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Fun Summer Writing Activities for Kids (free printable)

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Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it also offers the perfect opportunity to encourage kids to do some summer writing and develop a love of writing! While many families do homeschool year-round (like us!), assignments are often more casual in the summer allowing kids to really explore their creativity and express their thoughts freely through writing activities.

Encouraging kids to write doesn’t have to be a chore. It doesn’t have to be something approached as an “official” lesson. It can totally be crafted into a fun & exciting activity that the kids actually look forward to!

There are a number of ways to integrate writing into those hot summer days, allowing the kids to hone their writing skills while enjoying themselves. How can you do this? Well, that’s what you’re here for, isn’t it?

Let’s get to it!

Importance of Summer Writing for Children

It’s no surprise that writing is an important skill. But, didja know that writing offers so many more benefits than “just” increasing fine motor skills? Yep! Encouraging the kids to write during the summer months not only keeps them engaged, but also offers a ton of benefits for their cognitive development, creativity, and imagination.

We’re all for that, right?!

Cognitive Development

When kids are actively engaging in summer writing activities, they’re not only improving their language skills, but they’re also honing their cognitive abilities. Through writing, kids learn to organize their thoughts, express themselves clearly, and even strengthen their problem-solving skills.

As much as the kids may (initially) dread writing, it’s worth the effort to get them to follow through with their writing exercises. After all, the cognitive benefits extend far beyond the act of writing.

“Who knows, kids? The problem-solving skills you’re learning now could help you to get to the next level in your video game!”

A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, you know? If mentioning video games is going to get the kids to write, by gosh, I’m gonna say it!

Creativity & Imagination

Summer writing activities can provide a fabulous opportunity for the kids to really let their creativity & imaginations loose! Putting pen (or pencil…or marker…or crayon…we’re not strict around here) to paper allows kids to create worlds, characters, and stories of their own, letting their creativity soar.

Whether they’re crafting a short story, writing a poem, writing to a pen pal or family member, or keeping a summer journal of their adventures, writing encourages kids to think outside the box while exploring the possibilities only they can imagine.

The key to all this? As parents, we need to offer regular opportunities for our kids to work on their summer writing exercises. Even better, let’s offer those opportunities in exciting & approachable ways.

We’ll chat more about that now, m’kay?

I totally prefer mechanical pencils over standard pencils, but…my kids are motivated by colorful & decorative pencils! If your kids are the same, it may be worth stocking up on a few to encourage summer writing!

Ways to Encourage Writing this Summer

The sun will be shining, the temps will be soaring, so let’s do what we can to create some cool writing activities for the kids!

See what I did there? Ha. I crack myself up.

Anyways, here are some awesome ways to get the kids writing this summer:

Engaging Writing Prompts

If your family likes to celebrate every day like we do, your kids might enjoy completing writing prompts about the National Days! I have printable prompts for every.single.day of the year, but the kids will likely enjoy:

In addition, I totally get that many kids, for one reason or another, may not feel comfortable writing. In that case, you may consider incorporating summer writing prompts in the form of conversation cards. Meant to encourage creative thinking & memory making, our conversation cards are a great option for an alternative form of creative writing. Like the writing prompts listed above, I also have them as conversation cards:

You could even show the kids summer-themed images and have them write a description or store about what’s going on in the image!

To get the ball rolling, you could also have the kids complete some fun, summer-themed writing prompts. These 5 summer writing prompts have been created with early learners in mind:

  1. Descripting Writing: Draw a picture of your favorite summer activity and then describe it. What do you see, hear, and feel when you are doing this activity?
  2. Persuasive Writing: Write a sentence or two to convince your parents to take you to the ice cream shop this summer. Why should they say yes?
  3. Narrative Writing: Write a short story about a day at the park with your best friend. What fun things do you do together?
  4. Informational Writing: Draw and label a picture of the things you need to bring to the beach. Write a sentence about why each item is important.
  5. Reflective Writing: Think about the best thing you did last summer. Draw a picture and write a sentence about why it was so much fun.

These 5 summer writing prompts have been created with upper-elementary age kids in mind:

  1. Descriptive Writing: Imagine you are at the perfect summer beach. Describe what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. Include as many details as you can to paint a vivid picture for your reader.
  2. Persuasive Writing: Write a letter to your parent persuading them to extend summer vacation by two weeks. Explain your reasons and how it would benefit the entire family.
  3. Narrative Writing: Write a story about an adventurous summer day where you discover a hidden treasure in your backyard. What do you find, and what happens next?
  4. Informational Writing: Research and write an article about the importance of staying hydrated during summer. Include tips on how to stay cool and safe in the hot weather.
  5. Reflective Writing: Think about your favorite summer memory. Reflect on why it is so special to you, what you learned from the experience, and how it has influenced your feelings about summer.

