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Make Your Own Journal

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Journaling is one of the best ways for students to develop their creative thinking and writing skills. Journals can be used for various different subjects to help students develop their learning. Furthermore, journaling could be a helpful outlet for quieter students to express their emotions.


Another Encyclopedia of Theme Activities For Young Children by Kathy Charner, Brittany Roberts, and Stephanie Roselli describes how to help children make their own journals.


Learning Objectives:

Children will…

  • Make a journal and learn about keeping a journal.
  • Draw or write about their lives.
  • Use creative expression to design a book.



  • Diary
  • Journal
  • Personal



  • 2 pieces of cardboard per child (approximately 5” x 7”)
  • Blank sheets of paper the same size as the cardboard (fold 8” x 10” sheets of typing paper in half to fit 5” x 7” covers)
  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Paper clip (optional)
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Stickers (optional)


What to Do:

  1. Read books to children about keeping a journal. Discuss what could be kept in a journal.
  2. Ask the children to decorate the front of the books with stickers or markers. Help the children write their names on the books.
  3. Tell the children that these books will be about them, and allow them to personalize the covers and the pages within however they wish.



  • Did each child understand the concept of journal keeping?
  • Did the child personalize the book for herself?


Consider giving the children prompts to write about to inspire their writing. What did you do this weekend. How do you feel today? What are you excited about for this year? Using different time frames allows students to practice writing in the past, present, and future.
You could also consider making themed journals such as a nature journal or a vacation journal. Older students might benefit from having math or science where they can keep subject specific notes and ideas.


Journaling is a great activity for parents to try at home as well. 

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