Since summer is nearly here, it’s a great time to start planning out some fun new activities for your kids to enjoy during their time off school. Boredom is one of the main problems kids have during the summer, so coming up with some exciting activities for them to explore can help. Writing offers a great way for kids to use their imagination while banishing boredom. It’s also a wonderful way for kids to learn more about their interests, who they are, their feelings, and thoughts. Writing helps keep those school skills sharp throughout the summer while offering a great creative outlet.
Great Journal Prompts
Consider starting the summer off by giving each of your kids their own journal to use throughout the summer. Of course, many kids may find it difficult to figure out what they should write about. Make writing casual and fun with these exciting summer journaling ideas for kids. You can even print these journal prompts out for your them to keep in their journal when they are stumped for ideas.
- Pick a favorite summer photo. Write a description of the photo and write about why you love it so much. Add the photo to the journal.
- Think about the five senses and write about your favorite things about summer. Use smells, sights, sounds, tastes, and touches.
- What is the top thing you really want to do this summer and why?
- Take the time to go for a walk outdoors. After your walk, journal about your experiences.
- Write about three things you have learned this summer.
- Think about your summer favorites and write about them, such as favorite summer treats, favorite place to go, favorite things to do, etc.
- Write your own poem about what you think you can expect during the next school year.
- Make a list of the things that you are thankful for this summer.
- Write about your favorite song or movie for the summer.
- Describe one of the funniest things that happened to you in the past few weeks.
Getting Creative with Journaling
Remember, summer journaling doesn’t just have to be about the writing. Let kids get creative with their journals. They can tape in pictures, add postcards, or add some pressed flowers to their journal. Another idea is to let them draw pictures that go along with journal entries. The more creative they get with their journal, the better. Have decorative pens, glitter, glue, tape, and other supplies on hand for them to use while journaling.
Summer Memory Book
Transform an ordinary spiral notebook into a family memory book that will serve as a timeless keepsake for years to come. Chronicle your summer by encouraging each family member to add to the book. Take turns adding entries with words, pictures, photos, or souvenirs. Model good grammar, spelling and punctuation, but don’t get hung up on the “correctness” of the entries. The idea is to let everyone put their thoughts into words and express their feelings to capture your special times. Click here to download a free Summer Memory Book activity, provided by Elmer’s.