Keeping a Journal Beneficial for Kids

There are many opportunities that kids will have in their young lives that will be worth remembering. What better way to help children keep up with some of their favorite moments, relieve some stress and learn to enjoy writing than encouraging them to start a journal?

Many parents who have encouraged this in their own children recommend using a journal jar. Take an empty Mason jar, fill it with the following questions cut up into strips, and let your child decorate it as they choose. Every week, every day, or as often as they’d like to have them pull out a prompt from the Journal Jar and jot down the answer in their journal!


Journal Jar Prompts for Kids

  1. When I grow up I want to become a……
  2. What is my favorite past time and why?
  3. Who is my best friend? What do I love about this person?
  4. Why do I enjoy school? What would I change about school?
  5. If I could learn one new skill it would be…
  6. My hero is……. And why I want to become like them?
  7. I love it when my mom…..
  8. I love it when my dad…..
  9. My favorite holiday time tradition is….
  10. How many dreams do you remember having and what were they about?
  11. Who is your favorite superhero and why?
  12. What has been the scariest thing to happen to you? What did you do to overcome it?
  13. What is the best thing to happen to you?
  14. Who do you want to be like when you have grown up and why?
  15. If you could run your school for one whole day what would you do differently?
  16. Which subject in school is your worst and what can you do to be better?
  17. Where have you visited that you loved to go?
  18. Where would you go on vacation if you could do anything?
  19. Who would you spend the night with camping if you could choose?
  20. What sport do you wish you could get really, really good at?
  21. How many people do you think you have helped? How?
  22. What are you good at that you can get really, really good at?
  23. What musical instruments do you like and want to play?
  24. Which type of music makes you want to dance?
  25. Is there something you really want to do in life but you are kind of afraid to?
  26. How are you like your mother?
  27. How are you like your father?
  28. Tell me about your grandparents. What memories of them do you love the most?
  29. If you had $100 what would you buy?
  30. How many people help you during the day? How?
  31. If you woke up one morning and you had turned into an adult, what would you miss most about being a kid?
  32. What skill do you want to develop that you are not very good at right now?
  33. Why is school important to you? What can you do to make it better?
  34. If you lived to be 100 years old who do you think you will become?
  35. What is one thing that has been hard for you that you overcame?

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