Whenever I go to Barnes & Noble, I walk back to their bargain section, and pick up an armful of journals and sketchpads. The good people at B & N have been selling high quality sketch pads (thick paper, tough as nails covers and backs, and sturdy wire bindings) and beautiful lined journals for $4.98 (small size) and $6.97 (large size)– for years. We have them all over our house. Each child has a small sketch pad, a large sketch pad, and a small journal at all times. They sit on our coffee table, in our craft cabinet, and on nightstands for writing or drawing before bed. The smaller sized journals/sketch pads travel with us on every road trip. (Though they’re a little on the heavy side, we even took them to India.) We even take them to art galleries where all three kids sketch out their favorite art work.
My 10 year-old is an avid short story writer, but also loves to draw animals.
My 7 year-old writes short stories and comic strips, and also draws.
My 3 year-old can just now write some words, so she’s finally getting the chance to write in her journal. But she also sketches quite a lot, too.