Most people get excited when they realize winter break is just around the corner. Do you get that way too or would you prefer that it stay warm a little longer? This is just one of the fun questions posed in this list of 50 writing prompts that are perfect for kids throughout the month of December.
You can use these prompts to help students get started with a fictional story that’s all their own or you can use them to let kids express their thoughts and feelings about the holidays. With so many different writing prompts at your disposal, there is always something interesting to write about.
50. Write about your traditions for Christmas.
What are some of the Christmas traditions that your family has had for years? Do you enjoy participating in these traditions or would you like to start some of your own?
49. What are some of your traditions for New Years?
Thinking about traditions, what are some that are unique to you and your family for the new year? For example, does your family make a lot of New Year’s resolutions or do you simply enjoy the time spent together? Perhaps you do something completely different. Whatever it is, write a story about it.
48. What would you do if you lived in an igloo?
How would life look if you lived in an igloo? Would you enjoy it or do you think that it would be absolutely miserable? Where do you think you would live if an igloo were your house?
47. What types of things make you feel safe?
Is there a certain activity that makes you feel safe? Maybe you want to see or talk to a specific person when you need to feel safe? How does this play out for you?
46. Write about the holiday traditions that happen in your family.
What types of traditions are popular in your family? Do you have something specific that you enjoy doing or do you have a tendency to just let things play out?
45. What do you think this time of year is like for people around the world?
Imagine what this time of year might be like for different people all around the world. How do you think different cultures view this particular time of year? How might it feel to be living and growing up in one of these cultures?
44. Do you have a favorite holiday-themed movie? Why or why not?
People often spend time indoors watching movies when it’s cold outside. Do you have a favorite movie that centers around a certain holiday? It can be any holiday you choose, but back up why that is your favorite movie. Alternatively, explain why you don’t have a favorite movie that’s holiday-themed.
43. Do you like to give gifts or receive them?
Everybody likes getting gifts from time to time, but some people seem to like giving them better than they do receiving them. How do you feel? Do you get more excited when someone gives you a gift or when you give one to someone else?
42. This is the time of year when it snows a lot. What do you like to do when it snows?
Do you have a favorite activity that you enjoy doing when there’s plenty of snow? If so, explain what it is and why it’s your favorite.
41. Think back on this past year. What makes you the happiest?
Is there a particular event or time of this past year that makes you especially happy? If so, explain what was going on then and why you have such fond memories of it.
40. Is there something you’d like to change about the past year?
Maybe something happened during this past year that you’d really like to change. It could be something that happened to you personally or on a larger scale. If so, explain what you would like to change and why it matters to you.
39. If you had a pet reindeer, what would you name it?
Imagine what it would be like to have a pet reindeer. If you had one, what would you name it? More importantly, what do you think it would be like to have a reindeer as a pet?
38. What would it be like to be Santa’s helper for a day?
Have you ever thought about what it might be like to be Santa’s helper, just for one day? What do you think you would be doing? Would you be able to get all of the toys where they need to be or would you end up wanting to tear your hair out before the day was over?
37. What do you like to do first thing in the morning when there isn’t any school?
Is there something special you like to do as soon as you wake up that helps you get your day off to a good start? Think about the days that you don’t have to come to school. Maybe there is something that you really enjoy doing that sets the rest of your day up for being the best it can possibly be.
36. What’s the last thing you like to do before you go to bed?
By the same token, you might have something that you like to do right before bed that helps you sleep. If so, describe what it is and why it helps you relax.
35. What is your idea of a perfect weekend?
Everyone has an idea of that perfect weekend where everything is just right. How does this look for you? Right about it in detail.
34. Is there something specific you want to do over winter break?
Maybe you’ve been waiting for winter break to come along for some time. If so, it might be because there’s something specific you’ve been looking forward to doing. Tell us what it is and why you’ve been waiting to do it for so long.
33. How would you entertain yourself if the power went out during a snowstorm?
Things can get pretty boring when the power goes out. Do you just sit and wait for it to come back on or do you find something to entertain yourself? If you choose the latter, what types of things do you do?
32. What book are you looking forward to reading next? Why?
Is there a particular book that you’re really looking forward to reading? If so, what is it and why are you excited about reading it?
31. What’s your favorite book you’ve ever read?
Maybe you have that one book you’ve read in your lifetime that’s better than everything else. If so, describe why you liked it so much and how it was different from the other books you’ve read so far.
30. Describe the perfect hot chocolate recipe.
Do you have a special recipe for hot chocolate? If you do, maybe you’d like to share that with the rest of the class by writing about it.
29. Describe a holiday tradition that you don’t quite understand.
Everyone has things that they don’t quite understand from time to time. Maybe that’s how you feel about a particular holiday tradition. If so, write about that tradition with a specific focus on the things you wish you understood better.
28. What would it be like to spend this time of year with a different cultural background?
How do you think your holiday traditions would differ if you were sharing your home with someone of a completely different cultural background? Would you still do all the same things or would you incorporate that individual’s holiday traditions into the mix as well?
