Whatever the weather today, kids will love dipping their toes into these fun writing prompts for rainy days. After all, rain can happen at any time of year! There’s something for everyone, including The Planner (planning rainy day activities), The Persuader (convincing a friend to like drizzly days), The Pretender (pretending to be a raindrop), and The Poet (writing poems using onomatopoeia).
1. Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella
When the rain starts falling, you’re the happiest person in the world! Unfortunately, your best friend doesn’t feel the same way. Write a paragraph or two in which you try to convince your friend to appreciate rainy days. Include at least three good reasons why stormy, wet, or drizzly weather can be as much fun as sunny days.
2. Cloudy with a Chance of … Marshmallows?
A strange storm just swept through your town, but instead of rain, something else has dropped from the clouds and covered the ground. What is blanketing the streets and lawns of your community? Marshmallows? Ping pong balls? Pennies? Something else? Write a paragraph explaining how you will lead the clean-up efforts.
3. Rainy Days and Mondays
It’s raining and pouring, and everyone at your house is getting grumpy! Make a list of 20 ways you and your family can have fun on a rainy day.
4. A Drop in the Bucket
Imagine that you are a raindrop who’s making a long journey from the clouds to the earth below. Write a story about your adventures. Where do you first land? What happens to you? Where do you finally end up? Use strong verbs and adjectives to describe what you see, hear, feel, and experience.
5. Sounds Like Rain
When a bee flies by or a window shatters, we can write words such as buzz or crash to imitate their sounds. This is called onomatopoeia. Make a list of words that imitate the sounds of rain, hail, sleet, or thunder. Then write a poem using several of these words. Your poem does not need to rhyme.
Need extra help? Explore these examples.
- Examples of Onomatopoeia in Nature
- “Onomatopoeia” – poem by Jonathan Goldman
- “Gentle Sound of Rain” – poem by Lee Emmett
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