Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids

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Use the motivation of Christmas to inspire children to write. You’ll find creative Christmas writing prompts for kids that they’ll love.

Fun Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids

1. Letter to Santa

Write a letter to Santa. Either write a list of what you want OR use your best persuasive skills to convince Santa that you should get what you ask for.  In other words, ask for the thing and give three good reasons why you should get it.

Even non-writers can do this by drawing or cutting out pictures from the newspaper ads to glue onto the letter.

Find many letters to Santa templates here.

2. Holiday Alphabet Book

Fold 14 pieces of paper in half to make a book.  Staple.  Write the letters of the alphabet on each page.  Give your child Christmas books to look through and find pictures that start with each letter.  Draw the picture and write the word (with help) on the appropriate letter’s page.

Alternatively, find Christmas words here and an ABC Coloring Book printable here.

3. Christmas Mad Libs

Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids

Silly stories are always popular with my kids. This fill-in-the-blank Christmas story will get your kids writing and thinking about more silly ideas.

4. Write a Christmas Play

Use Christmas-themed characters to inspire your own Christmas story. Write then perform it for a real audience. Directions on writing the Christmas play here.

5. Christmas Poem

This is an easy Christmas writing prompt for your kids.

Use your 5 senses to write a Christmas Poem.  Christmas feels like . . . smells like . . . tastes like . . . looks like . . . sounds like . . .

6. Gingerbread Story

Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids

Read the gingerbread boy story together.  Substitute your pet as the main character.  Retell with that character and invent fun experiences for your gingerbread pet.  Write the story using transitions like first, second, third, then, next.  Focus on sequencing.  Leave room on your pages for illustrations if desired.  Bonus gingerbread shape book here.

7. Christmas Picture Prompts

Christmas Story Starters

Download the printable Christmas story starters make your own Christmas storybook. Then print out: Story Starters 1 and Story Starters 2. Then, glue to a piece of thin cardboard such as an old cereal box. Cut out and use to inspire stories about Christmas.

Christmas Printable Story Starters for Kids

Read how to make a handmade book covered in wrapping paper, filled with colorful pages ready for you to write imaginative Christmas stories. Use the free printable holiday story starters to inspire ideas.


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8. Christmas Blank Book

Christmas Story Starters

Wrap an 8.5 x 11″ piece of cardstock with holiday wrapping paper. Glue.

Christmas Story Starters

Fold and insert several colorful pages.

Christmas Story Starters

Poke three small holes in the fold of the book – bottom, middle, and top. I used an awl but you could use a nail or screwdriver.

Christmas Story Starters

Get a needle and thread with embroidery thread or yarn. Start in the middle on the outside. Thread through the middle hole to inside. Then pull to the top hole and pull through. Now your needle and thread are on the outside of the book. Pull thread and needle to the bottom hole.

Christmas Story Starters

Bring thread and needle through the bottom hole and up to the middle. Pull through that middle hole and back out. Tie off on the outside.

Christmas Story Starters

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  1. Thanks for the fun idea – this is what I’ll be doing with my second grader tomorrow for his language arts lesson!