Are you looking for a fun and educational summer activity to do with the kids? Summer acrostic poems are an easy writing activity for kids of all ages and abilities! Get this free Summer Acrostic Poem templates and you have a ready made, fun activity to do with the kids to celebrate the new 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, summer-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 creative writing practice!


summer acrostic poem templates


Summer Acrostic Poems for 6 Different Words!

In this free mini-writing lesson download you get 6 different summer acrostic poem templates- available in both color and black and white. This pack features the following summer words to create summer poems with:

  • Summer
  • Beach
  • Vacation
  • Sunshine
  • Ice Cream
  • Watermelon


summer acrostic poems on beach background


How to Write a Summer 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, summer, ice cream, beach, vacation, etc.).

Here is an example:

Sun shining down
mbrellas give shade
eeting friends at the pool
elting ice cream cones
veryone’s out of school
oad trips to the beach


summer acrostic poems on blue green background


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 summer words or descriptive adjectives 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 the season before you begin. Talk about the summer- the weather, what grows, holidays, trips you might take, etc. This helps get you in the right mind frame for writing about summer or summer vacations. 

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!


Download the Summer Acrostic Poems Below:

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

Each pack features 6 different summer-themed words to create acrostic poems. 

They feature single lines to write in that are perfect for writers of all ages.

Click the image or links below to download the templates to your device. 


color summer acrostic poem example pages



BW summer acrostic poem example pages



You are free to use these poem templates for personal use at home or in the classroom. Please don’t share the file, but if you’d like to share the Summer Acrostic Poem Templates with friends, please forward this page to them so that they can download the file 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 summer 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 family members.

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 bulletin board display during the last month of school

Want more Acrostic Poem options? Check out these Earth Day Acrostic Poems, Spring Acrostic Poems, or the Mother’s Day Acrostic Poems!


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