Creating a Writing Space

The kids gotta be set up for success, you know? While you could totally set up a space for the kids, I’m totally going to recommend letting them help out! Allowing them to help design their summer writing space will help to give the kids a sense of ownership over their education and can help to get them excited to write.

There are a number of ways you all could go about creating a productive writing space. Here are a few ideas:

Because we’re focusing on summer writing activities in this article, I must also mention…have the kids write outside! If it’s too warm, you could always set up a fan, but how inspiring would it be to write while listening to the birds singing?!

Heck, I may even set up a writing space for myself now! Ohh! Maybe I can get one of those macramé chairs swing from the ceiling?

Incorporating Technology

Here’s where the former special education teacher makes an appearance in this article. All of our kids are different, so some may not do well with physically writing. No worries!

Instead of having the kids physically write down their answers to summer writing prompts or such, consider incorporating a text-to-speech app into your activity! Did you know that Google has a “type with your voice” option within their docs? It’s so cool!

You could also incorporate technology into your summer writing activities by:

Make Writing Fun with this Freebie!

Remember that freebie I mentioned a bit ago? Well, it’s time to get to it!

When I was younger, I remember my Nana would sometimes give me “fancy” stationary that I could use to write to my penpal (Abby from Anaheim, California…I remember you!). The paper would come from her visit to the dollar store or would even come from some secret stockpile of stationary from the 60s & 70s. Some I used, some I kept, but I loved all of it!

These days, “fancy” paper can be expensive. Everything is expensive and I really don’t want you guys having to put out the big bucks to buy fancy paper for your kids so…I made you some summer-themed printable writing paper!

Given as a bundle of two papers (one with standard lines, one with early-learning lines), there are 20 different summer-themed designs. All bright, happy colors that remind us of the sunny days of summer!

To get the bundle of printable summer writing stationary, just fill out the form below and the PDFs will be sent right to your inbox.

Parental Involvement & Support

I could provide suggestions and freebies for an entire year’s worth of homeschooling, but it’s not going to make any difference unless you’re right there offering your child positive reinforcement, motivation, and support. Need some tips on getting involved with your child’s summer writing activities? I gotchu!

Create a Positive Atmosphere

When you help your child to create a designated writing space, like I mentioned above, you’re creating a positive atmosphere! If your child is struggling with an idea or having trouble with punctuation, spelling, etc., it’s better to be supportive than reactive.

Providing positive reinforcement will likely work wonders for your child’s motivation, self-esteem, and for your parent-child relationship.

Here’s another silly image you could use for a writing prompt! How can a dog even walk in flip flops?!

Acknowledge Progress

Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it?! Nope! Writing is an ever-evolving skills (speaking as an elder-millennial blogger, I have a bit of experience with this) and acknowledging the progress your child makes will only boost their confidence and encourage them to write even more!

Set Realistic Expectations & Goals

As you’re setting up your summer writing activities & goals, let’s keep this in mind: it’s summer. Even if you do homeschool year-round, I always feel like summer is a little more laid back than the rest of the school year.

After all, I’m betting there are way more opportunities for having fun with friends in the summer than in the winter (hello, water parks!).

Anyways, it’s important to set realistic expectations & goals this summer…and all year long.

Take the writing activities outside! The kids could use their senses to write a summer passage.

Start small by giving the kids access to short, writing exercises. Giving them goals that are easy to achieve will leave them feeling accomplished and ready to tackle even bigger goals!

Then, encourage them to think outside the box! Just because you’ve provided them with writing paper doesn’t mean they can’t use a piece of drawing paper to write or even draw out their response.

Finally, after they’ve completed their activity, give them some awesome feedback! Offer constructive criticism, focusing on their strengths and areas for improvement.

The Summer of Writing!

Encouraging kids to write in the summer can be a game changer for both their creativity and literacy skills!

(Speaking of literacy skills…you just gotta check out the many summer reading programs available for kids!)

With some preparation & access to creative activities, writing doesn’t have to be a chore. Before long, I bet the kids will even look forward to their writing activities! *gasp!*

Keep it light. Keep it fun. Keep it positive & engaging! And, if you feel inclined, and have permission from the kids, feel free to share your experience incorporating summer writing into your days in That Homeschool Family Hangout!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

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