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Summer Writing Prompt Activities

50 Writing Prompts Celebrating Summer*

doodles-ave-summer-writing-promptSummer is finally here…let’s get writing.

In these 50 new journal prompts, kids will consider their favorite summer activities and their ideal summer days. They’ll think about the feelings they get on the day before school starts and the fun they had during summer’s first week.

1. Where is your favorite place to go during the summer?

2. Write about your ideal summer day. What does it include?

3. What is your favorite family summer tradition?

4. Choose five words to describe your summer. Why does each word fit your experience?

5. Plan a “stay-cation” for the last week of summer. What will you do?

6. Did you spend much time with friends this summer? What did you do together?

7. What is the best way to celebrate the end of summer?

8. What is your favorite summer memory?

9. How did you spend most of your summer?

10. Do you get to stay up late during the summer? What do you do with the extra time?

11. Have you ever gone to a summer camp? What was it like? If you haven’t been to a summer camp, write a fictional story about your ideal experience.

12. How do you prepare to go back to school?

13. What are you most excited to do when school starts?

14. How did you spend the Fourth of July?

15. How do you feel when summer ends?

16. What did you do on the first day of summer?

17. What would you do if summer lasted all year long?

18. Write a poem describing the last day of summer.

19. Have you ever had a summer job or done something to make money during the summer? Write about your experience or brainstorm money-making vacation ideas.

20. What are the best summer activities in our city?

21. How many times did you go swimming this summer? Write about your favorite memory at the pool.

22. Plan a different fun thing to do for each day of the last week of summer, and write about your experiences at the end of each day.

23. Write a story about your summer. Include your favorite memories and lots of descriptions.

24. How did this summer compare to other summers?

25. Did you go on vacation this summer? Where did you go? What did you do?

26. What is your favorite thing to do outside during the summer?

27. What are the key ingredients of a memorable summer?

28. How are the beginning and the end of summer different from one another?

29. How would school vacations be different if they took place during the winter instead of the summer?

30. How will you spend the rest of summer?

31. What do you feel on the night before school starts?

32. Think of three fun summer activities. Can you do any of them before the school year starts?

33. If you could spend a summer anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

34. What is your favorite summer holiday?

35. Does your family have any special rules during the summer?

36. What do you like to do on the last day of summer?

37. Are you looking forward to going back to school?

38. Write a poem that celebrates summer.

39. What is your favorite summer treat?

40. Is it better to be inside or outside during the summer?

41. Write a letter to a family member describing your summer. Don’t forget to ask what he or she did!

42. What are some special things to do during the summer?

43. What is the best part of summer?

44. Should teachers assign summer homework? Why or why not?

45. How do you know when summer has arrived?

46. What is the most exciting thing you did all summer?

47. What does it feel like when summer starts to end?

48. Which summer month is best? Why?

49. Did you keep a journal this summer? Why or why not? If so, did it help you remember your favorite events?

50. Write about summer using all five senses to describe the way you feel during the season.

Click the above image to download the template. Enjoy! 


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Finding Dory

Finding Dory is almost here!

The animated film reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this beautifully illustrated hardcover Big Golden Book that’s based on the film.

Click the links below to download the doodle coloring sheets.

Finding Dory Characters
Marlon and Dory
Mr. Ray



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Beach Fun -Coloring Sheet and Craft

One of my favorite activities as a kid was to play in the sand on the beach. Enjoy my Beach Sand Bucket Coloring Sheet!

Another Cool Summer Craft-Activity is the Sandy Hand Mosaic.

Total Time Needed:
2-3 Hours

On your next trip to the shore, add plaster of paris to your beach bag so that your kids can preserve their sandy treasures in a handy display.

  • Beach treasures, such as shells, rocks, and sea glass (no seaweed)
  • 1 1/2 cups plaster of paris in a quart-size resealable bag
  • Water (salt water or fresh water)
  • Chopstick
  • Wood (we used driftwood)
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  1. Sandy Hand Mosaic: Step 1 Have your child press his hand into damp, hard-packed sand, making a 2-inch-deep impression.
  2. Sandy Hand Mosaic: Step 2 Line the handprint with treasures, taking care to set them lightly without pressing them too deeply into the sand.
  3. Sandy Hand Mosaic: Step 3 Add 1 cup of water to the bag of plaster of paris. Seal the bag and knead it to combine the two. Carefully pour the wet plaster into the palm of the handprint, covering the inlaid items.
  4. Sandy Hand Mosaic: Step 4 Use a chopstick to push the plaster into the fingers and thumb. Add more plaster to the palm as needed.
  5. Sandy Hand Mosaic: Step 5 Set the chopstick in place with 2 inches of one end submerged in the plaster.
  6. Sandy Hand Mosaic: Step 6 Let the plaster set until it’s hard, at least 30 minutes. To remove the hand, carefully dig out the sand from around the plaster, then slowly lift the hand up by the chopstick handle. Wrap your project in a towel to transport it. For a tabletop display, drill a hole 2 inches deep and a little wider than your chopstick into a piece of wood. Insert the chopstick handle, and secure it with wood glue, if needed.