For our travels last summer we got 7 x 10" unlined acid-free "Sketchbook" journals with 70 lb paper and "85 point board" heavy cardboard covers. Made of 100% waste paper and quite sturdy. We decorated the covers with patterned cardstock and packed them up in a plastic box with kids (round tip) scissors, mini-stapler, tape and colored pencils.
The reality... we wrote in our journals for just 4 nights. Each night, the kids wrote a play-by-play of their days, but faced with the daunting task of trying to write "everything" they did in the journal, they lost motivation. The idea of capturing thoughts and highlights didn't click, they wanted DETAILS.
Their journal pages are wonderful; their hand-writing, spelling, descriptions, sketches, what captured their attention.
For the next trip, I want to give it another go! I think I need to focus their efforts, so that they don't feel they have to write everything down. It's like the All About Me" Board ~ limiting choice somewhat so kids are not overwhelmed by infinite possibility.
I'm looking for thoughts on how to facilitate, coordinate, convince, bribe, coerce, negotiate, suggest, and otherwise make it more inviting and fun for them to write in a travel journal. I feel that when they are older they will be so happy they did.
Some ideas so far...
- Target the writing each day with a writing prompt
- List the best/worst thing that happened each day
- Eat jelly beans while writing in our journals
- Do a treasure hunt, looking for three items to staple into our journals each night