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Children’s Nighttime Drawing Journal

Cole has been completely enamored with drawing and coloring lately. He walks around all day with his notepad and writing utensil, “jotting” down his ideas and scribbling the pictures in his mind. It’s darling.

The other night he was asking about the journals that Matt and I have, and expressed that he wanted a journal of his own to write in when he goes to bed at night. The only slight problem is that he’s three years old and can’t spell, let alone write a journal entry. And that’s when it hit me. He can DRAW a journal entry! I asked him if he’d like a nighttime drawing journal of his very own. His face lit up and was very excited about the idea!

The next day I went to the dollar store and purchased a simple composition book. I covered it in old fabric that I had, and voila! It was done in about 4 minutes! The fun thing is that you can decorate it however you want, or even have your child decorate it. I also got a $5 container (this one’s really cute!) and put a few boxes of crayons inside. (I can’t claim the jar of crayons idea. I stole it from my dear friends Megan & Shauna).

So the journal and crayons sit on Cole’s nightstand so we never forget to use it each night. Before he goes to sleep, we’ll ask him what his favorite thing was about the day. Then he draws it, and we write the date and translate the picture in a little caption on the page. Yesterday he was asked to give a prayer in church. He was pretty excited about it, so he drew a little podium with a microphone. He drew himself, and all of the chairs his classmates sit in, and a picture of his teacher. (that’s what he tells me the picture is about, at least :) .

Have fun with this activity! I only let Cole use this journal (notebook) at night so it’s special and doesn’t get old. During the day he has a different notebook to color in that can be tossed about.


  1. Brilliant! And Cole is so proud of it!

  2. Shelly, that's exactly what I tried to say early this morning from my phone (why won't Blogger let me comment from my phone?), BRILLIANT! This is so awesome on so many levels, Heather. How I wish you'd been blogging when my kids were little.

  3. You are such a fun mom!

  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This really is brilliant! It will be so fun to see it develop through time. You are a pretty great mom!

  6. that is so cute! what a great idea

  7. this is so cute!! leave it to you heather. I'm pretty sure you should get the best mom of a year award :)

  8. Do you give his drawings captions so that they can be understood years from now? This is such a great idea!

  9. This looks super sweet. I tried to write a comment in my one line a day book and failed miserably. Maybe this will be heaps better. I am going to find a sweet unlined book and get to work.

  10. This is a great habit to get into with your little boy, and what a sweet treasure for the years to come! As he gets older, he can add his writing, too.When our girls were little, we never did drawings (wish we had!), but we wrote back and forth in their pillow journals. Those are so much fun to go back and read! If you'd like to see how that worked, you can find them on my site with a simple search. I apologize if mentioning this is bad manners.

  11. Great idea! And he looks like he’s having so much fun and is so proud of his journal entry! Of course, not only is he having fun, he is practicing the very “scribbling skills” that lead to the mastery of handwriting! Great idea. Thanks for sharing and will share as well!

  12. This is such a fabulous idea! I’m so grateful I just stumbled upon your post and look forward to more of your posts in the future! Thanks for sharing- I can’t wait until my little one is old enough to start this!


  13. This is brilliant! I love how it start a great routine of journaling, but mostly, that by asking what he preferred in his day is a way to start a gratitude practice! I love it! Thanks for sharing this!

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