Writing Activities for Kids

Journal Jam Writing Exercise

Encourage kids to keep a journal to remember how they once were.
Encourage kids to keep a journal to remember how they once were.
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This journal jam writing exercise shows kids firsthand how writing in a journal can benefit them -- not just now, but for years to come.

What You'll Need:

  • Spiral notebook (plain colored front is best)
  • Pen
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Family pictures
  • Craft glue

For ages, people have explored their feelings and their ancestry by writing and reading personal journals. Young people, such as the second World War's famous heroine Anne Frank, have left behind important messages for future generations.

Your kids can join in this proud tradition by writing their own journal. Once a week, or once a day if they're really anxious to speak their minds, have them sit down and write out what they've done, what they've seen, and how they feel.

Date each page with the month, day, and year. Be sure to mention how much things cost; popular trends; and troubling, interesting, and exciting things they hear about in the news.

Glue in family pictures or images from magazines and newspapers to verify what they say. Five, ten, even a hundred years from now, people could be using your journal to better understand the times in which they lived.

Dress up the letters of kids' names with the activity on the next page.

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