A vision board is an easy, fun way to create, and record, future dreams and goals. It can be used to teach children goal setting, an important life skill you can never start too early! A vision board helps you to be more aware of what your children love, and to understand the way they visualise their dreams. It is an enjoyable and playful way of exploring your child’s vision for their future.
Choose a time when your child is relaxed and at their best. They will get more out of this if it can be done at a comfortable pace. Ask your child what their future dreams are and what they might want to have in their life.
These are big questions that can be tough to answer. So it’s a good idea to start with simple warm-up questions. Below are 10 questions which will help you guide your child in recognising what they want.
You can freely modify the questions to make it more relevant for your child. If your child is very small, you can make it simpler by limiting the exercise to two or three easier questions.
1. What are some of your favourite things?
2. Are your favourite activities or hobbies?
3. What kind of house/car would you like to have?
4. What makes you happy?
5. What are your biggest goals or dreams?
6. What would you like to be when you grow up? What kind of work would you like to do?
7. Who is the hero you would most wish to be like?
8. Where in the world would you like to travel to?
9. If you could have one special superpower, what superpower would it be?
10. What kind of difference do you want to make in this world?
Find pictures that represent the answers of the questions from the magazines prepared. Glue them onto the vision board. Your kid can draw the answer by themselves instead of attaching images. There is no right way of making a vision board!
Once the vision board is completed, put it somewhere your child can see every day. It can serve as a helpful resource that your child can use over and over again to stay on track and motivated.
You can work through the list of questions together with your child or let your child do it by themselves. Let older children take more control and have some moments of privacy to work. The child is more likely to push towards their goals if they can take ownership of, or are invested in, them.
Some children have difficulty in sitting down and keeping still. If so, you can simplify the process by cutting down the questions and/or make it more fun. For instance, children love multi-sensory activities. You can encourage your child to attach physical objects to the vision board.
Most importantly, make it fun! It’s a great way to focus their imagination on the future.