Showing posts with label printables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label printables. Show all posts

Thursday, June 29, 2017

7 FUN Summertime Journaling Activities for Kids




Keeping kids engaged in fun, worthwhile activities all summer can be daunting. The novelty of sleeping in and lack of homework wears off. About now, your kids may be some of those, "I'm bored, Mom," kids. After all, it is a mom's job to fix everything, right?

Arm yourself with an arsenal of fun things to do. Keep a list of activities handy, and remain calm (and flexible).

In this post I'm going to introduce you to 7 fun journaling activities. I'll suggest some printables for the first two activities in this post and continue the next 5 in follow-up posts. There's just too much stuff to put in one post, and I really don't think you want to sit here and read all day when you can go play with your kids!

7 Fun Summertime Journaling Activities:
1.  Host a Journaling Party--This is a fun activity for Cub Scouts, Achievement Days for girls, Girl Scouts, your own kids or grandkids.
2.  Play School--this is especially fun for preschoolers.
3.  Cipher collection/I Spy Journals--I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't like to spy or decode things!
4. Travel Journals--This makes even the longest road trip more interesting, and fun to look at later.
5.  Camp Journals--skills list, basic first aid, sketch page, etc.
6.  Adventure Journals--Take a pretend African Safari, trip to outer space, or time travel to historical events. This holds more interest for older kids.
7. Young Author workbooks--Get the kids interested in writing their own stories.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg to help get your own creative juices going...

For your own kids, this is a fun book to read about journals:

This is not an affiliate link, but you can find it on Amazon.com






1.  Starting with Host a Journaling Party:
  • Provide one adult to every 3-4 children for assistance.
  • Provide inexpensive composition notebooks and supplies so the kids can design their own journal covers, and help them cover in clear contact paper.
  • Provide enough supplies for each child; tape, glue sticks, double-sided tape, scissors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers, and some fun scrapbook papers.
  • Provide printables of the first three pages, "All About Me," "My Favorite Things," and "My Family Portrait," or something of your own design.



All about Me in circles or shapes.




You can find all of these in the Library of Printables.
Just subscribe to our email list and I'll send the link to the Library.
You could also make fun bookmarks if you have time or for a follow-up activity. Encourage the kids to write in their journals at least once a week.

2.  Play School
  • Use inexpensive composition notebooks.
  • Draw letters that the kids can trace or outline with stickers.
  • Draw your child's name and let them trace it.
  • Make counting pages using stickers and trace the numbers.
  • Trace shapes.
  • Use FREE printables of your choice.
Cassie at 3 dinosaurs makes a plethora of Free printables!

These are the FREE printables you'll find in my Library:




Stay tuned for the next 5 journaling activities...


Happy Journaling,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Build it Better Yourself

Journals and Planners: Build it Better Yourself.

After years of searching and investing in all kinds of planners I never found the perfect planner. I knew the only way to get what I wanted was to build it myself.

I started by doing research. I searched Google, Pinterest, and Facebook (Bullet Journal Junkies, LDS Bullet Journal and Minimalist Bullet Journals). I pulled all the best ideas and adapted them to fit MY life.




I discovered the DISC system. This was intriguing, but nothing I saw came in the size I wanted. I decided to stay with the composition size notebook for several reasons explained here.

You can achieve nearly the same results with a spiral bound notebook if you clip all of the holes on your pages.

Here is my list of PROs and CONs:
PROs
  • Pages can easily be moved.
  • Dividers can be added.
  • Covers can be changed anytime you like without having to get a whole new planner.
  • This system makes it easy to build a planner yourself.
CONs
  • Covers need to be softbound so they can turn easily.
  • Paper needs to be a better, thicker quality if you move them around a lot.
I tend to be a bit of a minimalist. I'm more about function than art, but I do like to doodle some. Here is a tour of my planner/journal:

This is the inside cover made from a scrapbook paper
and cardstock then laminated.


Our Family Yearly Planning Calendar


This is a pic of the blank printable in the Library:



My Monthly Calendar with my little to-do tick sheet.



I like my calendars to be blank canvases so I can decorate
differently for holidays or mood swings (the fun kind).
There are 4 boxes for menus--one box for each week.
Must-Do's are written in red on the day it has to be done,
then Should-Do's go in the first column and
Bonus to-do items go in the last column for those
rare times when you actually have a few spare moments.
You'll never waste time waiting somewhere if you have a list.


I have 4 Gratitude pages for every month.
My goal is to think of and write the 3 best things about my day.

There are four pages to the updated version in the
Library of Printables

This is just a plain journal page whited out so hopefully you can't read all of my secrets.
My journal pages and scrapbook pages are mixed in together.
This is one of my scrapbooking pages. I added button overlays to cover up dates. And yes, I did an Escape room with my kids and grandkids. It was lots of fun! 3 generations in one room
working as a team.
https://www.lds.org/blog/sunday-journaling-a-new-tradition-for-the-new-year?lang=eng
You can copy and paste the link into your browser.
I got this idea from my church's website about Sunday Journaling.
I love taking a few minutes to remind myself of
God's blessings to my family.
One of the best things about the disc system is the
ability to add pocket dividers.
For the composition size planner I had to cut the dividers down.
Mark the holes from a piece of paper already
punched for disc system.
Then use a regular paper punch and cut slits to the holes.

The outside cover is made from a flexible cutting board I bought from The Dollar Tree. It is thin enough to see through and can be easily cut on a paper cutter. You can also use a good pair of kitchen shears. Mark the holes from a piece of paper already punched for disc system. Punch the holes with a regular hole punch as shown. It takes a firm grip and a good squeeze.
Then you need to clip the holes just as you did on the pocket divider pages. For both the outside and inside covers measure the width of the pages plus the divider tabs on your divider pages to make sure everything gets covered.


One last thing...
I used the Happy Planner Disc system (discs only, not the pre-printed stuff) because they had different sizes and colors of discs. This is the paper punch that you need to use if you want to try this disc system. There are others out there. Just look on Amazon. This is what I used. It has some limitations. It can only punch 2 sheets of paper at one time.
So you can't use it for the covers or the pocket dividers.
If you look closely, I added washi tape to the end borders
so I know where to punch for composition size papers.


And...
I used the dot grid paper from this composition notebook I found on Amazon. Man, I wish I was an Amazon affiliate...someday. It is a little large so I had to trim it and punch it, but it is nice quality paper with only a little bleed through that you may have noticed on my scrapbook page.
For your planner/journal your imagination is the only limitation. You can make it whatever size you want with the kind of paper you want. It's all yours. Don't be afraid to experiment! You will find some things work better for you than others. Think of it as a QUEST and enjoy the journey!

What have you found to work in your planner/journal?

Happy Journaling,