Get to know your kids in a new way by using these 50 prompts in a parent and child journal.
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I love the idea of a “getting to know you” journal that can be passed back and forth between parents and child.
And now that my son is finishing up 1st grade, I think he’s right at the age where he might enjoy taking on this project with me.
To be honest, I have two intentions with this.
I love the open communication that can come from writing in a journal. And my boy also really needs to work on his handwriting. He’s amazing at reading and his math skills are on point but he rushes through any writing assignment he gets. He could use as much practice as possible.
Our parent and child journal setup is pretty basic.
I grabbed a small plain covered notebook with lined pages from the Dollar Tree and added a little washi tape design to the front.
If your child will be impressed with a more elaborate design, go for it.
Maybe use some stickers or some stamps, too!
I grabbed some gel pens for our journal, too.
At 7 years old, writing with a pen is still a pretty big deal for my son. He’ll also be excited about getting to choose one of the fun colors to write with.
My loose plan is that I will write one question at a time and have him answer any way he likes.
I have hopes for complete sentences, but I’ll take what I can get.
Once he’s answered, I’ll write my response and then another question on the next page.
I hope we can keep it up all summer long.
And with this goal, I’ve collected a list of 50 “getting to know you “questions so we can really fill up our journal.
What was the best part of first grade?
What country would you like to visit and why?
If you had to choose only one, what color clothes would you wear every day?
What is your favorite game to play at recess?
Who has been your favorite teacher so far?
What animal scares you the most and why?
What job do you wish Mom or Dad had?
Would you rather fly to the moon or swim to the bottom of the ocean?
What is the best game to play during gym at school?
What was the hardest part of first grade?
If you could be an animal, what would you like to be and why?
Would you rather visit the beach or the mountains?
What smell do you really love?
What is your favorite song?
If you had to choose one food to eat forever, what would it be?
What makes you laugh the hardest?
What do you wish you could do more of at school?
Which kid at school would you like to get to know better?
What musical instrument do you wish you could play?
What did you like the best about your last teacher?
Which animal would you like to learn more about?
What is your favorite movie?
What is your least favorite part of your day?
If you were invisible for a day, what would you like to do?
What do you like the most about yourself?
What is your favorite joke?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What makes you a good friend?
What is your favorite book?
Where do you feel the safest?
What makes you nervous?
What is your happiest memory?
If you could write our family motto, what would it be?
What are you grateful for?
What is your favorite thing to do with your sister?
Would you rather go camping or sailing?
What is your favorite dessert?
What is your favorite season and why?
If you could have any color hair, what would you like to have?
What is your favorite insect?
What makes you sad?
Who is your hero?
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
What is the best gift you’ve ever gotten?
What superhero power would you like to have?
If you could choose any 3 people in the world, who would you like to invite over for dinner?
What is your favorite holiday?
Which of your 5 senses is the strongest?
What is your favorite family tradition that we do?
What is your favorite spot in our house?
These 50 questions should be just enough to get us through summer break.
And, I might be inspired to think up some new questions during our vacation adventures, too.
If you’re looking for more direction, there are loads of parent and child journals ready for purchase online.
The most important part of working on a parent and child journal is the communication and making your child feel special.
And I’m hoping that we’re laying the groundwork for a connection that will last through those rough tween and teenage years.
If you’ve ever worked on a parent and child journal like this one, I’d love some tips!
Leave your comments below with what any suggestions you might have about what worked for you and your family!
P.S. Be sure to stop by my summer survival guide post for more ideas on inexpensive ways to enjoy the time off school!