Don’t let summer melt into autumn without assigning a little writing to keep those important skills sharp. If you’re looking for some writing activities to occupy your children this summer, this jam-packed, colorful, patriotic word list is sure to inspire some great stories.
For starters, they can use the word banks this very week as they journal or write stories about their summer soccer clinic or going camping at the lake. But as summer unfolds, maybe they can write about that great family reunion or how they spent their 4th of July.
There are plenty of words they can use to write about the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of summer. So what are you waiting for? Break out the paper and pencils. And when your writing session is finished, serve up some sliced watermelon or a plate of brownies!
Family, reunion, town, neighborhood, babies, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, neighbors, friends
Picnic, beach, park, patio, porch, deck, pier, lawn, grass, pool, sand, lake, ocean, shore, waves, folding chairs, lawn chairs, hammock, umbrella, blanket, bench, picnic table, swings, tablecloth, fire pit, barbecue, grill, charcoal, smoke, spatula, tongs, platter, pitcher, cups, glasses, forks, knives, skewers, grilling, sizzling, dripping, melting, burning, swimming, games, three-legged race, corn hole, sandlot, baseball, softball, badminton, volleyball, fishing, camping
Steak, ribs, chicken, kabob, hamburger, sausage, hot dog, frank, wiener, bun, mustard, ketchup, relish, lettuce, tomatoes, bread-and-butter pickles, dill pickles, relish, sauerkraut, onion, cheese, chili, cornbread, biscuits, corn on the cob, butter, salt, pepper, mac and cheese, potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, dip, watermelon, peach, fruit salad, apple pie, cherry pie, peach cobbler, chocolate cake, cupcakes, frosting, brownies, cookies, Popsicle, shave ice, snow cones, homemade ice cream, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, sundaes, hot fudge, sprinkles, nuts, toasted, marshmallows, s’mores, peanuts, popcorn, drinks, ice, fresh-squeezed lemonade, iced tea, soda, pop, cola, juice, ice
Lightning bug, firefly, gnat, no-see-ums, mosquito, fly, ant, bee, bumblebee, wasp, butterfly, dragonfly, moth, cricket, grasshopper, hummingbird, frog, tadpole, thunderstorm, lightning, rain, cloud/cloudy, hot, humid, bright, clear, sun/sunny, shade/shady, breeze, dew, sky, stars, starry, constellations, moon, sunset, dusk
How to make word banks about nature
America, United States, Founding Fathers, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Philadelphia, independence, July, fourth, holiday, republic, democracy, land, country, nation, states, thirteen, original colonies, government, citizen, patriot, freedom, history, liberty, ideals, truth, beliefs, justice, heart, foundation, war, revolution, battle, army, soldier, veteran, musket, gun, fight
Yankee Doodle, red, white, blue, statue, monument, band, banner, bunting, balloons, confetti, parade, grand marshal, flag, stars, stripes, fly, wave, snap pledge, salute, patriotic, loyal, free, brave, proud, grand, honor, defend, respect, march, cheer, clap, celebration, speech, poem, national anthem, song, hymn, play, baseball game, fans, stands
Fireworks, display, show, firecracker, sparkler, ground flower, pinwheel, Roman candle, rocket, skyrocket, flare, fountain, black snake, explode, pop, bang, hiss, sputter, burst, twinkle, sparkle
Have you seen our other great word lists? Click the Word Banks link under Categories in the right sidebar and scroll through. We’ve got word banks for every season of the year as well as for several different holidays.