It is a given that the first thing children will be asked to do when they go back to school in September is to write and draw something they did on their Summer or Christmas holidays. This got me thinking that children are always much happier if they have jobs to do or they can help you in some way. They seem to like to be given a purpose with everything they do. For example, if you go for a walk, always get them looking for different trees and get some leaf rubbings done too. They head off with much more enthusiasm for the little adventure they are about to have.
We are not having a holiday this Summer and we all prefer to be at home over Christmas, (after all, how would Father Christmas find us if we are away) so I thought it would be a fun idea for the children to keep a journal of their holiday. This is not a pressured must do thing but just something to record their Summer memories, if they only end up with a few things it will still be fantastic for them to look back at. As with everything to do with little people, presentation is everything, so you can get them to buy into the idea with either making or decorating their own journal.
There are many simple little books that can be made but I particularly like this from craftsnob.com one as you could add extra pages if needed
This could be made with the children and I think they would be very proud of their unique journal. If you are going more for the decorating side of things, then a plain journal upon which they can draw would be brilliant too.
The journal below from notonthehighstreet.com (my favourite gift website) makes a great gift for an older child or even one of those grown up type people who could also gain a lot from taking a moment to reflect upon those great days out with children before they are all grown up!!