Beat the “summer slide” with these writing activities for kids that feel more like play than learning!

Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

As a homeschooling family, we usually do not take the entire summer off from school.  We lose too much ground if we just let our brains go over the summer!  Writing is an area that we are somewhat weak in, and I am planning to fit in some extra writing time this summer.

Here are some ideas for making summer writing a little more fun for kids, or at least a little more tolerable!

Make a Joke Book

Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

We had a great time making joke books one afternoon!  Simply fold over some paper and staple.  The kids can design their covers.  Then, scour the internet for funny kids’ jokes and write them in the books!

Here are some sites with good jokes for kids:

30 Hilarious Jokes for Kids

30 Kid-Approved Jokes from Childhood Beckons

Jokes for Kids from Kids Activities Blog

Make a Vacation Journal

If you’re travelling, buy a fun notebook for each child or have them decorate their own before your trip.  Then, take a few minutes each day for everyone to write down their favorite memories in their journal.  Everyone needs a few minutes of downtime on a trip, and at the end you’ll have a fun memoir of the journey.  Plus, you’re sneaking in a little writing practice too!  It might be fun for kids to take their own photos to add to their journals as well.

Create Your Own Comic Book

Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

A comic book does not typically involve as much writing as sitting down and writing a story, but hey – it’s still writing!  And kids who don’t like to write just might go for this idea.  When I was getting close to the end of my pregnancy, the boys spent one whole afternoon and part of the next day creating comic books.  My 5 year old did all kinds of writing just because he wanted to make something like his older brothers were doing!  He asked me how to spell words, and worked very carefully on his comic book.

Lists of 10 Favorite Things

We have been using lists of 10 things for Gresham’s handwriting lately, and he loves it.  These lists involve research skills and improve spelling as well.  He has made lists of his 10 favorite dinosaurs (which involved looking up the correct spellings), 10 favorite reptiles, 10 favorite mammals (he loves animals!), and 10 favorite places to go.

Other ideas:

  • favorite colors (get creative – go beyond the basic colors and use turquoise, lavender, khaki, etc.)
  • favorite foods
  • favorite book titles
  • favorite movies
  • favorite parks
  • most fun experiences
  • friends
  • pets you would like to own

Summer Writing Club

Writing is more fun when you have an audience.  Why not get together with friends and create a summer writing club?  You can meet once a week or every other week, and each child can present a story, poem, or report that they have created.  It might be fun to write a play or short skit to act out.

Have the participants in your writing club give positive feedback after each “performance.”  Practice ahead of time how to give feedback, and discuss some things to say – “You used good descriptive language,” etc.

More Writing Ideas

Eight Real-Life Writing Ideas for Kids – Writing ideas for kindergarten through 2nd or 3rd grade or so.

40 Printable Writing Prompts for 3rd-5th graders

Encourage writing with a Family Postal System – this is so fun!

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  1. Yvonne Blake May 22, 2014

    You have some great ideas! Writing can be fun and exciting if you let kids write what they are interested in. I have a website that promotes children's writing. (even a page where they can post their work) I'd love to have your boys join our family of Polliwog Kids. (www.polliwogpages.com)

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    1. Yvonne Blake May 22, 2014

      I've added your blog to my list of teaching ideas - http://polliwogpagesideas.blogspot.com/

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  2. Jenn C. May 22, 2014

    What a fabulous list of writing ideas! My 7 year old son goes to public school, but I keep him writing, reading, spelling and doing math all year round. We created a summer journal last year and I rewrote up a bunch writing prompts for him a little pieces of paper and put them in a jar. On writing days he'd shake it up and randomly choose a prompt. I taped it in the composition notebook and he wrote his response. I think I'll do the same this summer and include some "10 Favorite things" in the mix. I also love the idea of making joke books and comic books. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas! Now I'm off to look through your science posts!

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  3. Almost Unschoolers May 24, 2014

    I like the idea of a joke book - working on writing, but still with a summer fun feel.

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  4. Mishka May 28, 2014

    I loved your ideas! I was able to relate coz weak writing runs in my genes too. I'm glad you shared your thoughts on encouraging kids to write on a very optimistic way. I was encouraging my son to write poetry and he's having trouble organizing his thoughts. I used this http://www.spi-global.com/blog/innovation-lab/12-writing-tips-masters/ to keep him focus on his writing and I'm really thankful I found your ideas. Perhaps I should start as simple as what you did. I really think it would be fun and enjoyable for both of us.

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  5. Christina Jun 2, 2014

    We don't take off over the summer either. These are great ideas for writing. Last summer we did travel journals which my boys loved doing. They also drew pictures to go with their journaling. Happy summer to you!

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  6. Loomer Jun 5, 2014

    Awesome! I'm 12 years old and I love to write but my younger sister hates it. I spend long hours a day just writing in notebooks or on the computer. Unfortunately we don't have any "cool hangouts" like the playground - I usually write while sitting in trees. It's as uncomfortable as you could imagine.

    But, anyway, I <3 writing and I'd love to get my sister interesting my hobby as well. She's lacking that department - she's more play and to her writing is quite boring. That being said she's only 8, so I guess she has time. Looking into this, I think she would enjoy a joke book! She comes up with jokes, not even things from the web, just little original things that aren't very good but aren't lame either. Thanks!

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  7. Erica Jun 21, 2014

    We also like to cut apart the pictures on the backs of Lego boxes and write their story. They usually form some sort of loose narrative. I tape them on lined paper, let my son put them in order, and then he writes a story to go along with them. He just finished one for the Coast Guard ship and it is one of my daughter's favorite bed time stories :)

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  8. Erica Jun 21, 2014

    There is also this list if you need more ideas:
    http://superlearningacademy.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/137-fun-ways-to-write/

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