When the leaves begin to change and the nights begin to get a little cooler, it’s clear that autumn is on the way! Fall may not always seem like the most exciting season to kids—especially when compared with summer’s time away from school and winter’s snow and holiday breaks. But once students get into the season and begin to remember all the wonderful things that autumn brings (pumpkin pie, Halloween costumes, and jumping into piles of leaves!), there’s no doubt that they’ll be excited to celebrate the coming months.
These 30 new journal prompts will help your students get in the spirit of autumn. With topics ranging from fall’s best scents to tasty autumn treats to what animals do to prepare for the winter, your students will quickly see that fall has so many wonderful things to offer. And as they think about the fun holidays coming up and all the new activities they can do outside in the cooler weather, they’ll undoubtedly come up with plenty of reasons to declare autumn as their new favorite season!
Use these autumn writing prompts to help your class prepare for fall and all of the festive memories that come along with it!
30 Fall Writing Prompts for Kids
- When you step outside during the fall, what do you see? What do you hear? What do you taste? Smell? Feel?
- What is your favorite fall holiday? What do you like about it?
- Make a list of 10 words that remind you of the fall. Then, pick one of the words and write a story about it.
- Why is this season called both “fall” and “autumn”? Which do you prefer? Why?
- Do you enjoy fall? Why or why not? How much do you like fall compared to other seasons?
- Does the fact that there are fewer hours of daylight each day during the fall affect you very much? Why or why not? Does your family adjust your typical schedule at all?
- Write a poem that describes the sound leaves make when you step on them.
- Write about your favorite food or drink to enjoy during the fall. What makes this such a special autumn treat?
- What is your favorite thing about autumn weather? Why?
- Write about a time when you got to witness an animal that was preparing for colder weather to arrive. What did the animal do? How could you tell it was getting ready for winter?
- Do you like getting to see the seasons change regularly throughout the year? Why or why not?
- Write a short story about an autumn leaf that hasn’t fallen from its tree just yet.
- Think of three things you can do during the fall to help people in your community who are less fortunate than you and who may be struggling to stay warm or to combat hunger. Choose one and write out an action plan that details how our class could help the people in need.
- What fun activities can you do outside during the fall that are hard to do during any other season? Which one do you like most? Why?
- Imagine that you have to explain to a younger student why the leaves change color during the fall. What would you tell him or her?
- If you could see leaves in any other color besides green, orange, yellow, and red, which would you choose? Purple leaves? Blue leaves? Sparkly leaves? Striped leaves? What would your neighborhood look like?
- Imagine that you’ve been invited to judge a local pie contest. What qualities would you look for in the winning pie? How would you declare a winner?
- Many people associate particular scents with autumn. Are there any smells that always make you think of the fall, such as apples, cinnamon, or pumpkin? Write about how a certain scent makes you feel.
- Write about your favorite memory from the fall. Who were you with? What happened? Why does this particular instance stick out in your mind?
- Besides the leaves changing colors and falling from the trees, what other changes do you notice taking place when you look outside? Does the air feel different during the fall? Spend some time outside and record what you notice.
- When does it officially begin to feel like fall? How do you feel during this time?
- What do you think of Daylight Savings Time? Should we really set our clocks back an hour each fall, or would it be easier to get accustomed to fewer hours of daylight? Why?
- Write a story about the world’s largest pumpkin. Where does it grow? Who takes care of it? What will eventually happen to it when it stops growing?
- Fall is often a season filled with gratitude and reflection, as people prepare for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. What do you feel thankful for this autumn?
- What is your favorite way to bundle up and stay warm on a cold autumn day?
- Write a poem about what the sky looks like during the autumn.
- Fall is a great time for sports fans to enjoy their favorite games outdoors, as baseball season wraps up and football season kicks off. What is your favorite sport to watch or play during the fall? Why?
- What is your favorite way to spend an autumn afternoon? Describe how you like to enjoy your free time during the fall, paying specific attention to what you can see, smell, and hear.
- Go outside for 10 minutes and record everything you see. Then, go through your list and note which things you would only see during the fall and which things you could see year-round. Write three paragraphs about one of the things you would only see in the fall.
- Write a story about a class trip to visit a mysterious pumpkin patch.
Until next time, write on…