Are you looking for a fun and educational winter activity to do with the kids? Acrostic poems for winter are an easy writing activity for kids of all ages and abilities! Get this Free Winter Acrostic Poem download and you have a ready made, fun activity to do with the kids this winter season!

First off, what is an acrostic poem? An acrostic poem is a form of poetry in which the first letter of each line is used to create a word, phrase, or description.

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In this case, winter-themed words are written vertically, with one letter per line. Then each letter is used as the beginning of a word or phrase that has to do with the themed word for the poem. It’s a fun activity that’s also great writing practice!


acrostic poems for winter with example pages in color and black and white


Acrostic Poems for Winter- 8 Different Words!

In this free mini-writing lesson download you get 8 different winter acrostic poem templates- available in both color and black and white. This pack features the following winter words to create winter poems with:

  • Winter
  • Snow globe
  • Snowflake
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Mittens
  • Snowman
  • Frost
  • Ice Skating


snowman acrostic poem (1)


How to Write a Winter Acrostic Poem

Acrostic poems are great because they don’t have to rhyme and they can be created using just a few words. It’s a simple composition that is perfect for kids (and adults!) of any age- they just need to know how to write! Here’s a simple lesson plan on how to write an acrostic poem.

To start pass out the acrostic poem templates- or allow the child to choose the word they would like to write about. 

Explain to the child that they should think of a word or phrase that starts with each letter that relates to the central themed topics (ie, winter, snow, ice skating, etc).

Here is an example:

Wind whipping my face
cicles hanging from the roof
ights are long and days are short
rees have lost their leaves
veryday is cold
eading by the fire


mittens acrostic poem


Tips for Acrostic Poetry Success

If you or your child is having trouble writing their poem, here are some tips to make writing acrostic poems easier

First, do the activity with them and model by example. They will watch as you complete your poem and have a better understanding of how to do the writing themselves. If you are working in a classroom setting, write a group acrostic poem first on the whiteboard together as a class. 

Second, brainstorm a list of words before you begin. Write these words or phrases on a  whiteboard or separate paper. Think of as many winter themed words as you can. Then if/when your child gets stuck while writing they can use these words as a jumping off point. 

It can also be helpful to discuss the meaning of winter before you begin. Talk about the season, the history behind it, the family traditions, favorite foods and activities, etc. This helps get you in the right mind frame for writing about winter. 

And finally, always be available to help and give suggestions if your child gets stuck. The point is creative expression- not frustration! So don’t censor them and allow them to write whatever they want as long as the first word starts with letter at the beginning of the line. 

Some kids will write long sentences or phrases and others will write just one word- both are okay!


hot cocoa acrostic poem


Download the Acrostic Poems for Winter Below:

There are 2 options for these printable winter acrostic poems templates: Color and Black & White- you can download whichever one suits your needs best (or grab them both!)

Each pack features 8 different winter words. There are 2 versions of each word:

  • One with primary lines- suitable for young kids who are just learning to write
  • One with a single line- suitable for older kids and adults


acrostic poems templates for winter with example pages



black and white acrostic poems for winter templates with example pages



You are free to use these templates for personal use at home or in the classroom. Please don’t share the file, but if you’d like to share the Acrostic Poems for Winter Templates with friends, please forward this page to them so that they can download the files themselves. This download may not be used in any commercial fashion. 


How to Use the Finished Acrostic Poems

Now that you’ve finished your acrostic poems, now what? Here are a few ways to use your winter acrostic poems:

Staple the poems together to make your child their own book of poems

Fold them up into a card to give to friends and families

Use them as placemats or place cards at your winter or holiday party table

Allow the students to illustrate their poems and create a memorable keepsake

If you are in a classroom setting, use the students’ poems to create a great winter bulletin board display


Want more ACROSTIC Poem options? Check out the Christmas Acrostic Poem templates or the Hanukkah Acrostic Poems!

You can also find Spring Acrostic Poem templates, and write poems for all the seasons!


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