Hello and welcome back to another episode of THH Podcast. In today’s episode we discuss some of my favorite kid friendly journal prompts.
I have broken down these prompts into 4 sections. It’s up to you if you would like to include all these prompts in one journal or make separate journals for each category.
As I mentioned in the episode, there will be quite a few more journal prompts here on the transcript to make it easier for you to reflect back on time and time again.
With all that being said, let’s dive right into our kid friendly journal prompts.
Kid Friendly Journal Prompts For Everyday
This is the most flexible section of all the kid friendly journal prompts so don’t feel like you HAVE to do everything I mention here. This could literally be as simple as encouraging your child to write down their favorite thing that happened throughout the day.
If you want to encourage your child to dive a little deeper into their emotions and memory, by all means give them extra prompts to reflect on. Some useful things to include in a daily journal are:
- Mood Tracker – Use different colors to represent different moods you feel each day
- Habit Tracker – Make a list of 3 to 6 things you want to do everyday and check off each time you accomplish the habit.
- Daily gratitude – List 3 things you are grateful for every day
- Reflections – Write down everything you remember happening during the day
- To Do – Write down 1 to 3 things you want to accomplish tomorrow
- Daily Affirmation/Mantra – Write a few positive words you can focus on throughout the day (ex. I am enough)
It is up to you if you wish to get your child a bullet journal so they can create their own layout. If you would prefer to get them a premade journal, click here to see which one we really love using.
Story Telling Journal Prompts
Use these kid friendly journal prompts to get the creative juices flowing. It is up to you whether or not you want your child to try to make a sequential story line (first, next, then, last) or just let them have fun and see where it goes.
There are many ways you can include story telling journal prompts to make them fun and exciting. I will break this section into 3 sub-sections to give your child a wider range of storytelling potential.
#1- Sentence Story Starters
- If I were a bee, I would…
- I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to…
- Aliens have landed on our planet. I am going to contact them by…
- If I had $1M, I would…
- I heard a noise coming from downstairs. As I got to the bottom step, I noticed…
- I was riding on a train when suddenly…
- My dog was barking at the window. When I opened the blinds…
- I was walking the street when…
- One day when I was out hiking…
- I was given a secret mission to…
#2- Recalling Events That Have Already Happened
- Write about a time you went to a party. Who was there? What did you eat? Were there decorations?
- Write about a time you went on a really long car ride. Where did you go? Who was with you? Did you play any games?
- What is your favorite place to go on vacation? What makes this place so special? What do you like to do at this place?
- Who is your best friend? What makes this friend so special? What do you like to do with your best friend?
- Write about a time you went to a carnival or fair. What rides did you go on? What did you eat? Did you win any prizes?
- What is your favorite part about ______ grade?
- Write about a time you had a sleepover a friends house. Did you stay up late? Did you play any games?
- What is the best present you have ever received? How did it make you feel to get the present? What kind of fun things did you do with the present?
- What is your favorite game to play? Why? Do you like to play it alone or with friends? How do you play the game?
- What is the best book you have read lately? Who were the main characters? What happened in the story?
#3- Drawing Stories
As I mentioned in the podcast episode, I really love to let my daughter use drawing as a way to tell stories. I usually draw 4 rectangles on the page, like a mini comic strip, and ask her to tell a story through drawings. You can use any of the journal prompts mentioned above for this idea or make up your own stories.
As always, I encourage you to let your kids choose whatever topics are interesting for them. If they don’t resonate with prompts you provide here, let them make up their own drawings. Or, if you would like to save time and prep work, click here for an excellent story starter journal.
Self Love Journal Prompts
Y’all know by now I am a HUGE advocate of self love and all that emotional awareness jazz. I truly believe that teaching our kids to love themselves unconditionally and to be mindful are the best tools we can give them. So if you take anything away from this post, I hope it’s these next two sections.
You will notice that some of these kid friendly journal prompts translate well into the adult world as well. Feel free to use these prompts for yourself AND your children. Some of my favorite self love journal prompts are:
- What are 3 things that make you a unique person?
- What is your favorite physical feature?
- What makes you feel confident?
- What are 5 things you are REALLY good at doing?
- What makes you a good friend?
- What is your favorite way to relax?
- What are 3 things you love about yourself?
- What is your biggest/best accomplishment?
- What makes you feel happiest?
- What are you thankful your body can do?
- What are some ways you like to take care of yourself and your body?
- Who is your biggest role model? What are some traits that make this person special?
- What compliment would you give yourself today?
- What does love feel like to you?
- How do you show love to other people? How do you show love to yourself?
- What is your favorite personality trait?
- What does your ideal pamper session look like?
- What is your favorite outfit to wear? How do you feel when you wear it?
- What are 5 kind things you can say about yourself?
Mindfulness/Emotional Awareness Journal Prompts
You’ve heard me talk about the idea of keeping a mindful/emotional journal in a previous podcast. Again, this is something that doesn’t just apply to adults. Giving our children tools to understand and navigate their emotions is a really powerful tool.
Some of these kid friendly journal prompts can be used daily, while others should be spread out over the course of a few days. Encourage your children to really dive deep here.
#1- Daily Mindfulness Journal Prompts
- What is something you have that would be really hard to live without?
- Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write down everything you hear happen in that 5 minutes.
- Take 3 rounds of normal breath then 3 rounds of deep breaths. How do you feel after each set? Does one make you feel more calm or relaxed?
- What thoughts are going through your head right now?
- What is something you are thinking about lately, but aren’t ready to talk to anyone about?
- What is the most interesting thing you can see right now? Use adjectives to describe what it looks like.
#2- Weekly Journal Prompts
- Monday: Write about a time you felt [emotion]. What happened to make you feel that way?
- Tuesday: How does your body feel/react when you start to feel [emotion]?
- Wednesday: What thoughts go on in your mind when you feel [emotion]?
- Thursday: How do you typically react to other people when you are feeling [emotion]?
- Friday: When you recognize you are feeling [emotion], what can you do to calm your mind?
Have Fun Journaling
I hope you were able to find some inspiration from this post. As with everything I suggest, be sure to include your kids in the process and let them pick out the prompts that interest them.
If you have any other kid friendly journal prompts you love using, but didn’t see on the list, be sure to let us know in the comments below. This community is meant to help us grow together so sharing is caring.
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I look forward to bringing you more great content soon! Until next time! Peace out, homies!