The winter and holiday seasons are the perfect time to give your elementary students (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders) snowman writing prompts during writer’s workshop.
While Santa, his reindeer, Christmas trees, presents, and even the Grinch receive much of the attention during this time of the year, what’s winter without the snowman?!
So activate your learners’ creative juices using the following snowman writing prompts, perfect for 2nd grade and up.
These story starters promote critical thinking, imagination, and appropriate application of writing skills.
For even more excitement and engagement, carve out time in your teaching week to allow students to present their stories during author’s chair.
Related: More creative writing prompts for kids coming soon!
Snowman Writing Prompts for Elementary Kids
While winter is the most obvious time to use snowman writing prompts, you can definitely use them any time of the year.
So bookmark this list of prompts to have on hand as you plan for writer’s workshop.
Note: You may want to spend a day or two modeling for your elementary students appropriate application of writing strategies using one of these snowman writing prompts.
It’s important for students to see you “think aloud” your writing processes and the manner in which you use imagination.
Story Starter Prompts: Narrative
- You’re proud of the snowman that you built yesterday in front of your house. This morning, however, you notice that the snowman’s carrot nose is missing. The next day, his scarf is gone. Each day after that, another item disappears. What’s going on?! Write a mystery story that describes what’s happening with the disappearing items, and give details about how the mystery was solved.
- Imagine that you have a snowman friend that will spend a day with you at school. Write a story about this adventurous day. Include any challenges you two will face plus how you’ll overcome them.
- Your doorbell rings. You answer the door and standing there is a snowman who is slowly melting. You yell into the house, “There is a snowman at the door and he is melting!” Complete the rest of the story.
- Retell your favorite Disney movie with one change: the prince is a snowman.
- Setting: Antarctica, Characters: Frosty the Snowman and his family, Problem/Plot: ?, Solution: ? – You’ve been provided the setting and characters. Now complete the story, providing a problem along with the solution. Be as creative and imaginative as you’d like.
- You’re just about finished decorating your snowman. As you place the carrot for his nose, the snowman magically begins to speak. Continue the story.
More Narrative Snowman Writing Prompts
- Each night before you go to bed, you look out of your bedroom window to gaze up at the stars. One night, as you’re observing, you notice that the snowman placed on the front lawn is gone! The next morning, it’s back. At night, however, he has disappeared once again. This continues to happen day after day, night after night. Write a story about the night adventures of your magical snowman.
- As you awaken after a good night’s rest, you quickly realize that you’re no longer human. You’ve turned into a snowman! Suddenly, a winter fairy whispers into your ear, telling you that you’ll be a snowman for the next 24 hours. Write a story detailing your adventures as a snowman.
- Frosty is a magical snowman who grants wishes to kids who’ve been good all year. Complete the following story starter about a young boy or girl who finally receives his/her Christmas wish from Frosty. Once upon a time in the village of Happiness and Joy, …
- In the great wilderness of Alaska, there have been numerous sightings throughout the years of Snowzilla, a friendly beast. Ancient storytellers say he’s a giant, harmless snowman who roams the forests. Create a story about the legend of Snowzilla.
Winter Writing Prompts: Informational
- Frosty the Snowman is concerned because the spring season is quickly approaching, and he must soon make travel plans to move to a colder climate anywhere in the world so that he doesn’t melt away. Step-by-step, share the process he must take in researching and actually relocating to his new destination.
- You’re an author for a popular children’s publishing company and wish to write a biography about Frosty the Snowman. Draft his biography, and be sure to include the following information: birth date, place of birth, family information, childhood experiences, hobbies, significant achievements, challenges overcome in life, etc. Use your imagination and creativity to write Frosty’s biography. Sprinkle in humor if you wish.
- You, Frosty, and two of his snow friends are going to Disney World. Explain which theme park will be the ideal setting for Frosty and his friends. Which Disney character will you be sure Frosty gets to meet?
- You’re a reporter and will have the opportunity to interview Frosty about his life as a snowman. Write a script with a list of questions you’ll ask him along with his responses. If you need, use the 5 Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How?) to help generate questions. Be as imaginative and creative as you’d like.
- For the past 3 years, you’ve succeeded at being the neighborhood’s snowman-building contest champ! This year, however, you’re grounded and have to sit this one out. Explain to your best friend using specific details how he or she can win the snowman building contest.
More Explanatory Snowman Writing Prompts
- If you were a snowman, what gift requests would be on your Christmas list and why?
