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Journaling Kids Ideas & Prompts

Three Kids Journaling Ideas + 18 Prompts—

Getting kids excited about journaling might seem like a daunting task, but with a little creativity, it can actually be an easy sell!  Though some students might initially think that sitting and writing quietly sounds boring, they’ll quickly see that journaling has the power to be engaging, inspiring, and exciting.

Journal Prompts and Ideas

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of journal ideas for kids and a brand new set of writing prompts that will show them just how fun this activity can be!

Three Journaling Ideas for Kids

Journaling Kids Idea #1. Give Students the Chance to Personalize Their Journals

One of the best ways to get kids interested in journaling is to make sure they’re totally involved from the start.  Instead of using boring, plain notebooks, ask each student to select his or her own unique journal.

Kids should choose journals that suit their personalities—whether that’s a notebook with a favorite character, a fancy-looking leather journal, or one that’s covered in sparkles and sequins!

It may sound too simple to be true, but an appealing-looking notebook that reflects a child’s personality will always be more inspiring when they sit down to journal than a plain-colored spiral notebook.

A few other ideas to consider:

  • For younger students, help them choose journals with lines that are wide enough to fit their handwriting. Kids will quickly get frustrated with the process of journaling if they feel like they don’t have enough room to write.
  • For artistic kids, consider journals with totally blank, unlined pages so that they have room to doodle alongside their writing.
  • Try not to put too many requirements on the journal in terms of page size or writing requirements. Though you’ll want to make sure kids are writing enough to fully participate in the activity, it’s best to keep things flexible to allow the most room for creativity to shine.

Kids Journaling Idea #2: Make Journaling a Fun, Artistic Activity for the Whole Class

Writing isn’t the only way for kids to express themselves through journaling—it can also be a fun, artistic outlet, too!

In addition to having kids choose their own journals, help them select fun tools to use for writing and decorating as well. Students will love using colorful pens, markers, and pencils to write in their journals—and they can use fun accessories like stickers, paints, and stencils to accompany their words.

You can also make journaling time extra fun by treating it more like an “activity” or “event” than just another assignment. Set aside a few designated journaling times each week where the classroom loosens up a little.

Here are a few fun ideas:

  • Let students move around the room and sit wherever they like, or take the class outside when the weather is nice!
  • Turn on some quiet background music and change up the lighting in the classroom to give the feeling of a new environment—and to help students develop an association with this creative block of time.
  • You could even try serving a fun, healthy snack for extra “brain power.”
  • Spend time writing in your own journal while the students write in theirs in order to show them that journaling isn’t just homework…it’s even fun for adults, too!

Journaling Kids Idea #3: Use Writing Prompts and Journal Ideas for Kids to Promote Inspiration

For many students, the hardest part of journaling is simply getting started. After all, a blank page can be intimidating even to an experienced writer!

If your students suffer from writer’s block, you can use journal prompts to guide them and focus their creativity.  Prompts are an effective tool that give kids a starting point so they don’t spend ages staring listlessly at empty notebooks.  Writing prompts can also be interpreted in so many different ways that each student will still come up with his or her own creative answer.

Furthermore, guided journal prompts offer kids a way to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe, private space where no one will judge them.  For young minds that are still learning who they are and where their creativity lies, this opportunity is truly invaluable!

Journaling for Kids Writing Prompts

Use these fun journal prompts for kids to kick off your class’s creative expression!

  1. What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever learned? What makes it so fascinating to you?
  2. Describe your perfect day from start to finish. Use as many details as possible… and then draw a picture to accompany your work!
  3. If you could do one impossible thing, what would you choose? Why?
  4. What is your greatest dream? Do you think you’ll ever achieve it?  Why or why not?
  5. What do you like to do when you want to celebrate a special occasion?
  6. Write about one of your favorite memories with a friend. What made that day so special?
  7. Think of several words that describe you. Write about (or illustrate!) each one.
  8. What is something neat about you that not many people know? Do you think people would be surprised to learn this fact?
    Journal Writing Prompts and Ideas for Kids
  9. If you could make one law that everyone else would have to follow, what would it be? Why?
  10. Where is your favorite place in the world? What do you like most about it?
  11. Would you rather spend your weekend hanging out at home or out doing something with a friend? Why?
  12. Write about a time when you met someone new and instantly wanted to know more about him or her.
  13. Who is your greatest hero or role model? What about this person inspires you?
  14. If someone wrote a story about your life, what would it be called? What would happen in the story?
  15. Have you ever wished you were born in a different time period? Why or why not?
  16. If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? Why?
  17. Which subject in school do you enjoy the most? Why do you like it?
  18. Write about your favorite thing about yourself. Describe why you love having that quality.

Journaling is a powerful tool for kids of all ages—and it’s also a wonderful habit to instill early on, as the ability to reflect and explore one’s own ideas and feelings will serve kids throughout their entire lives.

These fun writing prompts and journal ideas for kids are a great way to help your students get excited about the prospect of journaling.  Be sure to check out more great journal tips for kids, journal prompts, and other kids journaling articles available for free here on our site.  You’re sure to find more fun journaling ideas for students—and maybe even a few for yourself, too!

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3 thoughts on “Journaling Kids Ideas & Prompts”

  1. I have a daughter that loves to write. She loves the idea of keeping a journal bur, on her way to being a perfectionist, continues to tear out pages because they are not perfect. Could you PLEASE offer some visuals as to what a child’s journal may look like. I have shown her my artist journals that have pictures and text but, I’m her mom, what do I know. If you could capture a few journal pages as samples, even if they are from yours, I think it would help that realize that anything goes and mistakes or drawings that aren’t the best can stay.

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  2. Hello Dawn,

    I would LOVE to share some visuals with your daughter about journaling and will have to gather some pictures to do so. I’m thinking I’ll create a special post about this topic and why it is important for kids to let the creative process be messy (and God knows that I have no troubles with that!). 😀

    I’ll be in touch again soon.

    Most sincerely,
    Author and Creator of Journal Buddies

  3. Hi Dawn,
    I think it is better if you sit near with her after finish her journal, because sometimes she may be confuse to choose colours and how to write correctly, so you can give small ideas at that time.

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