Creating a drawing journal with your child is a great way to reflect together on experiences from the day and talk about feelings. If you keep adding to it over a long period of time, it also makes a lovely book to keep and is a fascinating diary of drawing technique evolution as the child grows.
All you need is a notebook with blank pages and a variety of pens, crayons, pencils etc to choose from.
Pick a notebook with blank pages
The idea is that the child gets a double page in the notebook for each day (or once a week, or once a month or whatever frequency they want to do it). They can draw a picture about something memorable from their day. For example, they might draw something interesting they saw in the garden, the park or a picture of a person. Don't give them guidance about what to draw - let them choose anything they want to. Sometimes they might just want to draw a big scribble!
Talk about what they have chosen to draw and have fun remembering stories from the day. It's also a good way to talk about feelings. You could write captions in so that you can remember at a later date what the drawings are about.
Bike ride to the park
You could also collect tickets or leaflets from a day out and stick them into the book like a scrapbook.
Sometimes they might prefer to stick something interesting in instead of drawing
Day out to the koala centre
Write the date at the top of the page. It's also a good way to talk about about days, months and dates.
Write the date at the top of each entry. It's also fascinating to watch the evolution of drawing technique over time
For more fun creative ideas to do with your children, check out MyKidCraft.
I have also made 'SHAPE' books I assist my child by tracing the outline of a Dinner size plate .Depending on the age of the child encouraged speech and expand on their language skills . The child can draw objects that are round or cut out appropriate magazine or supermarket catalogues with objects that are round
I wrote in marking pen under each image what it was like they cut out a picture of a pie or bread roll etc .Its good to date and put the age of the child to see their development . Lee /CreativeLee