66 Journal Prompts for Kids for Self Reflection

Journaling is a wonderful activity for children to help track their thoughts, emotions, and feelings. It can be a powerful exercise for children to reflect on their days, and how they respond in certain situations. Journaling is an outlet for children, and can be particularly useful for children who struggle to express themselves verbally. 

There are a number of  benefits of journaling for children, but where do you start. There are a number of well designed and thought out kids journals on the market that have journaling prompts to help throughout. However, you may wish to start kids journaling sooner with a notebook or notepad. 

To help, we’ve created an extensive list of kids journal prompts that can be used as a starting point for children. Even if your child is not able to write at this stage, the journaling prompts below would be a useful conversation starter with them, to be answered verbally.

  1. Do you have a special bond with an animal or pet?
  2. Is there a place that is important to you? Why is it important?
  3. Is it ever ok to lie or tell a fib?
  4. What’s your favourite thing to do?
  5. What 3 things are you most grateful for?
  6. When you're older, what do you want to be doing?
  7. Are you worried about anything?
  8. Write about the qualities of your best friend.
  9. Who is your hero and why?
  10. What is the happiest day of your life?
  11. What would your dream job be when you are older?
  12. Do you have a favourite room in your house, and why?
  13. If you could say thank you to anyone, who would it be and why?
  14. What is your favourite outfit to wear?
  15. Describe yourself in three words.
  16. What is your most favourite memory and why?
  17. Can you remember a mistake you made and what you learned from it?
  18. What challenge or goal could you set yourself this week?
  19. What animal would you be and why?
  20. If you could do anything today, what would you do?
  21. What is your favourite subject and school, and why?
  22. If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
  23. What is the best gift you have received?
  24. What is the most interesting thing you learned today?
  25. Do you have a hobby? What do you love about it?
  26. What's the funniest thing to have happened this week?
  27. If you could do anything right now, what would it be?
  28. Who do you admire, and why?
  29. Is there anything that scares you right now?
  30. How have you, or could you, be helpful today?
  31. How do you calm yourself down if you feel angry or upset?
  32. What do you see when you think of your favourite colour?
  33. What is your favourite thing about yourself?
  34. What makes a good friend?
  35. What always makes you laugh?
  36. Who do you look up to?
  37. What happened today that made you happy?
  38. Describe why you love your family.
  39. What would the perfect holiday be?
  40. What is your favourite magical creature - unicorn, dragon, Bigfoot?
  41. Who is someone you miss and why?
  42. What is your favourite lesson at school?
  43. What could you do for your family to make them happy?
  44. List something you did that was kind today?
  45. Did you do anything creative today?
  46. If you could visit anywhere, where would it be?
  47. If you could be good at anything, what would it be?
  48. What are 3 things you love about your family?
  49. What can you do that no one else can?
  50. What do you think of when you look at the moon and stars?
  51. What questions would you like the answers for?
  52. What is your favourite celebration - Birthdays or Christmas?
  53. If you could give a gift to someone, who would it be and why?
  54. Describe your friend in 5 words.
  55. What do you love about school?
  56. What do you dislike about school?
  57. Is there anything you want to be better at?
  58. Where would you go that you’ve never been before?
  59. What would your perfect day be?
  60. What is your favourite thing to do at home?
  61. Describe the perfect holiday.
  62. Describe how you feel when you're happy.
  63. Describe how you feel when you’re angry or upset.
  64. What could you do to calm yourself next time you are upset?
  65. What makes you happy?
  66. What makes you angry?

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