38 Snow Day Writing Prompts

The magic of a snow day is rarely captured in quite the same way by anything else.

It’s the perfect day when you’re supposed to be at school but get to stay home and play in the snow or snuggle inside with a cup of cocoa and a good book.

Though it might not be the same, this list of prompts encourages students to describe the magic that only happens when the ground is soft with sparkling snow drifts. 

How to Use these Prompts

These snow day prompts are fun and cheerful, so have a holiday cheer contest and let the winner hand out the prompts. Or randomly assign them by pulling names or mixing them up and passing them out to students. 

The Prompts

  1.  Imagine you set up a winter snow day treat station and served snacks and drinks to your friends on a snow day. What would you serve? 
  2. Make-up a snow day game using cotton balls. It needs rules, instructions, and to be family friendly.
  3. Write a story about the best day you’ve had ruined by snow. What it really ruined?
  4. Write a story about how snowball fighting has become an Olympic sport. 
  5. Describe the way the it feels when snow falls around you. What makes it special?
  6. Write a detailed description of the best way to make a snowman and then explain why.
  7. Write an acrostic using “SNOW DAY” for the main word.
  8. Write a story about a family stuck at home on a snow day. How to do they make it through the day?
  9. Re-write the end of your favorite book to make the story about winter.
  10. Write a snow-themed poem and include a penguin, hot cocoa and a frying pan.
  11. Write about what you think polar bears do on snow days.
  12. If you don’t live where it snows, write what you imagine it would be like whacking up to a world covered in white.
  13. Do you like snow? Why or why not?
  14. Write about building a winter fort, whether it is inside the house or outside in the snow.
  15. Plan a snow day camping trip in your living room. What do you need and what would you do for fun?
  16. Write a story about what it would be like to live in an igloo.
  17. Describe what you think your parents would have done on a snow day when they were your age.
  18. Write about establishing a hot cocoa stand and explain how the business would be successful.
  19. Write the best description that you can about winter. Use enough descriptions to convey how winter makes you feel.
  20. What are your feelings about snowflakes? 
  21. Write a story where you fall through a snowbank into a world of ice.
  22. Describe what would happen on your perfect snow day.
  23. Write a story about what it would be like to be a snowflake falling through the sky to the ground.
  24. Write about what a snow angel contest would be like and who wins and why they had the best snow flake.
  25. What is your favorite activity to do in the snow and why?
  26. What would it be like for a penguin on a snow day? Describe it in detail.
  27.  What TV do you watch on a snow day? Explain your choice and why.
  28. Create a show that only comes on television when it snows. Explain what makes it a snowy show?
  29. Describe why winter is or is not your favorite time of the year. Include examples to support the things described.
  30. Have you ever made snow ice cream? Whether you have or haven’t, explain what you think might make it special.
  31. Do you like skiing or snowboarding better? Explain why.
  32. Do you nap on a snow day and catch up on sleep, or do you like to get out in it and enjoy the fresh powder better?
  33. What is your favorite thing to make out of snow? Can you describe how you do it?
  34. Is there a favorite book you read on snow days? Or maybe just a favorite book set during winter? Write about what makes it special.
  35. If you could live wherever you wanted during the winter, where would that be and why?
  36. What would life be like if the only season was winter?
  37.  Write a story about describing your favorite vacation memory in the wintertime? 
  38. Is there a snow day tradition that you have to do every time there is a snow day? Describe it.

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