Being an artist I have been required to keep sketchbooks for classes and enjoyed keeping sketchbooks for idea generating. Recently I have a lined notebook I can’t go anywhere with out that has to do lists, notes from meetings, plans for classes I’m teaching, and drawings of plans.
My littlest one has recently gotten into keeping her own books. She has them in various sizes. With lines and with out. Sparkly and basic. She uses them all. Most of the time they are elaborate shape designs and color with no particular subject. Sometimes a figure appears.
My bigger kids are loving their “Wreck This Journal”. On page one it says “Warning: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve from the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live more recklessly.” Each page instructs them to do something to the book. It varies from collecting fruit stickers to taking it in the shower.
I have also brought small sketchbooks to the classes I am teaching. The children are loving having there own special books to create in. I simply take one piece of 8.5×11 card stock + 3 pieces of 8.5×11 white copy paper and fold them in half. Then staple them together. I have posted about more complicated bindings here and here.
Sometimes adults and children get stuck on what they should be adding to their books. A simple google search for “Sketchbook Prompts” will bring up all sorts of ideas.