41 Excellent Summer Writing Prompts for Students

Celebrate warm weather, vacations, and sun with these fun summer writing prompts for students.

Though summer is a time for rest and relaxation, you may want students to keep practicing their writing skills in order to prevent “summer slide”.

That’s where these summer writing prompts come in.

Pencil into your lesson plans this week a few of these high-interest summer writing prompts!

Related: 4th of July writing prompts, July writing prompts

Summer Writing Prompts

The following summer writing prompts are great for all ages.

1. Write about the perfect summer day or activity. 

2. You’re sitting on the beach relaxing. Describe what you see.

3. Compare your life during summer break to when school is in session.

4. Sketch a cool-looking sandcastle. Then write one to two paragraphs describing your unique creation. 

5. List all the words (2-letter, 3-letter, 4-letter, and 5-letter) that you can make using the letters from the term summer. 

6. Compare and contrast summer and winter.

7. Sketch a picture of what it looks like under the ocean. Now write a paragraph about your drawing. 

8. Write a letter convincing your parents to take you to a waterpark every weekend this summer.

9. Describe your favorite outside summer game or activity.

10. 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.

11. Compare and contrast winter and summer clothes.

12. Describe safety tips children and adults should follow when riding a bike.

13. Describe the steps for having a lemonade stand plus the types of customers you serve daily.

14. 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.

15. Come up with a social media hashtag for summer. What ideas, events, adventures, or activities will your hashtag represent?

16. Write a letter persuading someone to accompany you to the local park for a swim.

17. 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?

18. Give step-by-step instructions for how to make a sandcastle.

19. Write 10 words related to summer. Now compose a poem that includes these words.

20. Oh no! There’s a blizzard brewing in the middle of summer. What will your family do to prep for this bizarre storm?

21. Describe the perfect fireworks show.

22. Write an article for the school newspaper giving tips for staying consistent with reading plus practicing math facts during summer break.

23. Share what you think are the three best things about summer.

24. Convince your parents to send you to summer camp instead of grandma’s this summer vacation.

25. Share one memorable experience from last summer.

26. 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?

27. What are the benefits of responding to summer writing prompts?

28. Write a letter to the principal convincing her why summer school should be canceled this year.

29. 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.

30. Write about a usual day from the prospective of a grain of sand.

31. Create any story you would like about summer.

32. You and your family go camping. There are no cell phones or devices. Describe how you all will stay entertained.

33. Describe the experience of flying on an airplane to someone who has never flown before.

34. Write a story that centers around these words: vacation, road-trip, passport, airplane, sightseeing.

35. 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?

36. You’ve been chosen as a camp counselor. Describe what fun recreational activities you’ll perform with the elementary-aged attendees.

37. Write a letter to a relative persuading him or her to visit you this summer.

38. S.U.M.M.E.R – Create an acrostic poem using the word summer. 

39. Draft a travel guide for kids to encourage them to visit your town or city during the summer months.

40. Write about a time when muggy weather caused an event or experience in your life to turn out not-so-well.

41. Imagine that you and your family will take a road-trip across the United States this summer.