One of the most important things you can teach a child is to be grateful. We created Happy Thoughts Journals for Kids as a tool to slow down, reflect and focus on the good. The journals are a place for me to write happy thoughts to my children and for my children to share happy thoughts too.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR HAPPY THOUGHTS JOURNALS FOR KIDS
HOW TO MAKE THE HAPPY THOUGHTS JOURNALS FOR KIDS
Begin by gluing a piece of white construction paper to the front of the sketch book. Next using a black permanent marker add the child’s name and the words happy journal. Repeat for each child. Time to let each child add her personal flair! Set up a painting station with liquid watercolors or these watercolors and paint brushes.
My kids were so excited about embarking on this new project! Before beginning we discussed that these journals would be used to share our happy thoughts of the day. I told them that I would also be writing in their journals from time to time and share what makes me happy when I think of them. They loved the idea that the journals would be filled with both of our thoughts. We started by decorating the covers of their happy thoughts journals with our favorite liquid watercolors. I told the kids to choose colors that make them happy when they look at them. I love how unique each child’s choices are.
Once dry I kicked off the journals by writing a happy message to each of my children. Oh did they LOVE reading these messages. Huge smiles all around the table and such a wonderful way to focus on the good we embrace daily.
Once we took the time to read the messages my children took the time to reflect on their days and choose a happy moment to highlight in their journals. My 4 year old daughters drew the pictures and I wrote their words. My 6 year old son worked on this part independently. Love the look of concentration on Luca’s face! “I love how Quinny kissed me on the head.”
My next happy thought quickly came to me as I saw my daughter Charlotte climb up on the window ledge one day and flip through her Happy Thoughts Journal. Love this quiet moment of reflection.
The Happy Thoughts Journals for Kids would be perfect in a classroom or home setting. I love the idea of using the journals in the classroom and having teachers add messages, as well as send the journals home so parents/caregivers can add their happy thoughts too. Happiness is contagious. Be the good.