The day I gave my child an empty spiral, she started a journal. She would carry it in the car and whenever she had a free moment, she would write lists, create stories, and draw pictures. It started as a way to keep her busy, but it’s turned into a place where she can let her imagination run wild. She has stacks of them in her room now.
Journaling is one of the best ways to help our children’s creativity flourish. And it doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. Some of the best ways to journal involve sharing a notebook. Perhaps you write each other notes or one of you draws half of a picture and the other one completes it or maybe you co-write a short story.
It’s easy to get started with journaling, shared or otherwise. Here are the tools that will come in handy:
– a sketchbook (like a Moleskine) or a spiral
– drawing pencils, pens, and watercolors, if you wish
– a pouch to keep everything in, especially if you child wants to carry it around
Lastly, your child needs time. Journaling can’t be rushed. If your child feels that he or she has to finish quickly, they might get frustrated and say that they can’t do it. With time, though, their creativity will soar.