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
- 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:
- Super Hero
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.