- You own a “pet snowman” who has gone missing. You are desperate to find him. Draft a “Snowman Lost” advertisement describing what he looks like. Include any additional information that would help a stranger identify your beloved pet. Use your creativity and imagination to create a cool ad!
- You have been turned into a snowman. You can only become human again once you explain why winter games are better than summer games.
- Explain Christmas to a very young snowman.
- Write at least 2 to 3 paragraphs comparing and contrasting a snowman to 2 other holiday iconic figures (e.g Santa Claus, reindeer, elf, gingerbread man, Jesus, Christmas tree, etc.). Provide clear details.
- Frosty has won a trip to visit another holiday. Other than Christmas, name the holiday that you think Frosty would enjoy the most and explain why.
- In a few weeks, you’re opening a new restaurant in Snowvilla, a small town inhabited solely by snowmen. Share a list of the food choices that will be on your restaurant menu. Categorize foods by breakfast, lunch/dinner, desserts, and beverages. Include a description of each menu item. Be as imaginative and creative as you like.
- One of a snowman’s favorite meals is a snowburger. This special burger can be made many different ways. Describe step-by-step how you would make this delicious burger so that it is totally like no other.
- In some countries (e.g. Argentina, Australia), the Christmas/holiday season falls during the countries’ respective summer months. Instead of a snowman, many flock to the beaches and build “sandmans”. With the help of the image below, list detailed steps telling how you’d build and decorate a Christmas or holiday sandman.
Snowman Story Starters: Persuasive
- You’d like to bring the people in your neighborhood closer. The goal is to do so by hosting a snowman building contest. Write a letter, speech, or create a flyer convincing families in your community to sign-up for the snowman building contest. Be persuasive by providing clear and detailed reasons why they might like to participate.
- On a Saturday morning, your family is relaxing at home after a week of heavy snow. You’re bored and decide to build a snowman. Write a detailed email, letter, or a series of text messages trying to convince one or more of your family members to help you build a snowman. Be sure to provide clear reasons as to why you’d like them to do so.
- Pretend you’re Frosty the Snowman. You’re beyond bored of standing still in front of someone’s house day in and day out. You desire a bit more adventure. Write a letter to Santa Claus persuading him to take you along on Christmas Eve as he delivers gifts to kids. The more detailed and clear your reasons, the greater the chance Santa will say yes. So be very convincing!
Snowman Writing Prompts: Descriptive
- Describe how our lives would change if everyone in the world was a snowman or snow woman.
- You plan to mail snowman-themed holiday cards to your friends and family. Write a kind message that shows appreciation for their love and/or friendship. For a challenge, include a phrase or two with a “play on words” such as “You’re COOL!” or “I’m SNOW happy to know you!” Be as imaginative and creative as you’d like.
- Imagine what a snowman’s family would be like. Describe in detail each member of his family, and explain what activities they enjoy doing together.
- Sketch a snowman. Then write at least 2 paragraphs describing your unique creation.
- Using all 5 senses, describe in detail a snowman.
- Frosty has requested a gift bag of cold treats to eat for the holiday. Describe all of the delicious freezer treats that you are going to put in his bag.
- Describe a trip to McDonald’s from a snowman’s point of view.
- Frosty the Snowman has invited you to his igloo home to meet his family. Describe what you see, hear, taste, touch, and/or smell while there. Be as descriptive and imaginative as you’d like.
- Create a snowman or snow woman superhero. What are his/her super powers? Write a fantasy story about his/her heroic adventures.
- Describe using clear details how to build and decorate the perfect snowman. Be sure to use transition words as appropriate.
More Winter-Themed Writing Prompts
- Write a combination of similes and metaphors to describe a snowman. See examples of kid-friendly metaphors and examples of kid-friendly similes if you need help.
- List all the words (2-letter, 3-letter, 4-letter, 5-letter, and 6-letter) that you can make using the letters from the term snowman.
- S.N.O.W.M.A.N – Create an acrostic poem using the word snowman.
- Wild Card Prompt: Create any story or piece of writing you’d like about a snowman. Your writing piece can be a comedy, mystery, fantasy, tall tale, poetry, comic, persuasive, informative, etc. Be as creative and imaginative as you’d like.
Snowman Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love
Celebrate the winter and/or holiday season with these fun snowman writing prompts.
By using them, you’ll encourage your elementary learners to think critically, show off their blossoming writing skills, and engage their creativity to new heights.
Writer’s workshop just became a bit more exciting!