If there's one thing better than children's artwork then it's their writing, and when you combine them both together in a journal, well, my heart is full to bursting just thinking about it!
You can begin journaling as a family and even your youngest, as long as they can make a mark on paper, can be included in the process. Journaling helps develop fine motor skills as well as mindfulness and the healthy habit of observing and reflecting on your life. It's easy, fun, and a great way to spend quality time together.
You can get started simply with a blank notebook or plain paper and something to write and color with such as markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Check out the ideas below and begin journaling with your kids today!
Family sketchbooks like this one at Cakies are wonderful for enticing those kids that might be reluctant in journaling as an independent activity. Choose a large blank journal so there is plenty of room for multiple contributions on a page.
Once your child can journal independently then you may want to schedule a regular journaling time and write and illustrate alongside each other. Add tea and some treats and it will be a special time everyone will look forward to!
Journals can also be used to record emotions, art, special events, and seasons of your life. Take a look at these examples for more ways to incorporate journaling into your life.
At some point or another, everyone will have to deal with the emotions of grief. This grief journaling project at What's Your Grief is an easy way for kids, and adults too, to express their feelings in a simple but significant way.
Travel journals are great for documenting memories of a special trip or vacation. If you add a few pockets you'll have a place to tuck away postcards, tickets, and other ephemera. Visit Playful Learning for more details on creating a kids travel journal.
With summer quickly approaching it's a perfect time to start a nature journal. Handbook of Nature Study has tons of information to get you started and a lot of free printables too.
A simple but rewarding journal is the gratitude journal. Lulu the Baker has a tutorial on how to cover a mini composition journal with decorative paper. I think they would look great covered in children's artwork too.
Through the years I have cherished every scribble, note, and story that my kids have ever written. Don't miss out on this wonderful experience and get started journaling with your kids.
For tutorials on how to make and decorate books and journals look through the Bookmaking category here on The Crafty Crow!
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