Winter Writing Prompts

The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and the smell of sugar cookies is in the air… it must be winter! To celebrate this wonderful season, we’ve put together a collection of creative writing prompts that will inspire your young authors. When the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing better than curling up in a comfortable chair, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, and writing something new. Whether your winter is snow-filled or sunny, here at Night Zookeeper we’ve got what you need to keep students’ creative sparks burning all winter long.

The writing prompts listed below encourage children to engage their imaginations and create adventure stories, poems, persuasive essays, instructions, plays and newspaper articles. Please do change the type of writing that’s attached to each prompt if you’d like your child to explore a different style or medium — especially if inspiration strikes and they’re in the mood to forge their own path!

The writing prompts also challenge children to write about characters that would thrive in a winter wonderland. They encourage writers to use their imagination and memories to describe how winter looks, feels, sounds, and tastes. Other writing ideas might inspire children to write about holidays, celebrations, and the ways winter can bring loved ones together.

With these wonderful winter writing ideas, your kids can kindle their creative sparks and get to work on some magical new projects. We hope they have fun exploring this wonderful season both in the Night Zoo and wherever the winter winds take them. 

Wonderful Winter Writing Prompts for Kids

  1. What sounds and noises do you associate with winter? Is it the crunch of snow under your snow boot, or the crackle of a fire? Write freely about everything that comes to mind.
  1. When you think of winter, what images come to mind? Can you describe the scenery? What happens to nature?
  1. What does winter smell like? What scents come to mind? Write a descriptive poem about the smells of wintertime.
  1. Write a report about a magical animal that would love winter!
  1. Many holidays are celebrated during the winter. Can you write a newspaper article all about a new winter holiday that’s being celebrated this year? Don’t forget to include a quote from a magical animal that celebrates this holiday!
  1. Can you write a play about a snowman that loses his carrot nose to a group of reindeer?
  1. In some places, people build homes out of snow and ice. Can you design your own ice home? Write an explanation describing what each part is and how it will be built.
  1. Have you ever played in the snow before? Write a poem describing this.
  1. In some places, December is actually the hottest month of the year! Would you rather have a warm winter, or a cold winter? Write a persuasive essay about which you think is better.
  1. You’re trying to teach one of your magical animals how to ice skate, but the two of you find something magical frozen in the ice! Write an adventure story about what happens.
  1. There are many wonderful foods that people like to make in the wintertime. Write step-by-step instructions about how to make a delicious winter recipe!
  1. In wintertime, many holidays encourage people to give a gift to someone else. If you could give any present to one of your magical animals, what would you give them? Why?
  1. You’ve come downstairs on Christmas morning to find that all your presents have disappeared! Can you write a short story about where they went and how you got them back?
  1. When the weather gets frosty, there’s nothing better than crawling into a comfy sweater! How does your magical animal stay warm in wintertime? Write a report about their winter wardrobe!
  1. Do you play any winter sports, like skiing or ice skating? Write a step-by-step explanation about how to have fun outside in the ice and snow.

Please feel free to share any creative writing produced from these prompts! We take pleasure in reading your children’s work and celebrating their imagination and love for writing. If you enjoyed these wonderful winter writing prompt ideas for kids, please share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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