  • a girl/boy
  • an only child
  • a famous person
  • blind/deaf/disabled
  • an insect/animal/fish/plant
  • on another planet
  • singing instead of speaking
  • in XXX {insert the name of a city, town, area or country}
  • rich/poor

I wish grownups would ...

  • remember what it was like when they were young
  • explain the reasons for telling me to do what they want
  • tell me more stories about themselves
  • stop being so serious
  • find more time to relax and play with me
  • help me understand why some things are the way they are
  • stop worrying about whether my face is clean and my shirt is tucked in
  • teach me the stuff I really want to know
  • invent a way to go back in time
  • explain why it is important to do things you don't really want to

What I would change if I could and why ...

  • racial disharmony
  • poverty
  • discrimination against women, caste or class differences
  • unequal educational opportunities
  • cultural misunderstanding
  • child labor
  • a historical event
  • the flow of time
  • my bed time
  • the law of gravity

I'm inspired by ... because ...

  • my mother/father or any other family member
  • a present day hero from any area: sports, culture, philosophy, arts (film, dance, theater, music, painter etc) medicine or any other branch of science, law, government, local ...
  • a latter day or historical hero from any area (as above)
  • a fictional or mythic hero from literature, film, TV or cultural tradition
  • nature - the seasons, mountains, deserts,rocks, caves, stars, solar system, rainbows, rivers, animals, birds, plants, flowers ...
  • art, film, TV, social media, the computer, music, sports of any sort, my hobby, my pet ...
  • humor - cartoons, clowns, jokes, pranks, a funny TV show or film, a comedian
  • an inventor or invention - the car, airplane, internet, electricity, telephone, a vaccine ...
  • movement of the wind, dancers, gymnastics, sea, rivers, cars, birds, runners ...
  • color - red, blue, green, orange, yellow, purple, white, black ...

What does it mean to be ...?

  • me
  • Indian, Hindu, Maori, English, American ...
  • loyal
  • a friend
  • proud
  • kind
  • courageous
  • a good student
  • a daughter/son
  • happy

In my family ...

  • birthdays are celebrated by ...
  • my father is king
  • the festival of XXX {insert the name of the festival} is important
  • breakfast is a rush because ...
  • we spend holidays doing ...
  • we are encouraged to ...
  • we never argue (much) ...
  • we play XXX {insert the name of the game} together
  • we frequently/always go to XXX {insert the name of the place}
  • my mother/grandmother/older sister/aunt always says ...

I'm fascinated by ...

  • extra-sensory perception
  • the way wedding traditions are different all over the world
  • the speed a fast bowler can achieve
  • the way some animals change their color to blend with their surroundings
  • thunderstorms and lightning
  • how chocolate is made
  • how weather is predicted
  • the skills of master craftsmen
  • language and why it's different depending on where you come from
  • how things are designed and made like cars, bicycles, mobile phones ...

What these sayings tell us about life is ...

  • A one eyed man is king amongst blind men
  • A cat in a cage becomes a lion
  • Empty vessels make the most noise
  • An idle brain is the devil's workshop
  • Barking dogs seldom bite
  • Fall down seven times, stand up eight
  • Once bitten, twice shy
  • Out of acorns grow mighty oaks
  • A rising tide lifts all boats
  • A book is a like a garden carried in a pocket


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