Summer Writing Challenge: 31 days of Summer Writing Prompts + Activities

The summer holidays are approaching or maybe already here for some of you! And what better way to spend your summer holidays than perfecting your writing skills with our amazing summer writing challenge! That’s 31 days of summer writing prompts to keep you writing for a good whole month! Get out your notebook and pencil and put your brain into creative mode, as each day you will be completing a creative writing exercise. By the end of the 31 days, you will have a nifty little collection of summer stories to tell your friends or keep as inspiration for future masterpieces! You can download our summer writing challenge printable here or see the list below of the 31 days of summer writing prompts. Oh and that’s not all – We even included 10 bonus summer writing activities for you to try out after you have finished the 31 days summer writing challenge!

31 days of Summer Writing Prompts

  1. Make a bucket list of things you want to this summer.
  2. Write about your last day at school before the summer break.
  3. Write an acrostic poem using the word ‘summer’
  4. Write a day in the life story about being a shark.
  5. Write a haiku about sandcastles.
  6. Write a journal entry about finding treasure.
  7. Write a film review.
  8. Write about your dream holiday.
  9. Story Starter: My kingdom of sand where I spend my days…
  10. Write about life in ice cream land
  11. You find a strange creature on the beach – describe it.
  12. If you could fly anywhere where would you go?
  13. Story Starter: I went to the pool one day and saw…
  14. Write a short story about the sun.
  15. Can you write a six-word story about flamingos?
  16. What would you do if you owned an island? You might enjoy this fun island name generator.
  17. Write a news article about flooding in a nearby city.
  18. Write a book review.
  19. What would it be like to live underwater?
  20. Write a short biography of your life in the past 2 years
  21. What is your favourite summer activity?
  22. Go for walk and write down everything you see.
  23. Write a poem about the summer holidays.
  24. Write a travel guide about living in your area.
  25. Write a journal entry about swimming with the sharks.
  26. Write a letter to your best friend in another country.
  27. Write a short description about your dream world.
  28. Write instructions for making your favourite recipe.
  29. Write a short story about coconuts, monkeys and hermit crabs.
  30. Story starter: One day, I ate a watermelon seed and…
  31. Write about the worst summer holiday ever!
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Click here to download your free summer writing prompts printable!

Bonus: 10 Summer Writing Activities:

Completed the 31 day summer writing challenge? Well…we got some more cool summer writing actvities for your to try out! Take a look these summer activites:

  1. Sticky Letters Alphabet:
    Create beautiful artwork and learn the alphabets at the same time! Using outdoor materials to create the letters, such as leaves, sticks, flowers etc. and some double sided tape on pieces of paper. This is a fun and creative activity for anyone aged 3 and above! summer writing activities-Sticky Letters Alphabet- imagine-forest
  2. Scavenger hunt:
    A Scavenger hunt is a perfect activity to beat those summer boredom blues! Whether you have one child or a group of children, you’re sure to have fun on a scavenger hunt. All you need is a list of items for the child to find and a reward at the end for finding them. Scavengers hunts can be adapted to suit any environment, such as if you’re at the beach you can include beach items on the list or playground items if you’re at the playground! Here are some examples of scavenger hunt lists.scavenger hunt - summer writing activities
  3. Story Maps:
    Story maps are an excellent way of telling stories in a way that kids will enjoy. Similar to treasure maps, the idea of a story map is to re-tell a story and collect items relating to that story along the way. You can even add unusual items to give the story a little twist! You can find a brilliant tutorial on creating story maps here and some free printable story maps.
  4. Outdoor Story Nook:
    An outdoor story nook for kids is a perfect way to make reading stories fun! Not only do story nooks provide your child with a perfect place to read, but they are also fun to make and decorate with all your child’s favourite things! Click here for some inspiration to help you get started on your story nook!  summer writing activities- Kids story nooks-imagine-forest
  5. Act out a poem, song or story:
    Acting out a story or a song is a great way for children to connect feelings with written words. This helps children to develop empathy towards their favourite characters in the stories they read, putting them on the path towards a lifelong love of reading. Ask your child to read out a sentence of paragraph from a story. Encourage them to use facial expressions and actions when reading this out. Have everyone join in to keep things fun and light.
  6. Nature Walk:
    Visit your local park and talk about the things you see, hear, smell and feel. Bring a camera along and take pictures of the environment, such as flowers, rocks, trees and so on. When you get home, ask your child to label each photo with a sentence or two to describe the photo. You can even try write a poem about each photo or try writing a story linking all the photos together.
  7. Sight Word Island Hopping:
    This is an amazing activity which I found over at It is great for teaching kids new words over the summer break. All you need is some chalk and a pavement for this fun outdoor game. It can played with one child or a group of children. The purpose of the game is for the child to hop from one island to another, spelling out a word they are struggling with. If they spell the word wrong they have to start again from the starting island. Read the full instructions on how to play here.
  8. Sight Word Water Game:
    In this fun summer game, you again need some chalk, a pavement and some water balloons or wet sponges. Using the chalk write out some words that your child is struggling with. Then ask your child to throw the balloons/ wet sponges at the words one by one, until they fade away. Once the whole word has faded away, ask your child if they remember how to spell the word. If they don’t remember begin the whole process again.
  9. Nature Journal:
    The summer is the perfect time to see different animal species out and about. This can provide an excellent outdoor adventure for all those budding, young adventurers. First do a bit of research to see what wildlife are available in your area to spot. Then choose around two species that are not rare that your child can analyse. In a notebook, your child can then write notes, draw pictures, add photographs of that species daily to learn about that species. Your child can even create an observation chart, observing the location the species was spotted at, timing, and weather conditions etc.
  10. Treasure Hunt:
    Make a map of the “treasure hunt” area and pick a place to hide the treasure (ensure that it is not an obvious place). At each location on the map there should be a clue that will bring the child one step closer to finding the treasure. The clues can be in the form of rhymes, riddles or simply “take 10 steps from the playhouse”. The treasure itself can be anything from chocolates to toy jewels. A treasure hunt is always a great success with kids, the kids can even dress up as pirates for added drama!

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