Juliet and I started this Q and A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal at the start of the year. So far, it has been great fun. Each day has a question for you to ask your child and a few lines for them to write their answer.
Since Juliet is still a beginning writer, she prefers I record her answers for her--which is fun because then I get to hear her answers! Eventually, when she is more confident in her ability to write, she'll take over. (maybe as a 1st grader?)
Each question has three spots (one for each year) for your child to answer the question. So, next year on January 17, we'll answer the same question (and probably have fun reading what her answer was for the year before.)
It's set up so that you can start on any day--you don't have to start in january (we just happened to).
The questions have been various--from If you were an animal, what would you be? to Describe a time when you felt awful.
I like that it gets us talking about things maybe we never would have. I have been looking for a way to help her express emotions and feel comfortable with sharing her thoughts with me and I think this is a good step for us to take as she is getting older.
Do your kids have a journal or do you do some sort of activity like this with them? I think it is a nice way to teach them how to journal and transition them into writing on their own for their own purposes and pleasure.