Summer Prompts for Children

 

New Summer Writing Prompt Ideas for Kids!

There’s no doubt about it — summer is most students’ favorite time of year. This special season is filled with laughter, sunshine, and a limitless sense of freedom that is exciting and inspiring to kids (and really, to people of all ages!).

Whether your kids are spending their summer vacation at a faraway beach or amusement park, or whether they’re simply relaxing and exploring here at home, they’re sure to be having lots of fun and enjoying their new routines.

New Summer Writing Prompt Ideas for Kids:

In these 30 new journal prompts, students will reflect on everything that makes summer such a unique time of year. As they consider topics like summer camp, sandcastles, and time away from school, they’ll have the opportunity to reflect on how wonderful it is to spend your day doing whatever you like. And when they consider more topics like their favorite summer holidays, songs, and treats, they’ll get to consider the unique preferences and characteristics that define their personalities and make them who they are.Summer is a great time to encourage kids to keep writing and reflecting—and with these fun and festive summer journal prompts, your kids won’t even feel like they’re doing any work!

Does summer feel different than other seasons to you? Why or why not?
Do you ever miss going to school during the summer? Why or why not?
Does your family have any summer traditions? What makes them special?
July is National Ice Cream Month. How will you be celebrating this important holiday?
Do you prefer having a single three-month long summer vacation, or would you rather have the time away from school broken up more frequently throughout the year? Why?
Imagine that you and your friends are going to build the world’s largest sandcastle. What kinds of rooms would you put inside? What cool features would the castle have?
Pretend that you are a tour guide for someone who is visiting your city for the first time. What would you do to show them around?
Would you rather spend time indoors or outdoors during the summer? Why?
What part of summer do you look forward to the most every year? Why?
Have you ever gone to summer camp? What did you like about it? If not, what type of summer camp would you want to attend?
Go outside and spend 15 minutes thinking about what you can see, smell, hear, feel, and taste during the summer. Then, write about your favorite ways to experience these senses.
What is your favorite summer holiday? What do you like most about it?
Write a story about three kids who get to experience a never-ending summer.
Do your parents let you stay up later during the summer? Why or why not? If so, what do you like to do with the extra time?

In these 30 new journal prompts, students will reflect on everything that makes summer such a unique time of year.

If you could travel anywhere in the world this summer, where would you go? What would you do there?
Write about your favorite 4th of July memory. What made that holiday so special?
Do you ever spend time studying during the summer? What do you try to learn?
Would you rather be way too hot or way too cold? Why?
Go outside to your backyard and pretend that you are an explorer. Try to examine everything up close and from a different perspective. Then, come back inside and write about what you learned.
During the summer, how often do you get to see your friends from school?
What is your favorite thing to do with your friends during the summer?
Write about three of your favorite things to do around town during the summer. Then, see if your parents will take you to one of them and write about your experience when you return home.
What is your favorite thing about the warmer weather?
Write about your favorite summer activity (such as going to the beach, setting off fireworks, or getting treats from the ice cream truck). What do you love most about it?
What is the coolest place you’ve ever visited? What do you love about it?
Write a poem about your thoughts on the sun. What do you appreciate about the sun? When is it simply too hot?
How do you think people stayed cool during the summer before air conditioning and fans were invented? Would you have ever wanted to live during this time? Why or why not?
Have you ever gone on a camping trip? If so, what was the best part? If not, do you think you would enjoy being out in the wilderness? Why or why not?
Write about a time when your family went to a festival or carnival during the summer. What do you remember the most?
If you could only choose one activity to do every single day during summer, what would you pick? Why?
Savor your summer, and until next time, write on…

 

Sincerely,
Jill
journalbuddies.com
creator and curator

 

Summer Bucket List for children

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Mary Beth promised me she would send some posts about travelling with children for this month and so here is her  first installment.

~Sallie

Each Spring the children ached to get outside after the snowy winter. Unfortunately, our spring  weekends were rain-filled EVERY weekend! To keep their spirits up and get them motivated for summer I purchased 5 large mason jars and 1large wooden bucket at our local garden shop. Hey, we’re talking “Bucket List” right?

Anyway, one Friday night I had all the kids assemble at our large kitchen island. I then gave each of them a jar, some paper, pencils and scissors. Their instructions were to write out a summer wish list (even if impractical), cut the paper into strips and put them in the jar. I made labels for each of the jars with some different colored cardstock and die-cuts. My husband was in charge of painting the bucket.

