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 (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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