While writing may not be every child’s favorite, there are ways to make it interesting for everyone. Providing students with pencils and paper won’t get them writing with purpose. Planning activities that excite them will! Here are some winter and Christmas writing prompts and activities that will get your kids excited to pick up their pencils.
Winter Writing Stations
Instead of having your students work on the same activities simultaneously, create writing stations where students either rotate throughout the writing block or work on different daily activities.
Writing can include sentence practice and smaller writing tasks. Create writing centers that allow them to practice sentence structure, vocabulary words, and grammar throughout the week before diving into a larger project.
Centers could include things like:
- Rainbow writing – provide students with lined paper to practice writing their sight words or vocabulary words. Once they have written them in pencil, they write over the pencil with multiple crayon colors to practice each word numerous times.
- Mix it up sentences – Invite the kids to create a sentence and scramble it up for someone else to solve or provide them with precut sentences to put back in order.
- Roll and write a sentence – Assign setting, characters, and lots to different numbers on dice and let kids begin their stories using these silly writing prompts.
- Christmas writing prompt cards – Create a list of fun Christmas writing prompts so students can get inspiration. Put the prompts on notecards or colored paper, laminate them, and place them in a center.
Holiday & Christmas Writing Prompts with Crafts
A simple way to practice writing is to have students work on it with a craft. Give them a fun craft to complete with a simple writing prompt, and watch their writing flourish.
Use these Christmas writing prompts and crafts to decorate your bulletin board and classroom this holiday season. The writing prompts allow kids to write simple sentences like “I see an ornament,” or they can create their own sentences using the blank lines.
Other Christmas writing prompt ideas include:
- A letter to Santa
- I wish for…
- My family…
- My favorite part of Christmas is…
Use the Winter Crafts and Writing Prompts as well! Kids can write about what they do in the snow, what their favorite thing about winter is, where they vacation in winter, and so much more. They’re great to use with winter activities and read-alouds, too!
Christmas Writing Prompts as Morning Work
Invite kids to work on their writing using fun writing prompts in the morning. Put an exciting prompt on the board and let them finish it in their journals or lined paper. Here are some Christmas writing prompt ideas:
- What’s your favorite part of Christmas?
- What does your family do on Christmas Eve?
- What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
- What do you wish for this Christmas?
- Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts? Why?
- What’s your favorite thing to eat for Christmas dinner?
- Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions.
- How do you decorate for Christmas?
- What do you think of when you hear the word “Christmas”?
Kids will love sharing their experiences when it comes to Christmas!
If you’re looking for a more extensive list, grab this FREE list of 21 Christmas writing prompts for elementary students. They go perfectly with the crafts mentioned on this page!
Use Winter Writing Prompts for Early Finishers
If you have students who finish their work early, ask them to complete a fun writing prompt for extra practice. Keep the prompts in a drawer or pinned on the wall for easy access. Here are some simple winter writing prompt ideas:
- What is your favorite part of winter? Why?
- Which winter holiday is your favorite?
- Do you prefer to play indoors or outdoors during winter?
- Tell us about your favorite winter memory.
- If you were in the winter Olympics, which sport would you play?
- Does your family have a winter tradition?
- If I were a snowman…
- White a poem about snow, ice, cold, or snowflakes.
Let kids get creative with their responses, and make sure to have them elaborate on their answers.
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