Vision Board For Kids
It’s the start of the New Year and the perfect time for making Vision Boards with your family. My kids and I have been creating Vision Boards for a few years now and they look forward to doing it every year.
This year I hosted not one, but two Vision Board parties. One with my Girl Scout Troop of about 20 Brownies and Daisies and the other with my daughter and a few of her friends. I recommend one adult for every 4-5 kids aged 5 and up. As long a child is able to sit still for at least 30 minutes, this is great activity.
This was also the first time I included a specific goal for the kids. It’s the start of Girl Scout cookie season so it was the perfect time to set cookie sales goals with my troop. And for my daughter and her friends we set reading goals. I also included a few other personal goals to complete both projects.
Vision Boards are very easy to create and require just a few inexpensive items. Most of the items you may already have at home.
- Pencil and paper for kids to write their goals before creating the boards.
- Poster Board. This year I used black and the color really made the photos pop out. I brought ours from Dollar Tree and cut them in half.
- Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils. If you are using the black boards instead of white you will need oil pastel crayons, metallic markers, or even colored chalk to show on the black.
- Magazines that are child friendly. I made the mistake one year and got Seventeen Magazines for my then 7 year old and her friends. There way too many things that magazine that distracted them, we barely finished our boards. Stick with family friends ones like Family Circle or Parenting. If you don’t have any at home check with your local library. They usually sell or give them away at the end of the year.
- Scissors for small hands. You can find some that makes zig zag cuts at the dollar store or the standard paper scissors work just fine.
- Stickers to decorate. I found a few at the dollar store. The foam and decorative stickers really dresses up the boards.
Now that you have your supplies, prepare a work space. They will need room for their boards and cutting out magazines.
Step 1: Develop their Vision
Explain to your children that a Vision Board illustrates what they want to achieve or do in the new year. Allow them to give you their ideas on what their board will look like. Show them an example of a completed Vision Board.
Began asking them questions to prompt their goals for the New Year. Make sure they write down each of their responses on a seperate sheet of paper. Here are some examples of leading question you can ask:
- Think about some of your favorite moments from the past year. Is that something you may want to do again in the new year?
- What else would like to do this year (summer, next Christmas, or for your birthday)?
- Is there something you haven’t tried yet that you would like to do? i.e. camping, visit a farm, go the movies, spend time with a close friend, open a lemonade stand.
- Is there something you want to learn to do or experience in the new year? i.e. swim, horseback, cook, paint, grow a garden.
- Focus questions:
- How many books do you think you read last year?
- How many would you like to read this year?
- How many Girl Scout cookies did you sell this past year?
- How many Girl Scout cookies would you like to sell in the new year?
- Where did you travel in the past year?
- Where would you like to travel in the new year?
Additional focus topics can include school goals, getting along with siblings, helping around the house, or sports related goal like making 20 points at basketball games.
Step 2: Select Images
After they have written down their responses, explain to them that they need to find images in the magazine that represent what they wrote or their vision for the New Year. They should also look for positive phrases or statements to put on their boards. Allow them to began cutting and flipping through the magazines. Some kids get distracted by all of the images and may create new goals or vision based on the photos. That’s okay, especially for younger kids. As they get older they will become more goal focused.
Step 3: Fill up the Board
After they have at least 8 images and 5 quotes, enough to fill up their board, allow them to began pasting. They may continue to flip through the magazine for more images.
Step 4: Decorate
Let them use the supplies to fill in the space on the board with color, shapes, and inspirational words like “2015 is Mine”! They can write their names on the board and personalize it however way they want. This is the fun part so let them be creative and have fun while doing it.
Step 5: Presentation
This is the fun part!! Now that they have completed their boards, allow your children to present them to the family. Post their completed boards in their bedrooms or some place they can view it everyday.
Don’t worry if it looks a little disorganized, after a few more years of practice they will have crafting Vision Boards down to a science.
Her completed Vision Board.