Vision boards are fun and full of possibilities and they have become extremely popular in recent years.
What exactly is a vision board you ask? Well, in a nutshell, it's a collection of images, words, and phrases that represent what you want your future to look like.
They are used by both kids and adults and are a great way to set and achieve dreams for the future. Vision boards are especially popular for children since it's an easy way for them to visualize goals in smaller sizes as well as to stay motivated and focused on the things they want to achieve
Here, we’ll look at just some of the awesome benefits vision boards deliver for kids.
Encouraging your child to dream big
As adults, sometimes one of our biggest downfalls is failing to dream big enough. We get so stuck in a rut that we lose sight of the future. This is why it’s important to not only set goals for ourselves, but teach our children to dream big. This will help them to pursue what they love and live the kind of life that makes them happy.
The majority of children in the United States are raised with a strong sense of what they want to be when they grow up. In a recent survey, it was found that about 75% of kids have a clear idea of what they want to do when they get older.
This is not surprising considering how much society celebrates and rewards people for their success. But this can also have a negative impact on kids who don’t have the same aspirations as their peers or who don’t know what they want to do with their lives. These children may feel like there is something wrong with them and that they are missing out on something important, which can lead to low self-esteem and depression.
A lot of parents are worried about how to help their children achieve their dreams. They don't know what the best way is or if they should even try. The best advice I can give you is to make sure your children have a positive attitude and stay focused on achieving their goals.
You can do this! Helping your child to create a simple vision board will allow them to set out their dreams and goals while encouraging them to think as big as possible. The motivation and focus they’ll need to succeed will easily flow from there.
It provides a great bonding experience
The best way to create a vision board with your child is by working on it together with them. This will be a fun and bonding experience for both of you, and the quality time spent together will make it easier for your child to follow through with their goals once they are set.
Teaching them about responsibility
Vision boards are a great way for kids to learn how to dream big, but they also teach them how to be responsible. They learn that in order to achieve their goals, they need to take action.
So, if your kid decides she wants to be a doctor for example, you can help her layout the steps she'll need to take to make her dream a reality. Doing well in school is one of these responsibilities, as they would obviously need good grades to become a doctor. So, creating a fun graphic like a mind map would encourage better performance at school.
Helping to foster creativity, excitement and passion
Younger children are naturally creative, but as they grow, they can start to lose that creativity. Helping them to create a vision board fosters their creative side, as well as generates excitement and passion.
These are all great skills your child will find extremely useful in their lifetime. Technology has meant that many kids now spend most of their time in front of the television or their tablet devices. This greatly dulls out creativity, potentially harming their development.
So, when you help them to create a vision board for their life, you’ll be helping to nurture their passion, excitement and creativity.
It creates good habits
We all want out kids to have good habits. However, teaching them these habits isn’t always easy. Vision boards can help to foster good habits in your children by keeping them focused on their goals.
By working towards their goals, they will develop skills such as self-motivation, responsibility and additional focus. These types of skills will greatly help them throughout their adult life.
These are just some of the awesome benefits vision boards can deliver for kids. The earlier you introduce them, the more benefits they are going to have. However, it’s important to ensure that you tailor the board to cater to their specific age range. In our next blog, we’ll look into the different types of vision boards you can create for kids.
Now you know the benefits vision boards can deliver for kids, you may be keen to get started. However, before you do, it’s worth researching about the different types of vision boards you can use.
There are several types of vision boards you can use for kids and each has its own unique benefits. Here, we’ll look at 5 types of vision boards you can create with your kids.
1. The cut-out vision board
The most popular vision board for kids is the cut-out version. This basically involves finding material to go onto the board from magazines or photos, then cutting them out and sticking them on.
Cork boards are a popular base to use for these types of vision boards. Or, alternatively you can use a white board. You’ll just need scissors and glue and potentially even a few craft supplies to decorate the board.
As a general rule, it’s better to add bright images if you want them to really inspire and motivate your kids.
2. The digital vision board
One of the more modern vision board ideas, is to create a digital board. These are made and put together entirely online. You can make them really fancy by using graphic creation software and apps.
Simply find digital photos, arrange them using the software, then print it out. You can either use photo paper to print it out, or you could opt to send it to a professional printing company who can put it onto a canvas for you.
These types of boards do tend to look stunning once printed. They are also very easy to create as you don’t need to cut anything out. However, they can be a little more time consuming and they also require your child to have some knowledge of graphic creation software.
3. Occasion specific vision boards
Most vision boards focus on general life goals. However, you could also help your child to create occasion specific vision boards. These could include summer vision boards, Christmas themed boards, or birthday themed vision boards.
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.
4. The physical object vision board
If you’re looking for a fun type of vision board to create with the kids, a physical object variation is recommended. Rather than using images to represent your child’s goals and dreams, instead you’ll use physical objects.
This type of vision board is very hands on. As well as providing a fun, craft-based activity, physical object vision boards can also help with your child’s sensory development. As they need to be more involved in its creation, kids also tend to become more immersed in this type of board.
