Summer Writing Prompts for Elementary and Middle School

Celebrate warm weather, vacations, and sun with these fun plus creative summer writing prompts for kids.

Great for first grade to middle school, these summer journal writing prompts encourage students to heighten their creativity and practice writing skills.

Summer Writing Prompts for 1st Grade

  • Write about the perfect summer day or activity. 
  • You’re sitting on the beach relaxing. Using your five senses plus the 5Ws + H (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How) describe what you see.
  • Compare your life during summer break to when school is in session.
  • Sketch a cool-looking sandcastle. Then write one to two paragraphs describing your unique creation. 
  • List all the words (2-letter, 3-letter, 4-letter, and 5-letter) that you can make using the letters from the term summer. 
  • Compare and contrast summer and winter. Write a paragraph or two about their characteristics. 
  • Sketch a picture of what it looks like under the ocean. Now write a detailed paragraph or two about your drawing. 
  • Write a letter convincing your parents to take you to a waterpark every weekend this summer.
  • Describe your favorite outside summer game or activity.
  • Someone gave you a pair of magic beach sandals. When you put them on, you start to fly over the ocean. Write about your adventures.
  • Pretend that you are in charge of a lemonade stand. Describe the steps for making lemonade plus the types of customers you serve daily.
  • Compare and contrast winter and summer clothes.
  • Describe safety tips children and adults should follow when riding a bike.

Summer Writing Prompts for Elementary

  • Pretend that you have a special watermelon that contains magical seeds. When you eat any of the seeds, crazy things start to happen to you. Complete the story.
  • Come up with a social media hashtag for summer. What ideas, events, adventures, or activities will your hashtag represent?
  • Write a detailed letter, email, or a series of text messages convincing your sibling to accompany you to the local park for a swim. Provide clear reasons as to why you’d like him to join you.  
  • Yikes! The air conditioner is broken in your home. What will you and your family do in order to stay cool until it’s fixed?
  • Give step-by-step instructions for how to make a sandcastle.
  • Write 10 words related to summer. Now compose a poem that includes these words.
  • Oh no! There’s a blizzard brewing in the middle of summer. What will your family do to prep for this bizarre storm?
  • Describe the perfect fireworks show.
  • Write an article for the school newspaper giving tips for staying consistent with reading plus practicing math facts during summer break.
  • In two to three paragraphs, share in detail what you think are the three best things about summer.
  • Pretend that you go to grandma’s house every summer. This year, however, you want to instead attend summer camp with your friends. Convince your parents to allow you to go to summer camp.
  • Using the 5Ws + H, describe one memorable experience from last summer.
  • Describe the best 4th of July summer picnic that you can imagine. Who’s there? What foods do you eat? What activities are you all doing?
  • Write a letter to the principal convincing her why summer school should be canceled this year. Provide persuasive reasons that will make it difficult for her to disagree with your stance.

Middle School

  • You and your best friend are in charge of designing a new theme park. Describe your new park to someone so that they will be excited to visit when it opens.
  • Write about a usual day from the prospective of a grain of sand.
  • Create any story you would like about summer. Your writing piece can be a comedy, mystery, fantasy, tall tale, poem, comic, etc.
  • You and your family go camping. There are no cell phones or devices. Describe how you all will stay entertained. Provide lots of details.
  • Describe the experience of flying on an airplane to someone who has never flown before.
  • Write a story that centers around these words: vacation, road-trip, passport, airplane, sightseeing.
  • Brainstorm any sport you like that involves a ball. Now think…if the ball could talk, what would it tell you about it’s life? Be specific and as creative as you’d like. 
  • You’ve been chosen as a camp counselor. Describe what fun recreational activities you’ll perform with the elementary-aged attendees.
  • Write a letter to a relative persuading him or her to visit you this summer. What events, monuments, special places, and attractions will you two visit?
  • S.U.M.M.E.R – Create an acrostic poem using the word summer. 
  • Draft a travel guide for kids to encourage them to visit your town or city during the summer months. Describe must-see destinations.
  • One of the worst things about summer is humidity. Write about a time when muggy weather caused an event or experience in your life to turn out not-so-well.
  • Imagine that you and your family will take a road-trip across the United States this summer. Describe what type of sightseeing you plan to experience. What places, states, and cities are must-sees?

If you liked these summer writing prompts, you might also like to viewfun spring writing prompts