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My Daily Journal: A beginner’s journal by Sravya Attaluri

maped helix and sravya daily journal for children

A blog by @sravyaa


Daily journaling for adults is becoming more and more popular with tons of resources available. However, my memories of childhood journaling are limited to the simple “Dear Diary”!


This inspired Maped Helix and myself to collaborate and develop the perfect daily journal for children. Drawing from my insights gained through my Master’s research in neuroscience and psychology of mental health, we have created a worksheet that’s perfect to reuse for daily check-ins, practicing mindfulness and introducing children to the wonderful world of journaling! 


sravya holding the daily journal


Each section is like a little adventure, packed with a range of prompts to highlight the benefits of journaling and mindfulness.



1. Today’s Wins:

We usually reserve gold stars and winner badges for major accomplishments, but this part highlights the small victories. By encouraging children to acknowledge and celebrate their daily successes, we’re supporting them in their ability to express their feelings better, communicate effectively, and understand themselves more. It might be tough to notice and value even the tiniest victories, but it lays the foundation for long-term self-confidence.


2. Gratitude Garden:

In this section, we aim to encourage kids to nurture their gratitude, much like tending to flowers in a garden, by taking a moment each day to notice the things that bring them happiness and positivity. 


By doing this, they not only grow a habit of appreciation but also become more aware of the beauty and goodness in their lives.


3. My Mood:

Instead of a mood tracker that often has different icons, we wanted to focus on encouraging colour as a medium for children to express themselves. As they do this more often, they’ll see how different colors match their emotions and eventually, they can create their own visual library to express themselves. Similarly to  people wearing different colors to express themselves, understanding their relationship with color is another way they can physically communicate how they’re feeling.


4. Doodle Diary:

After all the reflecting and feeling, it’s time to let loose with some doodling! This space at the end of the page is where kids can let their creativity and imagination run wild. It’s perfect for jotting down their thoughts or just having some fun with doodles.



maped helix and sravya daily journal for children


By incorporating these elements into their daily routine, children not only get a chance to refine their artistic skills but also develop crucial life skills such as emotional intelligence, communication, and gratitude. We hope that parents will join their children in this practice, using it as an opportunity to connect and initiate meaningful conversations to set them up for a more positive and mindful future.