25 Journal Prompts for Kids: For Big & Small Feelings

Journal Prompts for Kids: For Big & Small Feelings

As adults, we all look back fondly on the fun and freedom of being a kid!

However childhood is also a time to make sense of both big and small feelings, and that can be overwhelming. Research into journaling shows the practice can help children understand these emotions.

Read on for 25 journaling prompts for kids, including ways to inspire their imagination:

Daily Journal Prompts for Kids

A study published by the Administration for Children & Families showed that children thrive when they have a consistent daily routine. Why not make journaling a part of that?

Below we have 10 daily journal prompts for children to help them get started:

5 daily journal prompts for kids

1. Write down three things you love about yourself.

2. What is something that you’re excited about?

3. What is one thing that always makes you laugh?

4. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

5. What do you do to feel better when you’re sad?

Yoga is one way to give your little one’s mood a boost!

We took a look at all the health advantages of yoga for kids, and there are so many ways it can help.

From encouraging them to relax and improving their attention span to helping to develop their balance, strength and flexibility.

5 daily journal prompts for kids

6. Who is one person that you look up to and why?

7. What is your favorite thing about school?

8. What makes you unique?

Give your child’s self-esteem a boost by encouraging them to recite a positive daily mantra.

Though it might seem silly at first, there is evidence to show that it can make you more optimistic!

We’ve compiled a list of affirmations for children that can inspire you and them to get started.

9. What is one thing that happened today that surprised you?

10. Name one thing that you do really well.

Fun Journal Prompts for Kids

Journaling with your kids doesn’t need to be serious and reflective, it can be a lot of fun too, as these fun writing prompts prove!

5 fun journal prompts for kids

1. If you were an inventor, what would you create?

2. What would happen if kids ruled the world?

3. If you could have one superpower, which one would you choose?

Journaling with these fun prompts is a great way for your child to play with their imagination.

Findings published in the American Journal of Play revealed that children who are more imaginative in play, have better coping skills and feel happier and more content in life.

4. What would you do if you woke up and were invisible?

5. What is your favorite game to play?

Gratitude Journal Prompts for Kids

You’ll find many journals on the market, some of which are designed for kids.

However to start gratitude journaling, all you really need is a blank page and one of the gratitude journal writing prompts below:

5 gratitude journal prompts for kids

1. What was the best part of your day?

2. Write about a person that helped you today.

3. Write about the best present you have ever received.

Parenting experts talk a lot about the importance of encouraging your child to express gratitude, beyond just a “thank you”.

Kids who are regularly encouraged to reflect on what they have and show gratitude, experience less stress, are not as aggressive and have higher levels of self-esteem.

4. Write about your best friend.

5. What is your favorite part of the day?

Creative Journal Prompts for Kids

No-one can journal more creatively than kids, thanks to their lack of inner critic!

Inspire them with one of our creative writing prompts for kids:

5 creative journal prompts for kids

1. If you were in charge of the whole country, what would you do?

2. What would you do if you found a magic wand?

3. What does it mean to be creative?

4. If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?

5. If you had a school, what would you teach?

Learn More About You

Here at The Good Body we’re passionate about journaling and how it can help you understand yourself better.

If you’re interested in finding out more about you, read our journal prompts for self-discovery.

Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.