Journal Writing With Children


We all need a little inspiration for our journal writing when we just need something new to write about. I recently came across a journal idea jar in my closet and thought it would be fun to make a version for my children to help liven up our current journal writing. My 4 and 6 year old enjoyed it so much that they even had patience to color a picture to go along with their writing.

What You Need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Markers
  • Pen
  • A list of questions or unfinished statements


Create a list of questions, unfinished statements and filler words that you know will interest your child. The filler words are words to put in the blanks of unfinished statements to expand their use. (see below)

Possible questions and statements:

  • My favorite ________ is….
  • If I were a ________ I would be…
  • My favorite day was…
  • If my Mom was a ______ she would be…
  • When I wake up I like to…

Possible filler words:

  • Animal
  • Super Hero
  • Food
  • Color
  • Toy
  • Game
  • Book
  • Cousin
  • Song
  • Sport

Find a good spot for your child(ren) to write. Let them pick out a sentence stick and a filler word stick, if needed. I color coded the filler words, so they stood out from the rest of the journal sticks.

If your child is old enough, have them write out their sentence and fill in any other information to finish their thought. For younger children, write their response for them.

When your child is finished, have them draw a picture to go along with their sentence. This has to be my kiddos’ favorite part!I also write a description of their picture, if one is needed, when they are finished.

Now that it is summer time, we have started journaling before bed. It has been a great way to calm them down before bed and I love talking about what they wrote in their book. It has to be my favorite part of the evening and I even let them stay up a little longer just to write and color.

This entry was posted in Michelle, Reading and Literacy and tagged , , by Michelle and Courtney.

About Michelle and Courtney

You can find more from Michelle and Courtney over at Fun on a Dime since 2010. Through this creative blog they encourages families to discover that fun does not have to cost a lot or be very complicated. Michelle received a degree in Recreation Management, which sparked her interest in finding ways to incorporate fun and learning into her own family’s life every day. Courtney received a degree in Education, where she discovered her love of learning and now home schools 4 of 6 of her children. They both currently reside in sunny Phoenix, Arizona with their husbands and children (Michelle's ages 7, 6 and 1, Courtney ages 11, 10, 8, 5, 3, 1) Their motto: After years have gone by, the time you have spent playing with your family will be one of the things you will never regret.

2 thoughts on “Journal Writing With Children

  1. Michelle,
    I'm always encouraged and inspired by ways families incorporate journaling into their activities. This sounds like a relaxing, fun, and validating time of journaling and art with your children. I love the Popsicle stick idea so they always have a prompt and fill in word waiting for them. It helps keep them organized and still use their imagination.

    I have chosen your post, Journal Writing for Children, for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day on 7/6/12 for all things journaling on Twitter; I will post a link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, my blog and website Refresh with Dawn Herring, and in Refresh Journal, my weekly e-journal:

    #JournalChat Live is every Thursday, 5 EST/2 PST for all things journaling on Twitter with a new topic each week.

    Thanks again for sharing this delightful journal writing activity with your children.

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter
    Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child

    • Thanks Dawn! I am so happy to hear you liked this idea. I'm still impressed that my kiddos ask me to do it every night. This has to be one of my Proud Mom Moments!

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