For as long as I can remember, I had wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I would spend hours teaching my stuffed animals in my room. I knew teaching was perfect for me.
So when my 3rd-grade teacher gave us a project to create a vision board for what we wanted to do when we grew up, I couldn’t wait to get home to get started.
I usually didn’t get excited about art projects. But this one was different. First, I carefully cut out images and words from magazines, then rearranged them until they were perfect on the poster board.
But that is just one of many types of vision board ideas for kids to choose from.
Simple Vision Board Ideas for Kids
Vision boards are a powerful way to visualize your dreams and are not just for adults. They are an effective and creative way to teach children about:
- Goal setting
- Personal development
- Life planning
Here are five vision board ideas that will make it easy for kids to see what they want in their lives and how they plan on getting there!
#1 Pictures on Boards
This vision board idea is the one I grew up doing. First, find pictures from magazines to cut out, then attach them to a board. The easiest would be gluing to a poster board.
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Alternatively, you could also use tacks to pin pictures to a corkboard. This would make it easier for a child to change out items as they change their goals.
Children can get as creative as they want using:
- Printed pictures (like of them, or landmarks of places they want to go)
#2 A Digital Vision Board
If the idea of cutting and pasting pictures for vision boards seems like work to your child, they may want to try a digital vision board. I wish this type of vision board were around when I was a child because I didn’t enjoy arts and crafts.
This vision board activity finds digital photos and arranges them using design software.
Then they can print them out or send them to a professional printing company such as Office Max to have them printed onto a variety of canvases.
Where to find free images online for a vision board?
You don’t need any supplies to create digital vision boards. However, they can be a little more time-consuming and may require your child to know their way around graphic design software.
Free Graphic Design Software
- Adobe Spark
- Design Wizard
#3 A Vision Board Book
This vision board idea is more portable and can be added to as your child grows older. Rather than using a physical board to highlight your child’s dreams and goals instead, you’ll put them onto pages into a notebook.
There are many advantages to creating a vision board book. Your child can separate their goals onto different pages, plus they can carry the book with them.
The best advantage is that your child can be as creative as they want with the book. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Vision Board Book Ideas
- Picture drawings
- Cut out photos and paste them on pages
- Design digitally and print out to add to the book
- Journal writing pages
- Planning pages
- Combination of all of the above
#4 A Physical Object Vision Board
Do you remember creating dioramas when you were a child? I remember making many of these when I was in school. It is where you take a shoebox and turn it into a “story.” You can do this for a vision board too.
The physical object vision board idea can be the most challenging and fun. Instead of using images to represent your child’s goals, you will be using physical objects to express their dreams.
This type of vision board can help with your child’s sensory development since it is very hands-on. In addition, as they need to be more involved in its creation, kids also tend to become more immersed in this type of dream board.
This type of vision board would work great for a child with dreams of becoming:
- Marine biologist
A diorama would also be a great vision board idea for kids who have traveling goals. The diorama could be of a specific continent or country they want to visit.
#5 Pinterest Vision Board Ideas for Kids
Pinterest is the perfect place to create vision boards. Pinterest is a free platform where you create a board and pin images. Most images link to a blog post to learn more about that topic or a page to purchase something.
You can create a variety of boards specific to different goals. Here are some ideas of boards your child can make.
- Places to travel
- How to learn _________ (geometry, Spanish, etc)
- Books to read this year
- Activities to earn a Girl Scouts or Boys Scouts badge
- Journal prompts
- Building or designing the perfect house
- Dream wedding
A Pinterest board is a vision board that can grow and change with your child.
What Type of Vision Board Will Your Child Create?
Most vision boards focus on general life goals. However, you could also help your child to create occasion specific vision boards. These could include a Christmas themed board, a summer vision board, or a birthday themed vision board.
These types of boards are actually great for kids as they aren’t set too far in the future. It can be difficult for kids to stay motivated towards long-term goals. So, starting out with occasion specific vision boards can be a great way to introduce the concept to younger children.
These vision board ideas for kids are an easy and fun way for your child to set goals and keep them motivated in reaching them.
Which one will you choose to get your child excited about their future dreams? Drop it below in the comments.
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