If there's one thing better than children's artwork then it's their writing, and when you combine them both together in a journal, well, my heart is full to bursting just thinking about it!
You can begin journaling as a family and even your youngest, as long as they can make a mark on paper, can be included in the process. Journaling helps develop fine motor skills as well as mindfulness and the healthy habit of observing and reflecting on your life. It's easy, fun, and a great way to spend quality time together.
You can get started simply with a blank notebook or plain paper and something to write and color with such as markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Check out the ideas below and begin journaling with your kids today!
Family sketchbooks like this one at Cakies are wonderful for enticing those kids that might be reluctant in journaling as an independent activity. Choose a large blank journal so there is plenty of room for multiple contributions on a page.
Once your child can journal independently then you may want to schedule a regular journaling time and write and illustrate alongside each other. Add tea and some treats and it will be a special time everyone will look forward to!
Journals can also be used to record emotions, art, special events, and seasons of your life. Take a look at these examples for more ways to incorporate journaling into your life.
At some point or another, everyone will have to deal with the emotions of grief. This grief journaling project at What's Your Grief is an easy way for kids, and adults too, to express their feelings in a simple but significant way.
Travel journals are great for documenting memories of a special trip or vacation. If you add a few pockets you'll have a place to tuck away postcards, tickets, and other ephemera. Visit Playful Learning for more details on creating a kids travel journal.
With summer quickly approaching it's a perfect time to start a nature journal. Handbook of Nature Study has tons of information to get you started and a lot of free printables too.
A simple but rewarding journal is the gratitude journal. Lulu the Baker has a tutorial on how to cover a mini composition journal with decorative paper. I think they would look great covered in children's artwork too.
Through the years I have cherished every scribble, note, and story that my kids have ever written. Don't miss out on this wonderful experience and get started journaling with your kids.
For tutorials on how to make and decorate books and journals look through the Bookmaking category here on The Crafty Crow!
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Year after year I am amazed at the variety of creative and beautiful advent calendars you all come up with. I've been doing advent calendar round-ups every year and these are my choices this year. Some are as easy as blowing up balloons and others you'll have to get out the sewing machine so there should be something for everyone. To see them all, check out the Advent and Countdown Calendar category here at The Crafty Crow and you'll find even more on my Advent Calendar board on Pinterest. This year I've also included seven free printable advent calendar labels to help in creating your own!
The theme for this month as part of the Netflix #StreamTeam is friendship. Building friendships is an important skill in our children's lives. Learning to accept differences and celebrating similarities, empathy, and solving problems as a team, are all things that need to be learned to be successful adults. Trying to see the best in someone, or something, will put them on the road to a happier life.
"Chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff!"
I can't think of a better friendship movie for young children than Winnie the Pooh. The animation, the voices, and the timeless stories make this a classic that will stay in your heart forever. And who doesn't love Tigger? "Glad to meet ya, name's Tigger, T - I - double guh - rrrrr! That spells Tigger!"
Grab the popcorn and celebrate the friendships in your life with these Netflix Streaming suggestions*:
Teens and Adults: Grease The Breakfast Club Trading Places Without A Paddle
*Of course, you know your children best so please use any movie and TV suggestions only as a guide and be sure to preview before sharing with your kids.
I hope you'll enjoy this #StreamTeam sponsorship with Netflix and know that all opinions and words written here are my own. I choose my sponsorships carefully and only work with companies that I like. I have been a long time customer of Netflix and was thrilled to be able to partner with them as these kinds of sponsor- ships help support The Crafty Crow. Blogging is more than a hobby for me, it's my job and part of how I support my family as a single mom so I appreciate your understanding.