In this post I’m sharing why I think a vision board for kids is one of the most important things they should have.
Over my lifetime I’ve made several vision boards. I think in high school it was kind of a popular thing for teenage girls. Especially since my high school days pretty much pre-dated the internet, ha! Magazines were all the rage. I remember being obsessed with seventeen magazine! Then, flash forward to the scrapbooking era. Remember when we were all scrapbooking? I was super into it, but now I’ve gotta say I’m happy to have a little extra room in my office. Boy did all those supplies take up a lot of space! But, even with all my years of ‘vision board experience’ I had never thought to make a vision board for kids until now.
What is a vision board anyway and why do you need one?
Vision boards or mood boards or dream boards- whatever you wish to call them- can serve many purposes. A lot of people like to create a vision board for themselves at the start of a new year. By putting your dreams and goals on a board you can see every day you’re creating a powerful visual tool for your life. It’s a great way to set goals for yourself. Because when life gets crazy it can be easy to lose focus. Are you in a job that doesn’t inspire you? Or maybe you’re just not happy with where your life is. Or perhaps everything is great but you want more out of life. Then this exercise can be a powerful tool in helping you get on the path you want.
There are lots of different ways to create vision boards and mood boards these days. You can print clip art from a computer or tear images out of magazines. There are also lots of digital apps you can use. I love using the mood board app when I need to create an inspiration board for room design. By creating a vision board for a room design I’m able to keep all my thoughts in one place. Some people use powerpoint as well. The bottom line is, there are lots of different ways to create a vision board. And they all don’t have to be on an actual board either!
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Different examples of vision boards.
When I think of a vision board I think of a rectangle-sized paper board. But there are lots of different ways to display a mood board. One fun and easy way is to take cork board and put it in a frame! I spray painted this frame gold and layered paper over the cork.
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Or you can make a vision board garland like this one…
Why making a vision board for kids is so important.
So even with all my vision board experience I still had never made one with my kids. The other day I was listening to a Rachel Hollis podcast, and she mentioned that her family makes one together every year. I thought this was a great idea because it would allow me to see what my kids are really interested in. It’s so cool to have one place to hold everyone’s dream as a family unit. It was also so cool to learn what my kids are really interested in. However, there are some necessary steps that I think are really important to helping your kids narrow down their vision.
Questions to ask before making a vision board.
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What you’ll need for a traditional vision board:
+ Poster board (I chose this size)
+ Magazines or clip art
+ Spray mod podge if you want to seal it
How to make a vision or mood board:
+ Clip around the images you like (not necessarily an angular square shape, although that’s ok too!)
+ Start glueing in the upper left hand corner and slowly glue images down in a puzzle like format. You can overlap them or place the images on your board before actually gluing them in place.
+ When your board is done you could also seal it with mod podge spray. Love this stuff!
Most of all have fun!
Be sure to hang your board where you’ll see it a lot! This way you can constantly be reminded of your goals. It should also be something that inspires you of good things to come!
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