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10 Journal Writing Tips for Kids

Journal Writing Tips for Kids— See and explore ten tips guaranteed to hook kids’ attention and interest in journal writing!

Tips to Help Kids Start Journaling

Journal writing helps kids to process the myriad of thoughts, feelings, and emotions they experience.  It is also an excellent form of creative self-expression. But, when faced with a journal full of blank lines or with the task of remembering to write each and every day, some youngsters are simply overwhelmed and unmotivated.

You can help encourage the healthy habit of daily journal writing by your child.  Simply use the following journal writing tips especially for kids.

They’re guaranteed to engage a child’s imagination and bring enthusiasm to their journal keeping!

Journal Writing Tips for Kids

Journal Writing Tip #1 Silence Your Inner Critic

It’s your journal and your words and however you write them down they are valuable, NO MATTER WHAT!

Tip #2 Break the Rules

You can break all the rules of grammar and spelling (or follow them if you prefer). It’s your choice!  Either way, there is no such thing as right or wrong when journaling.

Tip #3 Go with the Flow to Express Yourself

Take some time and tune in to how you feel. Do you feel like writing a lot or simply feel like writing one word? Believe it or not, even writing ONE WORD across the page IS considered journaling!  When you go with the flow, your journal writing comes easily and feels great.

Tip #4 Pick a Special Spot to Journal

Choose a place where you feel safe, happy, and secure and where you feel inspired to lose yourself in your journal writing.

Tip #5 Go Wild with Embellishments

Use stickers, colored pens, magazine pictures, drawings, or photos to jazz up your journal. Being creative with your journal keeping makes your writing experience more colorful, exciting, and fun.

Tips for Beginning Journal Writers

Tip #6 Keep it simple

If your journal writing begins to feel like a task you must accomplish, scale back or take a break. Just remember that your journaling experience is always more enjoyable when it feels spontaneous.

Tip #7 Discover your Writing Style

Ask yourself if you like to use only words (no pictures or stickers) or if you prefer to combine writing and drawing. Maybe poetry dominates your journal or maybe your preference is to break all the rules and simply free write.

Tip #8 Create a Theme Journal

 You can create a dream journal, a wish journal, or a journal of family, friends, and best moments in life.   Be creative in choosing themes and if you run out of ideas you can always research new journal writing ideas online.

Tip #9 Rule your Queendom/Kingdom

Celebrate, vent, accentuate, complain… it’s up to you what goes on to your journal pages.  Please remember though to always, always, be kind to yourself (because cruelty hurts and it makes you sad).

Tip #10 Keep it Fun and Fulfilling

If it’s not fun and fulfilling, chances are you’ll quit writing. Jazz up your journal by giving yourself permission to try new journaling techniques.  AND keep it fulfilling by focusing on a wide range of topics (not just sad or bad ones, but happy and exhilarating ones as well).

Journal Ideas: 8 Great Inspirations for Kids

1 – What if you were president?
Write as if you were president of the United States.  What changes would you make?  What kind of laws would you enact?

2 – Make up a holiday.
Make up your very own holiday.  What would be the theme? What would it be called?  What types of games, food, and traditions would be included in this holiday?

3 – Write about your favorite food.
Describe your favorite food.  Be descriptive when telling about its look, feel, smell, and taste.  What does it remind you of?  How does it make you feel?

4 – What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you want to be a doctor or a carpenter?  Tell why.  What aspects of the job appeal to you?  You can also tell what you don’t like about the job.

Journal Ideas for Kids

5 – Write about the ultimate birthday gift.
If money was no object and you could receive any birthday gift, what would it be?  How big would it be?  Would you use it every day?  How impossible is it that you would actually get this as a gift?  Another journal idea would be to write about the ultimate birthday party.

6 – Write about your most embarrassing moment.
Everyone has something embarrassing that has happened to them. Write about yours.  Remember, this journal is for your eyes only, so do be afraid to be specific.

7 – If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?
This will work with anything.  You could write about what kind of food, animal, furniture, or anything else you might be.  Explain why you chose this object.  What features and characteristics of this object are similar to yours? This is always a fun journal idea because you can let your imagination run wild and be whatever or whomever you want to be.

8 – Write about your favorite age.
If you could be stuck at one age for the rest of your life, what age would you be?  Why?  What do you like about this age?  It can be an age you have already passed or an age you have not yet reached.

Journaling Tips Summary

All the journal writing tips in the world can only guide you, and, in the end, you must choose your style based on what works best for you.

Daily journal writing is a wonderful tool of expression for preteens and teens but they must feel invested in their writing.  The best way to get them – and to keep them – invested is to encourage the free expression of their uniqueness and creativity.

Let them choose the journal writing style that best suits their personality and unique tastes and you are guaranteed that they WILL start (and continue) journaling!

Additional Writing Tips and Prompts

Until next time, write on…

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4 thoughts on “10 Journal Writing Tips for Kids”

  1. I love these prompts and I use them a lot in my journal for school. Last year in third grade my teacher required us to write everyday and I would always have to write fiction because I didnt have any non fiction prompts but now I use these a lot! Yay :>

  2. Hi Amy,

    I am sooooooo glad that you enjoy the journaling prompts here on Journal Buddies. Enjoy and write on! 😀

    Journal Buddies Author and Creator

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