61 Delightful 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 the “summer slide” phenomenon.

That’s where these summer writing prompts come in.

Whether you want students to wind down at the end of the school year, welcome summer, or just keep their writing skills sharp during the vacation months, these high-interest summer writing prompts will come in handy.

Summer Writing Prompts

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. 

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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 on how to build 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 prepare for this bizarre storm?

summer writing prompts
summer writing prompts

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 perspective of a grain of sand.

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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 its life?

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

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

38. 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. Compose a poem about the summer sun.

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

42. Share the pros and cons of playing out in the summer sun.

43. Describe what your city or town looks like during the summer months.

44. Write a recipe for a yummy ice cream sundae.

45. Create a story about a pair of flip-flops that competes in a competition with a pair of high heels.

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46. Explain the importance of knowing how to swim.

47. Write a story that takes place at the beach.

48. Draft a letter to a pen pal, telling what kinds of things you like to do during the summer. Also, ask about their summer interests.

49. Draft a book recommendation about the last nonfiction book you read.

50. Write a how-to manual that explains to students how to stay safe during the summer.

51. Create a series of math word problems with a summer theme.

52. Summarize your favorite summer reading book.

53. Create a summer menu that helps to keep people cool and energized. Explain why you chose the dishes.

54. Explain how to play a fun outdoor game.

55. Write a newspaper article about a recent event that happened in your community.

56. If you were to create a travel guide about your city or town, what information would you include in it and why?

57. Write about a usual day from the perspective of a pair of sunglasses.

58. Would you rather swim in the ocean or in a swimming pool? Why?

59. If you could spend your summer any way you like, what would you do and why?

60. Write a letter to a character from a book you read last school year.

61. Share the details of your favorite summer memory.

62. Write ten facts and five opinions about your summer vacation.

Final Thoughts

Help students keep their writing ideas and skills sharp using these fun summer writing prompts.

These summer-themed writing prompts are a great way to occupy time during those relaxing summer months.

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