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6 Fun Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

Inside: Summer writing ideas for kids to keep them writing all summer long!

It is officially summer!

When planning summer with my kids, I want to do lots of fun activities and make memories together! Swimming, splash pads, camping, s’mores, popsicles, playing outside, ALL the fun things!

I also like to incorporate some summer review activities to help my kids avoid the summer slide. But what I DON’T want is my kids feeling like they still have to do hours of school all summer long… No kid wants that!

Any review or catch-up I do with my kids this summer MUST be fun and engaging and pack a good punch in a short amount of time. 

One of my go-to summer review activities is summer writing. I like to do is have my kids write stories, letters, poems, and comic books, really there are so many writing possibilities! I have made a list of summer writing ideas for kids to keep them writing all summer long!

Girl laying on floor writing- Summer Writing Ideas For Kids

Create a Summer Story

Kick off summer writing by having them write a narrative. Start by talking with your kid(s) about storytelling. Some examples of narrative writing include stories, movies, jokes, and fairy tales. 

Ask them what kind of things they read about in a story. Discuss that a story (or a narrative) has five things:

  • Plot: the events that happen
  • Setting: where it takes place
  • Character: who/what is it about
  • Conflict: what is the problem that needs to be solved
  • Theme: what are you supposed to learn from reading it

Now you can explain to them that those five things can all happen in different ways:

  • The way a story is told can be different in each book (narrator style)
  • The order in which things happen can be different (ex: chronological order)
  • The person telling the story may be a character (1st person) or someone just telling a story (3rd person). This is called point of view.

After discussing these things with your kid(s), have them write their own story. There are so many fun summer topics that they could choose. Here are a few ideas from our Summer Learning Packets (there are tons more summer writing ideas in the packets!):

  • Favorite Summer Memory: Write a story about your favorite summer memory. Who was there? Where did it take place? How did it happen? How did things end?
  • Summer Treats: Write a story that has to do with your favorite summer treat of all time!
  • Summer Road Trip Flat Tire: Write a story about a family on a road trip- and their car gets a flat tire! What happens next?
  • Or have your kids pick their own! 

When they finish writing their summer story, have them draw a picture to go along with it.

Learn & write about a new skill

Ask them to think of something they would like to learn about. Have them think about WHAT they want to know about that topic. Let them share what they want to learn about and then together take the time to learn about it!

A few summer writing ideas for kids you could consider: 

  • How to NOT get a sunburn
  • How to build a sandcastle
  • How to catch a fish
  • How to run a lemonade stand

Afterward, give them some paper and have them write their own “how-to.” Then, once they have learned and written about a new skill, you could try out their new knowledge for a fun summer adventure!

Use O.R.E.O’s

Kids have lots of opinions, they will love writing about them! Here are a few topic ideas for opinion writing:

  • What is your favorite board game to play?
  • What do you like to do in the water when you go swimming?
  • Who is your favorite sports player?
  • Where is the best place to go for dessert?

Or as another summer writing idea, ask your kid(s) to think of something they like that someone else may not like. Have them think about WHAT it is they like about it. Ask them their reasons for their opinion. Then, have your kid(s) give some examples of their reasons.

I like using an O.R.E.O graphic organizer for opinion writing:

  • Opinion- share your opinion 
  • Reason- give reasons for your opinion
  • Example- share examples to support your reasons and opinion
  • Opinion- restate your opinion

Then after using your summer writing time for O.R.E.O, enjoy Oreos together!

Write a Poem

Try writing a summer-themed “Acrostic Poem”. An acrostic poem uses the letters of a word to write a poem. Each letter stands for another word or short phrase. A quick example looks something like this:

  • Dog
    • Delightful
    • Outside loving
    • Good friend

Write one with your kid(s). Then turn it over to them to write their own poem. Have them choose the name of a person or animal, or their own name.

I like to have my kids think of at least 2 possible words for each letter when they brainstorm. Then they pick their favorite word and to write the main poem. 

Keep In Touch With a Summer Pen Pal

Have them write to a friend or family member that they already know. Or Scary Mommy has a great list of ideas of ways to find a pen pal for your kids.

Start by talking to your kid(s) about some ways you can communicate with someone without being in the same place as them. (Ex: internet, phone, letter). Then explain that writing letters is another way to communicate and a great way to show someone we care. 

Teach them 5 parts of the formal letter format  

  • Date (in the top corner)
  • Greeting (Ex. Dear Mom,)
  • Body (Main text of letter)
  • Closing (Love, Sincerely, From, etc.)
  • Signature (Your name!)

As with all of the other summer writing ideas for kids, they should use their best grammar, punctuation, and spelling.  And be sure to use the proper letter writing format they just learned!

Design a Comic Book 

Read a few comics from the newspaper, or a graphic novel together. Talk together about how comics and graphic novels are made, discuss things like:

  • Picture and text
  • Exclamatory words 
  • Conversational text 
  • Frames
  • Characters
  • Speech bubbles

Have them write their own summer stories….. comic book style! They will need to think of a story that has several things that happened during their story for their comic.

Our Summer Learning Packets have summer-themed comic book pages premade, they are so cute! Or you can simply have them design their own. 

Keep Writing All Year With 36 Weeks of Writing Prompts

Our 36 Weeks of Writing Prompts Practice is great for parents and homeschoolers who want structured writing practice at home. This will help keep kids’ writing skills sharp by reviewing them each week! They should take no longer than a few minutes, so they are easy to fit into your schedule while packing a powerful punch.

This writing skills practice covers the four main types of writing, narrative, informative, opinion, and descriptive. Each type of writing contains 9 prompts that can last an entire week. However, you may choose to complete the prompt in one day depending on what works best for you and your family.

Want more summer learning ideas? Check out some of my other blog posts

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