This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen.
Enjoy crafting with your kids!
If your kids are a little too young to start a traditional journal, a color journal may be a good alternative! To make your own, you will need about 5 sheets of paper, a stapler, some crayons, and some colored duct tape. Use a stapler down the side of the sheets of paper, then apply a strip of the colored duct tape over top of the staples to form the binding of your journal.
Invite your child over to decorate the cover of the color journal however she would like!
What I love about this project is that it introduces kids to the concept of art as a powerful way to express emotions. Simply asking, “What color was your day?” can open up a great discussion between you and your child, helping even the little ones to express themselves in a meaningful way.
Your child may surprise you with “rainbow colored days,” “yellow and blue” days, or even “tie-dye-patterned” sorts of days. You may even want to start a color journal of your own so you can enjoy journaling along with your kids, get caught up with one another, and use your color journal as a way to reconnect with one another.
Valerie Deneen is the author of Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.