Writing Prompts for Winter Days {and free printable!}


 
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Writing Prompts for Winter Days

It doesn’t really matter if the weather outside is frightful. These engaging writing prompts for winter days will bring smiles to your kids’ faces as they describe the best-dressed snowman, try to explain snow, create a new Olympic sport, and experience life in a snow globe.

Everyone will have snow much fun! Which prompt will they choose first?

1. {Snow} Man about Town

Congratulations! You took first place in your town’s snowman-building contest!

Write a paragraph describing the snowman (or snow woman) you created. How did you build it? What items of clothing did you dress it with? What other items did you use to accessorize your masterpiece? Make sure to include interesting adjectives in your description such as frosty, woolen, or crooked.

2. Olympic Madness

The Winter Olympics features traditional sports such as snowboarding, ice hockey, and figure skating. But did you know there are always new events that ask to be included in the program? Invent a crazy new winter sport you would like to add to the Winter Olympics, such as backwards bobsledding, snow diving, or iceboarding.

Write a letter to the International Olympic Committee in which you describe your sporting event and persuade them to consider adding it as an event in the 2024 Winter Games.

For extra fun, ask a parent for permission to use the Letter Generator at ReadWriteThink.org.

3. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Imagine that you have lived your entire life in a warm, tropical place like Hawaii. You have never worn a heavy winter coat or seen snow falling from the sky. Now, for the first time, you’ll be visiting your cousins in Minnesota and experiencing your first frigid winter.

Write a letter to your friends back home telling them about some of your wintertime adventures. Describe what it’s like to be cold, and try to explain what snow looks and feels like.

4. Snow Much Fun!

Parents: Download this free printable snow globe from WriteShop. If you would like to share this download with others, please link to this post. Do not link directly to the PDF file.

Imagine that you have been transported into a snow globe. Write a story about what happens to you while you’re there.

Directions

Remember that part in Mary Poppins where Bert, Mary Poppins, and the children jump into a sidewalk painting and find themselves in the middle of an exciting scene? Here’s your chance to imagine what that’s like as you step into a snow globe!

  1. Ask your mom or dad to print out the free snow globe writing prompt.
  2. Draw a picture inside the globe using words from the Snow Globe Word Bank.
  3. Now, imagine that you have been transported right into that snow globe scene. Write a story about what happens to you while you’re there.

If you don’t want to draw a picture, that’s okay. Simply write a story about what might happen to you if you stepped into a snow globe, using at least 3 items from this list: snowman, polar bear, penguin, skyscraper, sidewalk, toys, cabin, frozen pond, hill, castle, forest, Christmas tree, train, cat, sled, scarf. And of course, since the story takes place inside a snow globe, make sure snow is part of the tale!

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Looking for more writing prompts? Check out our extensive collection on Writing Prompt Wednesdays. You’ll find hundreds of creative topics for all ages. Try some of these!

Writing prompts for winter invite kids to write descriptive, informative, persuasive, and narrative paragraphs about snow sports, snowmen, snow globes, and more!

 

Kim Kautzer | WriteShopI’m Kim Kautzer, tea drinker, crossword tinkerer, book lover, veteran homeschooler, mom of three, grandma to eight, and happy wife of 40 years. I’m also the creative director at WriteShop. We love equipping and inspiring you to teach writing, even when it seems like an uphill battle. Poke around the blog for writing prompts and activities, teaching tips, and hope for reluctant writers.

You can also learn more about our homeschool writing curriculum for K-high school. Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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