The children came up with some great ideas and kept adding them to their jars over the next week. On June 14th, (the last day of the school year) we emptied the jars into the bucket. After a delicious cookout on the deck, we took turns taking 5 ideas out of the bucket. We voted on which ideas we would do and as you can imagine we had a delightful and interesting summer!

Here are some of the things we did on our summer vacation:

  • Went to a local farm
  • Saw a drive-in movie complete with popcorn and soda
  • Went to the county fair and enjoyed the rides (yes, all of us!)
  • Participated in the summer Reading Program
  • Planted a garden
  • Went berry picking
  • Had a fun trolley ride
  • Made paper boats (in case we had a rainy day) and had a race in the bathtub
  • Made Sun prints
  • Decorated white tennis shoes with fabric paint
  • Made kites which we took to a local beach
  • Made lemonade
  • Learned how to make home-made ice cream
  • Teamed up with some of the neighbors and had a water fight with sponges

That’s all folks – have a wonderful summer!

Mary Beth

Summer staycations

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is MaryBeth’s perspective on summer staycations:

What parent, at some time or other, has decided that a slow, awesome staycation summer is the ticket to a great adventure for their family? One summer, when our 5 kids were small, we planned a staycation. We’re all about exploring and crafting in our home so we decided that once a week we would do just that. Our only stipulation was that each one of our children would write about their adventures in a journal which we provided.

Some of our adventures were:

  1. We took a ride on a train to a nearby town. T.J. (our oldest) liked looking at the scenery as we whizzed by.
  2. Our girls like to play “dress-up”, so one day we put on a play for Dad, complete with rented costumes.
  3. We took the kids bowling- a sport they’d only seen on TV.
  4. One rainy day, we binged on TV movies and ate snacks all day . Nobody got sick, amazingly enough.
  5. We went to a local fair and sampled hot dogs and watched a relay race.
  6. We saved the trip to the dino museum for a rainy day and ate hamburgers at the original restaurant in New Haven CT – Louis’s Lunch.
  7. We broke open new tubs of Play Dough and spent the day making clay objects.
  8. My hubby found two “old-fashioned” board games at a thrift shop and we enjoyed “Twister” and “Monopoly” until the wee hours of the morning.
  9. We splurged on a two-hour drive to a town we had never been to and explored the many shops on their Main Street.
  10. The kids especially loved miniature golfing and ice cream treats.

Those were 10 of the memorable adventures that summer. Oh and I almost forgot, we went to our local library and participated in their summer reading contest. I started reading Mary Higgins Clark books!

Try Staycating (not sure if that’s a word!) it’s fun!

MaryBeth

Stuff I never thought of!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

When compiling a list of what to do this summer, I came across this list!  You will definitely find something here to do.

~Sallie

https://bucketlistjourney.net/my-bucket-list/

My Summer Bucket List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Some of the things I’d like to do this summer:

  • Go to a Farmer’s Market. There are so many open-air markets in my state and I’ve never gone to one. Oh, I’ve bought pint-sized fresh berries at fruit stands in my time but I’ve never been to a market.
  • Pick my own berries.
  • Make S’mores. I used to make these at summer camp but I wonder can you make them at home without a fireplace?
  • Go somewhere I’ve never been. This might be a day trip to a nearby town or a new park in town.
  • Go to a drive-in movie. As far as I know, our state only has one of these.
  • Enjoy home-made margaritas and Bing-watch a favorite tv show.
  • Have a cookout.

Summer Reading List

     Just the idea of a summer reading list makes me smile. When I was in grade school, we were mandated to read one major book chosen by our teacher. We were encouraged to read as many books as possible. The librarians went a step further.They sponsored a Reading Contest for each grade. The child who read the most books (verified) won a prize. Determined to be the sixth grade winner, I read 100 books that summer!

My summer reading list journal is the one I use for our local book club. It contains a list of my favorite authors, books I’ve read, a synopsis of the content and a rating. I also put a date on the list.

Some of my favorite fiction authors are: Heather Burch, Amanda Cabot, Kay Cordell, Richard Paul Evans, Jessica Fletcher, Joanne Fluke, Miranda James, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber and Janette Oke.

Next week I’ll continue my bucket list and book sites.

~Sallie

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