Last August, my family and I had the best vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. We stayed near a lake and had such wonderful adventures as we hiked, explored, and discovered God’s world.
That time together is in my Top 10 favorite memories ever. It’s one of those times I would relive over and over if I could.
(My husband is taking the picture.)
As we were walking around the lake one morning, it dawned on me that pictures from that trip would make the perfect creative writing project for my children.
I took several pictures and we’ve used them to reminisce, but also write stories and poems, letting our imaginations run wild!
Because those writings were such fun activities, I wanted to put together a packet of winter-themed writing prompts for them.
How We Use Picture Writing Prompts
This packet includes plain writing lines (as pictured) and elementary writing lines. You’ll also find a full page of just writing lines in each style.
For my younger children:
Since I have 2 small children that aren’t readers, I print the page and I am the writer. They dictate words to me that describe the picture: snowy, cold, the sun is setting, wet.
If we feel ambitious to write a story, I write a line and then they dictate to me the next portion of the story. They love this activity!
For my older children:
My oldest is almost 9, so I give him the paper and he brainstorms a poem or short story about the picture.
Since this activity is to encourage creative writing, I also encourage him to write acrostics or even make up lyrics to a song about the picture (using a tune he already knows like “Twinkle, Twinkle”).
My almost 7-year old comes up with her own adjectives and phrases to describe the picture and spells them to the best of her ability.
Since she is still a beginning reader, I occasionally write down her story as she dictates it to me.
How will you use these writing prompts in your own homeschool? What other ideas do you have? Leave a comment with your thoughts. I’d love to hear them!
Click on the image to download the Winter Picture Writing Prompts