27. Do you like the cold weather or would you prefer it to be warmer?
Some people love the cold weather and others really prefer it to be warmer. How do you feel about the weather, specifically about the temperature? Do you really get excited when it starts to cool off or do you wish it would feel like summer all the time?
26. What do you think it would be like to go caroling? Have you been in the past?
Do you like to sing? If so, what do you think it would be like to go caroling around town? If you’ve gone in the past, write about your experiences. You can write about how you think you would feel if you were doing this for the first time.
25. What is your favorite part of the holiday season?
Nearly everyone has that one part of the holiday season that is their favorite. What is yours?
24. Is there something difficult about this time of year for you? How do you deal with it?
This is a happy time for many, but almost everyone has something they struggle with as well. Is there something about this time of year that you struggle with personally? If so, how do you handle that so you can deal with it in a healthy manner?
23. Imagine living in an entirely different part of the world. Where do you think you would be?
What if you could live anywhere in the world that you wanted to live? Where do you think you would go and why does that area of the world appeal to you?
22. What would you do if you could ride a reindeer that flies?
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to ride on a reindeer that flies like Rudolph? Would you be excited to do something like this or would the very idea of riding a flying reindeer scare you half to death?
21. What’s your favorite gift you’ve ever received?
Think about all the gifts you’ve received in your lifetime. What’s your favorite one and why?
20. What do you think the “holiday spirit” is?
You’ve probably heard people talk about holiday spirit. What does that term mean to you? Do you think you have it or are you still working that out for yourself?
19. What would you do if you turned into a snowman?
Imagine that you wake up one day and you’re a snowman. How do you think it would feel to be a snowman? What would you do with your day?
18. Write a suspenseful story about a cold, windy night.
Imagine it is a cold, dark and windy night. Maybe it’s even raining. Put yourself in this environment and then write a suspenseful story based on this information.
17. How would you keep yourself busy if you were snowed in for a whole week?
What would you do if you were snowed in for an entire week, unable to go anywhere? How would you keep yourself entertained for so many days without being able to go out or see anyone outside of your own home?
16. Write a how-to guide for someone who doesn’t know how to ice skate.
Do you know how to ice skate? If so, imagine that you’re explaining it to someone who has no idea how to do it. Write it down, but be sure not to leave anything out so that the person you’re teaching can learn how to do it safely.
15. Do you have a favorite winter sport? What is it and why?
If you have a favorite winter sport, explain why it’s your favorite. It can be a sport that you play yourself or something you’ve watched on television.
14. Write a first-person story about a tree losing its leaves. This can also be a poem.
Imagine that you’re actually a tree that’s losing its leaves for the winter. You can write either a poem or a short story about how this would feel and what the tree might be thinking.
13. What if the seasons could talk, think and feel? Write a story based on this.
Imagine that each season has its own personality and that the seasons can feel emotions, think for themselves and even talk. What do you think they would say to each other and why?
12. How would you describe snow to someone who has never seen it?
Think about someone who has never experienced a single snowflake in their life. How would you describe snow to that individual? Be sure to include not only how it looks, but also how it feels and even how it sounds.
11. If you could do anything you want during a snow day, what would it be?
Imagine that you get a snow day where you don’t have to go to school. Now, imagine that you can do anything you want for the whole day. What would you end up doing and why?
10. Imagine you are taking care of the Grinch’s dog for one week. What would you do together?
Do you remember the Grinch’s pet dog? Imagine that you’re taking care of this dog for a whole week. What types of things will the two of you do together to fill your time?
9. Do you have a favorite holiday memory? Why is it special to you?
Maybe you have a particular memory that happened around the holidays that’s very special to you. If that’s the case, explain what this memory is and then let us know why it means so much to you.
8. Do you like the colder climates or warmer climates better?
If you could choose, would you live in a colder climate or one that’s much warmer? Explain why you chose one option over the other.
7. Describe why snowflakes are both unique and beautiful.
Every snowflake is unique, as there are no two that are exactly alike. Explain why this is the case and then go on to explain why each snowflake is just as beautiful as the one that came before it.
6. What’s your idea of the ideal winter vacation spot?
Do you have a certain place in the world that you would go to for winter vacation if you could go anywhere you wanted? Tell us about that place and why you would like to be there more than anywhere else.
5. Do you get excited when winter break comes along or do you miss coming to school?
Most students will probably say they get excited for winter break. Perhaps you actually miss coming to school. Explain whether you can’t wait for winter break or if you can’t wait for it to end and tell us why.
4. Do you look forward to the holidays or do they stress you out?
Do you get really excited for the holidays every year or do you just wish they would end so you can go back to the way it was before everything got so hectic? Tell us how you feel during the holidays. More importantly, explain why you feel that way.
3. Do you like to make gifts for others? What’s the best gift you’ve ever made?
If you really like making gifts for others, explain the best gift you’ve ever made and why it’s special.
2. Imagine that you are exchanging gifts but there can be no material possessions. What would you give instead?
What would you give someone as a gift if you couldn’t give them any object? Would it be your kindness, your loyalty or a promise?
1. Describe a fun game you can play, even when it’s too cold to play outside.
Think of something really fun you can do when you’re inside. It can be a board game or something even more creative.
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