Journals are a great way for kids of all ages to have an outlet. They can write, draw, doodle or scribble. I simply buy a notebook and some colored pins. I would say they are age appropriate for as young as 3 and up. Both of my boys have several of them in several places... their room, the living room and the car. My five year old draws bubble people and dinosaurs and my 10 year old writes raps and love letters (sigh...we are already in that phase). My favorite time to use them is when they are angry and having trouble expressing themselves with words which happens more often than I would like to admit. Try it out with your kids.