The cold weather is fading, and new buds are appearing all around. A restless energy of anticipation fills the air. This can only mean one thing… it’s spring! And these fresh spring writing prompts are the perfect encouragement to help your children fill their writing notebooks with the sights, smells, and sounds of the season.
Story Prompts for Imagination
1) A Bug’s Life
Imagine that your family has planned a picnic in the park. Describe this picnic from an insect’s point of view.
2) Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Storm clouds and wet weather often blow in during the spring. Write a paragraph about three fun things you could do on a rainy day.
3) A Rose by Any Other Name
Choose any flower to describe yourself. Make a list of at least five things you and this flower have in common.
4) Fine-feathered Story
It’s time to put your storytelling skills to work! Write a story using at least three of the following words: hen, egg, chick, airplane, goggles, parachute, hang glider, seeds.
5) New Beginnings
Spring is a time of new beginnings. Write a note to a friend who has made mistakes in the past but wants to make a fresh start. What advice would you give to your friend?
Writing Prompts for Observation
Sometimes students want to take time to observe the changing season. These journal prompts allow for more introspection.
- What three things are you the most thankful for during spring? What makes them so special?
- Write about three things you most enjoy about springtime.
- How do the pleasant days and freshness of spring affect your mood and attitude? How does spring make you feel positive and hopeful?
- What do you feel or think about when you take a walk on a spring day?
- Write about your favorite spring memory.
Vivid description makes writing come to life. Encourage your kids to practice using strong nouns and verbs, colorful adjectives, and precise adverbs. Instead of writing a composition, they should aim for a list of descriptive phrases or sentences.
- Sit on a bench or take a walk in your neighborhood or park. Describe some of the sights you see. Which paints a more vivid mental picture: Flowers blow gently in the breeze, or Golden poppies nod sleepily? Pink clouds drift in the sky, or Rosy wisps of cotton candy drift in the sky? Specific words make a difference, so pick them wisely!
- Close your eyes and listen attentively. Do you hear the chipper chirp of a bluebird? The lazy drone of a honeybee? The rustle of leaves in the elm tree? Write descriptively about what you hear.
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