Vision boards have played a big part in my life for the last few years. It allowed me to stay focus on my ambitions while staying true to myself and turning my dreams into a reality. As a result, my daughter was inspired to make a vision board of her own. Her very first vision board! Building vision boards with kids will boost their self-esteem for all the days to come. It will support them in staying true to themselves. To be brave and resilient.
Wondering whether vision boards are appropriate for your kids?
Here’s what I have to say. Once your child is old enough to articulate herself and can tell you want she wants to be when she grows up, some places she wants to visit, what she needs……
You know, things like these. She can build herself a vision board with your guidance. Of course!
You may wonder about some of the things she wants to include on her vision board.?
But that’s okay. Have fun with it!
My daughter, Sophia is 8, and she wow me – with her dreams.
You are never too young to dream.
What Is A Vision Board
A vision board is a compilation of the things we desire to have in life. Who do we want to become? The things we want to do. Who we want to be with. Where do we want to go? Our wildest dreams!
A vision board is one of the most powerful manifesting tools! It allows us to have a vision in life.
A vision board lets your subconscious mind knows what to focus on.
What Do We Put On Our Vision Boards
You can put up pictures and words. Or either-or. The choice is yours.
I use both words and pictures. And so did my daughter – when she created her vision board over the weekend.
You can put images of the things you want in life, places you want to travel, and the car you want to drive. You can write words as to how you want to feel. What feelings do you want to bring into your life?
You can put anything you want to bring into your life on your vision board.
Find pictures using magazines, Pinterest, or Google search to represent the things you desire to have in life. And the feelings you want to experience. Abundance, joyous, limitless, free, successful…..
Focus on what you want and why you want it. Then trust the process. Don’t worry about the how and where.
Ask for what you want, believe in it, and allow the process to unfold.
5 Steps to Building Vision Boards With Kids
Now, let’s dive!
Here are – 5 steps to take when you are building vision boards with kids.
Step 1: Gather supplies needed to build vision boards with kids
We used a corkboard. But if this is not an option, you can use poster boards or a whiteboard.
You will also need magazines, printing paper, markers, crayons, gluestick, thumbtacks, tape, and scissors. If magazines are not readily available and you have a printer and ink. Then you can search for images online and print them out.
We searched online for pictures of Disney and other attractions that Sophia wanted on her vision board.
Step 2: Let your child do a visualization activity
If your child is new to mindfulness. Take a few minutes to explain this process to her.
Begin with some deep breathing, and allow her to close her eyes and daydream about her future. Support her by using these journaling prompts:
- How do you want to feel?
- What are some things you desire to have in life?
- What are some places you would like to visit?
- Who is there with you?
- What will you like to be when you grow up?
- Who do you want to help?
- How are you dressed?
- What are you doing?
- Who inspires you?
- If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?
You can also light a candle and turn on some soothing music. This will help her relax and allow her to tap into her authentic self and creativity.
Allow this visualization to last for about 10-15 minutes
Step 3: Create a roadmap to desires
Here’s where the fun begins.
Now, let your child write her desires out. The ones we just visualize. This will serve as a guide when collecting images and words for who she wants to be, what she wants to do, and have in her future.
Now that she’s clear about what she wants and how she wants to feel. It’s time to get cutting!
Go through magazines with her and allow her to grab things that have meaning to her. Maybe she comes across an image of someone she admires and wants to meet that person.
It’s all good! Let her go for it.
The beauty of building a vision board for kids is there’s no time frame. This allows them to dream as far into their future.
If there’s something she wants and can’t put her fingers on an image. Then she can draw a picture of it. And use words to describe what she wants.
Don’t get caught up in finding the perfect image. Find a picture that represents what she wants. She knows that image is a representation of what she wants. So every time she looks at that image, she knows its meaning.
Write words out on printing paper using different color markers of how she wants to feel. Sophia loves colorful things. If your child does as well, then say yes to using a variety of colors.
Let your child’s creativity flow onto their vision board. Building their dreams.
4. Build your dream board
Have your child review their images, words, and art. Creating categories for these.
Here are some examples. All places of interest and adventures can go under a category that will be called traveling.
Another category can be – my future self. Where your child can place images of their outfits, their career choices, and words representing how they would like to feel.
Support your child as they play around with designing their vision board.
Once they are ready. Go ahead and help them tack their creations onto the corkboard.
If your child wants to move some of the images and words around. That’s okay. Let them do it. It’s their vision board and should be appealing to them.
5. Give your vision board a home
Now, your child’s vision board is all done. It’s time to give it a home. Position it in a spot where your child can see it daily.
Sit with your child and help create a strategic plan on steps that are needed to reach their goals. Taking inspired actions and trusting the process. Remind your child not to be in haste. It takes time, patience, and gratitude.
For the first week, spend at least 5 minutes a day looking at your child’s vision board. Discuss their goals with them. Answering any questions they may have.
Revisit the board once a month together with your child. If they want to add or – remove some things. That’s okay. Goals change every so often for all of us.
Why should you build a vision board with your child
Vision boards allow us to dream big. And the bigger we dream, the more fulfilling we become over time. Vision boarding at a young age will allow your child to focus on the things that matter to them.
They will be strong will. Have the power to say no to societal noises while fulfilling their dreams and becoming the happiest person they will ever know!
As Walt Disney said:
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.”
Do you have a vision board of your own? Let me know in the comments below.