Journal Prompts for Kids— Each year on the first Sunday in August, people around the world celebrate their friends and the love they share. Friendship Day will be celebrated on August 5th this year, and it’s an important time for kids to reflect on some of the most important relationships in their lives. When we are young, friends are playmates and partners in adventure—and as we get older, our friends can become like family. Friendship combines laughter, sacrifice, commitment and love to create a powerful bond between the people who care for one another.
Summer is the perfect time for kids to reflect on their friends and all the fun they’ve had together. With days full of togetherness and sharing, friendship shines brightest during the summer months.
54 Journal Prompts for Kids
1. Brainstorm several ways to treat your best friend on Friendship Day. What would make him or her feel loved?
2. What qualities do you look for in your friends?
3. Write about a quality your best friend has that you admire.
4. What is the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you? How did it make you feel?
5. What are the responsibilities of friendship?
6. When is it challenging to be a good friend? How do you handle those situations?
7. How can you be a better friend to your classmates?
8. Write about some of your favorite memories with your best friend.
9. Would you rather have many casual friends or a few close friends?
10. What was your first impression of your best friend?
11. What is friendship really about?
12. What is your favorite thing to share with your friends?
13. What would you do if you saw someone being mean to your best friend?
14. Have you ever fought with a friend? How did you solve the problem?
15. Who have you been friends with for the longest time? Write about the history of your friendship.
16. What makes a friend a “best friend”?
17. How important are your friends to your happiness?
18. How will you celebrate Friendship Day this year?
19. What are some things you’ve learned from your friends?
20. Write a story about you and your best friend going on an adventure.
21. What would you suggest to someone who has trouble making new friends?
22. Have you ever made friends with someone you didn’t get along with? How did it happen?
23. Have you ever lost a friend? How did you feel?
24. How can you show appreciation for your friends on a daily basis?
25. Who is your best friend? Why do you get along so well with him or her?
26. Write a poem about your best friend’s best qualities.
27. Describe your best friend in three words. Why did you choose these descriptions?
28. How do you think your best friend would describe you? Would it be an accurate description?
29. How do you choose your friends?
30. Can girls and boys be friends with one another? Why or why not?
31. Write a story about someone with an imaginary friend. What does he or she share with the friend?
32. Where did you meet your best friend?
33. What do you do when you want to meet a new friend?
34. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done for a friend?
35. How often do you get to spend time with your friends? Is it enough time or do you wish it was more often?
36. Have you ever been stuck in a fight between two friends? What did you do to fix the friendships?
37. How do you fulfill your role as a friend?
38. Why is it important to celebrate Friendship Day?
39. Write about something fun you’d like to do with your best friend.
40. Why are friends so valuable?
41. Write a story about going on a trip with your best friend.
42. What are some good ways to make new friends? What is your favorite way?
43. Have you and your best friend ever gotten into trouble together? What did you do?
44. What are some qualities you have in common with your friends?
45. What are your favorite things to do with your friends?
46. What does it mean to be a good friend?
47. Can friends ever be like family? Why or why not?
48. What is your favorite way to talk to your friends—on the phone, in person, or on the computer? How often do you get to talk to them?
49. Write a story about two friends who are separated when one moves away. How do they continue their friendship?
50. Where is your favorite place to go with your best friend? What do you do there?
51. What would the world be like if people treated one another like friends all the time?
52. How is friendship different than other types of relationships?
53. What do you do when you disagree with your best friend?
54. Do you enjoy meeting new people? Why or why not?
With these 54 new journal prompts, kids can think about the best qualities of their friends and the meaning of their relationships. They’ll remember their favorite times and think about the exciting adventures that are still to come. Before Friendship Day arrives and the school year starts again, encourage kids to think about one of the most beautiful gifts in their lives—the gift of supportive, caring and fun friends.
Until next time, journal on…
“A sweet, inspiring journal for kids!”