Below are three simple journaling tips to help adults foster creativity in a child and to make that blank journal more fun and interesting for kids.
Journaling Tips — Personalize the Journal
One of the things that parents can encourage their children to do is to personalize the cover of the book. This can be done through coloring it, adding stickers to the outside or even adding sticky jewels to it. Personalizing the front cover will allow kids to view it as their own personal space.
In order to make the idea of journal keeping even more exciting, parents may want to encourage their children to decorate the inside as well.
Journaling Tips — Mix Daily Events with Imagination
Writing down daily events in a special book may help to foster creativity in a child. They will use their imaginations and their memory to recall events and talk about their feelings. Just by writing down a page of information they will be working out their feelings and improving their writing skills and abilities. Taking time for a child to go back and read prior entries in their journal will help them realize what they have experienced and how much they have changed.
To encourage greater use of imagination, provide the child with journaling prompts. Here is a great resource for your child: Writing Ideas | 67 Journal Prompts for Inspiration
Journaling Tips — Theme the Journal
Keeping a memory notebook can be fun. Children can not only write in their books but also look at them like a scrapbook. Movie tickets could be taped on to a particular journal page and stickers can be added to areas where they are relevant.
Another great journal theme idea is a dream journal. For this idea, parents might want to encourage their children to keep a traditional journal or an online journal or both! A special journal book that is by the child’s bedside would be very helpful, and helping the child make an online journal about dreams is a great option as well.
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