Art / Literacy

Journal Prompts for Kids

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

Do your children keep journals? Mine love journal time. We usually sit down to do it at the end of each day if we’re at home, and if we remember! Mostly they will draw or write about something that happened that day. Other times my 5 year old likes me to write something for her at the top of the page for her to base her picture on…

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

She has a whole book filled with these now. I recently decided to make some cards with some more prompts on them for her so she could pick one at random whenever she liked.

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

I placed them in a basket on the writing table for both of them to find.

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

That afternoon they sat down with their journals and picked a card each.

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

They liked to make a game of it, closing their eyes and picking a card at random.

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

There was both reading and writing practice. Miss 5 read her own card by herself, and then decided to copy the words into her journal at the top of the page, like I had done for her previously.

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

Miss 3 followed her lead and also began copying the letters off her card. Here is a W and an I.

Journal Prompts for Kids {with printable} | Happiness is here

I love how they’re always talking with each other as they work and encouraging one another. So beautiful to see!

They both really enjoy journaling so I think these cards might get quite a lot of use. We might also use them as conversation starters, or story starters when they are older. And I’ve decided to share them with anyone else who thinks they might be useful too! There are 9 pages of them, just click on the links below to download.

ONE     TWO     THREE     FOUR     FIVE     SIX     SEVEN     EIGHT     NINE

I hope your children enjoy them, and I’d love for you to drop back in and tell me how they went if you do use them!


October 17, 2014 at 8:52 pm

We have journals too and the kids love them. It is such a lovely way to end the day.

October 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I love this. What a wonderful idea.
I am definitely going to to give this a go with my 4yo son. Just think how much fun it will be in a few years time to look back at these journals and see how far they have come, and how funny their stories are at certain ages.
Miss 5’s writing is lovely, too
Thank you for sharing <3

October 18, 2014 at 12:22 am

Wow! What a great way to get them in the habit of reflecting on themselves. 🙂 I might use that with some of the kids I babysit! Thank you.

October 18, 2014 at 5:52 am

When my daughter was in first and second grade, she made and kept a journal. They were not given prompts of which I am aware, but they may have had them in the classroom. I loved them and still am touched by the sensitive, touching, and funny words and pictures my daughter created and expressed.
I never started one with her at home, but I would have with your prompts. I’ll also use these with my nieces and nephew. Thank you!
Papa Green

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October 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm

My four year old has just started showing an interest in journaling. She’s started taking a journal and a pencil with her when we go to places like a zoo or a museum, and she “writes” and draws as she goes. But we haven’t done it as a structued nightly activity before – maybe I’ll casually start suggesting and she if she thinks it’s a fun idea…

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October 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

My girls do most of their drawings in the morning and spend sometime in the afternoon reading. Journal writing is such a lovely way to support and encourage a young writer. An the printables are lovely….pinning and sharing.

October 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

I love the idea with prompt cards! thank you for sharing your experience! pinned!

October 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

What a lovely idea! I’ll be printing these out for Miss Possum. A great way to get her writing every day!

October 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

A great resource. Will be printing it off for my Twin 6’s as they are just at that point where they are starting to write sentence after sentence after sentence now. Thanks. xo P

October 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Such a lovely idea, I haven’t done a journal with my girls yet but am now inspired. And thank you for sharing your resources!

October 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

Great prompts, I bet the kids have lots of fun with these. I’ve pinned for when we are at this stage 🙂

October 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

What great journal prompts. It can be so tricky for kids to know where to start.

October 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

These are fab! Pinned and sharing 🙂

October 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I wish I were organised enough to get the kids journalling every day! We do have an art diary where I stick their nicest pictures which I can’t bear to throw away, but this is a really lovely idea.

October 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

Heating up the laminater as I type!

January 21, 2016 at 9:37 pm

A lovely idea thanks.

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