Journaling Prompt Ideas (Organized by Age Group)

I compiled a list of questions that could be helpful when cultivating journaling as a practice for your kids. If your child cannot read or write, consider these great conversation starters.

Feel free to customize to the context of your home (or even better, your young one’s imagination!)

Under 3 years

  • What kind of monster would you be? Can you draw it?

4 to 6 years

  • What is your favorite thing about yourself?

7 to 9 years

  • When is the last time you made someone smile?

10–12 years

  • Write a short story about what it might be like if you woke up one morning with a mermaid tail.

13–15 years

  • You are a mad scientist and have invented a new vegetable. What is it called? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Most importantly: Is it safe to eat?

16 -18 years

  • What is the best compliment you have ever received?

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