20 Resources for Holiday Themed Writing, Doodling and Conversation Prompts

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” – Helen Keller

Tis the season to be jolly! Inspire students to write, doodle, sketchnote, and exchange ideas with the holiday and winter themed prompts below.  Find resources for visual, video, and augmented reality writing prompts. Also, discover web tools and apps students can use to create their own digital writing prompts for their peers. Include any of these prompts in a digital click and learn calendar, such as the one at the end of this post.

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Holiday Digital Prompts

  • Find several fantastic visual winter and holiday writing prompts on these websites- Write About, PhotoPrompts (December archive and here), and Writing Prompts.
  • MakeBeliefs Comix has several winter and holiday themed comic prompts, such as this one.
  • Story Starters has a list of holiday picture prompts followed by some lines to help students write stories or poems.
  • Boggles World has three creative writing prompts that explore the themes of a Santa rescue, a mystery, and bad labour relations at the North Pole.
  • The AR Christmas Card (iOS/Android) app animates a greeting card before students’ eyes using augmented reality. This will definitely excite students and inspire them to create a story based on the action.
  • Quivervision (iOS/Android) app has an augmented reality Christmas Tree marker students can color and write about.
  • Larry Ferlazzo has several holiday videos listed here, which could be used as discussion or writing prompts.
  • Download a free Tic Tac Toe Christmas and Hanukkah Writing Prompts board here. Students choose 3 of the prompts to complete.
  • Inspire students to doodle with the December Doodle and Lettering Challenge.

Create Prompts

  • Buncee (Web/iOS) has a library of winter, holiday, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah stickers, templates, backgrounds, images, and clip arts for creating prompts.
  • Canva (Web/iOS) also has a library of holiday themed images and backgrounds to create beautiful prompts.
  • Adobe Spark (Web/iOS) has several holiday and winter themed backgrounds and images students can use to create video or visual prompts.
  • Students can create their own augmented reality prompts with LayarAurasma, and Blippar.
  • Recite has some holiday themed images for students to easily create a visual prompt.
  • With PicLits, students choose an image then drag and drop words onto the image to create a writing prompt.
  • With Image Chef (Web/iOS/Android) students can create visual poetry, word clouds, memes, and quote pics.
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Check out my Digital Click and Learn December Calendar with more posts like these full of resources to celebrate the holidays digitally!

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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