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Kids can learn a lot of essential life skills while creating their own vision boards.
For starters, vision boards encourage children and young people to dream big.
Furthermore, vision boarding introduces children to the concept of goal-setting. It’s never too early for kids to learn the importance of setting goals and being accountable for their own success. Goal-setting also boosts children’s confidence.
For every goal achieved, kids learn to believe in themselves. That’s the seed of the growth mindset planted in the minds of the young.
So, how do you make vision boards with kids?
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Brainstorming for a Kid’s Vision Board
Making a kid’s version of a vision board basically follows the same steps as you would with a “grown-up” version.
However, in creating vision boards for children, adult supervision and guidance are needed, especially during the brainstorming process.
Here are some guide questions and prompts to help kids get started:
When the children have brainstormed their goals, you can then take out all the supplies you need for the project. (You can find a list of the materials and supplies you’ll need in this post.)
If using magazine cutouts, let the children choose the images that resonate with them. Extra precaution is necessary when handling scissors and other sharp tools.
After the vision board is assembled, let the kids share their work. Display them in a prominent spot. Remind them to frequently look at their boards and imagine their goals already achieved.
For further inspiration, check out our curated list of vision board ideas for kids below.
1. Caring for You
This vision board emphasizes health in all its aspects. The layout is great for a child’s health goals.
When helping children create vision boards, do away with the formality. Encourage the flow of creativity by allowing them to sit on the floor for this activity.
2. My Big Life Board
Age-appropriate and single-word affirmations keep kids motivated as they make their dreams come true. In this example, the affirmations were printed in a colorful font and cut out. They add visual interest to the board and remind the kids of the beauty of their dreams.
3. Jay’s Vision Board
This vision board has a lot of fun elements that are related to what its owner loves.
If your child is into a particular cartoon character or loves a certain movie or sports, you might want to incorporate images of them into their vision board.
Not only will these elements inspire kids to work on their goals, having images of their favorite things on the board adds a personal touch.
4. Don’t Be Chicken
As children grow older, vision boards can help them figure out their personal interests. In this image-rich sample, the creator glued magazine cutouts of images that depict skills and talents that he or she might want to improve/learn. These include:
Moreover, it features a single phrase, “Don’t be chicken,” to remind them about being more confident.
Most of the vision boards we’ve seen earlier are rich in images. In this example, however, the dominant feature consists of encouraging words and phrases.
This type of board is ideal for goals related to personal development. It is best suited for older kids.
Here are some sample guide questions to use during brainstorming:
6. Gratitude Board for Kids
A gratitude board is a wonderful way of helping kids develop a growth mindset. The example above, just like the one in #7, uses words to