Kids, Warm Up With Writing This Winter

When it's cold outside, there's no better way to stay warm and explore than by using your imagination. Write something short on one of the shortest days of the year!

Writing Prompts

  • Try writing a poem about winter as a human. Think about your five senses. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell or feel or taste? 
  • Write a comic set in the winter. What winter adventures can you draw?
  • Keep a winter journal or diary. Try writing a little bit every day of your winter break. What is the most fun? What is not so fun? You can share it or keep it private.

Books

Poet Joyce Sidman gets inspiration from animals and plants in winter in Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. You can learn about how bees survive the winter and what might happen when a fox and vole meet.  

For a zany story set in the cold, try  Bird & Squirrel on Ice, a graphic novel. You'll find lots of funny scenes with animals misunderstanding each other and lots of ice everywhere at the South Pole. 

In Winter According to Humphrey, Humphrey the hamster writes a story about winter from his perspective. Fortunately Humphrey lives in the warmth of Mrs. Brisbane's classroom! But he hears the kids talking all about the weather and the winter holidays.

This post is part of the Winter Learning Journey. Try at least 4 activities on the Learning Journey page in December and January, tell us what you did and you could win a prize!

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