As summer draws to a close, it’s the perfect time for kids to look back on all the fun they had over the past several months. Summer’s final days are often bittersweet, and it’s important for kids to do everything they can to take advantage of their remaining free time.
In these 53 new journal prompts, kids will consider their favorite summer activities and their ideal summer days. They’ll think about the feelings they get on the day before school starts and the fun they had during summer’s first week.
53 Writing Prompts Celebrating Summer
1. Where is your favorite place to go during the summer?
2. Write about your ideal summer day. What does it include?
3. What is your favorite family summer tradition?
4. Choose five words to describe your summer. Why does each word fit your experience?
5. Plan a “stay-cation” for the last week of summer. What will you do?
6. Did you spend much time with friends this summer? What did you do together?
7. What is the best way to celebrate the end of summer?
8. What is your favorite summer memory?
9. How did you spend most of your summer?
10. Do you get to stay up late during the summer? What do you do with the extra time?
11. Have you ever gone to a summer camp? What was it like? If you haven’t been to a summer camp, write a fictional story about your ideal experience.
12. How do you prepare to go back to school?
13. What are you most excited to do when school starts?
14. How did you spend the Fourth of July?
15. How do you feel when summer ends?
16. What did you do on the first day of summer?
17. What would you do if summer lasted all year long?
18. Write a poem describing the last day of summer.
19. Have you ever had a summer job or done something to make money during the summer? Write about your experience or brainstorm money-making vacation ideas.
20. What are the best summer activities in our city?
21. How many times did you go swimming this summer? Write about your favorite memory at the pool.
22. Plan a different fun thing to do for each day of the last week of summer, and write about your experiences at the end of each day.
23. Write a story about your summer. Include your favorite memories and lots of descriptions.
24. How did this summer compare to other summers?
25. Did you go on vacation this summer? Where did you go? What did you do?
26. What is your favorite thing to do outside during the summer?
27. What are the key ingredients of a memorable summer?
28. How are the beginning and the end of summer different from one another?
29. How would school vacations be different if they took place during the winter instead of the summer?
30. How will you spend the rest of summer?
31. What do you feel on the night before school starts?
32. Think of three fun summer activities. Can you do any of them before the school year starts?
33. If you could spend a summer anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
34. What is your favorite summer holiday?
35. Does your family have any special rules during the summer?
36. What do you like to do on the last day of summer?
37. Are you looking forward to going back to school?
38. Write a poem that celebrates summer.
39. What is your favorite summer treat?
40. Is it better to be inside or outside during the summer?
41. Write a letter to a family member describing your summer. Don’t forget to ask what he or she did!
42. What are some special things to do during the summer?
43. What is the best part of summer?
44. Should teachers assign summer homework? Why or why not?
45. How do you know when summer has arrived?
46. What is the most exciting thing you did all summer?
47. What does it feel like when summer starts to end?
48. Which summer month is best? Why?
49. Did you keep a journal this summer? Why or why not? If so, did it help you remember your favorite events?
50. Write about summer using all five senses to describe the way you feel during the season.
51. Think of a word to describe summer and describe how the word makes you feel.
52. Did you ever get bored during the summer? What did you do to fix it?
53. What is the happiest day you experienced during the summer? Why does the memory stand out?
Journaling offers kids the chance to think about their happiest memories. In their journals, kids can record events and reflect on summer’s greatest days and their upcoming plans for the school year. Celebrate the end of summer the right way by commemorating the season’s happiest occasions.