As effective as physical object vision boards can be, they can also be the most challenging to put together. This is because you’ll need to find items which are small and light enough to fit on the board. It can also prove challenging finding objects to represent your child’s dreams.
5. A vision book
The last type of vision board project you can create with your kids is the vision book. Rather than using a board to highlight your child’s dreams and goals, instead you’ll put them into a notebook.
There are a lot of advantages of these types of boards. Goals can be separated onto different pages, plus they will be able to carry the book around with them.
As you can see, there are many different types of vision boards you can create with your kids. It’s a good idea to consider their skill level, age and the types of goals they are looking to include on the board. This will give you the best idea of which type is right for you and your child.
You have two main options when creating a vision board with your kids. The first is to create a physical board together, and the second is to create a digital vision board. The question is, which version is more effective?
There are pros and cons to each option. Therefore, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these differences before deciding which one to attempt with your child.
Here, we’ll explore digital and physical vision boards, the differences between them and how to choose the right one to create with your kids.
What are physical and digital vision boards?
Physical vision boards are the most common type created by both adults and children. They typically consist of images cut out of magazines or photos, stuck onto a whiteboard or cork board.
Digital vision boards are created online. Images are taken from the internet, arrange using graphic design software and then printed off to be displayed.
What are the main differences between them?
There are a few notable differences between physical and digital vision boards. The main one being how they are created.
It takes a little more effort to create a physical board as you need to go through the motions of cutting and pasting. You can use your old magazines, photos, post-its, or even just cut up pieces of paper. The important thing is that your child able to visualize her goals and aspirations.
Physical boards are my personal favorite, since they give you a lot more versatility in terms of design. Your child can use images, quotes, and she could even add physical items onto the board.
While you don't get the tactile feel with a digital boards, you do have a LOT more choices for creativity with images and quotes. The internet is your playground with this one.
However, while the materials for digital boards are free, printing them out professionally can make them more expensive. So, if you’re on a budget, you’ll want to stick to printing them onto photo paper.
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How to choose the best one for you and your child
So, now you know the differences between physical and digital vision boards, the question is how do you choose which one to create with your child? It helps to ask yourself the following:
- Does your child enjoy playing with the computer?
- Does your child learn more from physically doing something?
- How much time do you have to spare?
If your child isn’t familiar with digital software, it can be challenging teaching them how to create a digital vision board. However, if you do have the time and they are old enough to learn, you could use it as an opportunity to teach your child a new skill. If they are likely to struggle, a physical board might be your better option.
How much you’re willing to spend is also important as a professional looking digital vision board can be expensive. Similarly, if you don’t have magazines lying around, buying some could also really add up.
Physical vision boards are great for kids who learn more by physically doing something. If they’ve actively put together the vision board, they will be more connected to it and therefore more likely to find it effective. However, some kids are more digitally minded, so consider the personality of your child when choosing between them.
Both physical and digital vision boards take time to create. However, digital boards do tend to take a little more time. So, consider any time restrictions you may have before making a decision.
Both digital and physical vision boards have their advantages. It’s important to be aware of both the pros and cons before choosing which one to create with your child.
Now you know the different types and methods of creating vision boards for kids, there’s a few things to consider before creating one. Did you know for example, that there are a lot of mistakes you can make when creating a vision board for children?
Unless they are created correctly, vision boards aren’t going to have much of an impact on your kids. Therefore, it’s worth researching some of the mistakes commonly made in order to help you avoid them.
Here, we’ll look at some of the most common vision board mistakes you’ll definitely want to avoid.
Failing to have a theme
Although the theme behind a child’s vision board is going to be a lot simpler than an adult board, it’s still going to need one. Unless you’re simply introducing the basics of what a vision board is to your child, a theme is crucial to ensure it is effective.
The theme for a child’s vision board could be vacations, seasonal or it could simply be a space for the things they want most. You could even use it as a way to teach good habits, such as a daily chore vision board. It might not sound exciting, but when done correctly it can get your child excited, as well as motivated to do their chores.
So, pick out a theme with your child and then ensure you stick to it.
Taking too long to complete it
A very common mistake is taking too long to complete the vision board.
While it may make sense to gradually complete the board to allow for further inspiration, it actually gives your mind a chance to plant seeds of doubt. In terms of creating the board with kids, you’ll also find that they become bored very quickly if it takes days to complete something.
So, aim to finish the vision board within an hour or two maximum. This will keep your child interested and make the process fun, rather than a chore.
Choosing the wrong images
The whole point of vision boards is to inspire a change. However, this isn’t going to happen if you use the wrong images.
The images you use to create a vision board for kids are going to be much different to the ones used in an adult board. Ideally, they need to be bright, captivating images which draw your child’s attention.
Let them pick the images they want on the board. You might not agree with them, but this is your child’s board remember. They should be able to include anything that inspires them or makes them happy.
Using the wrong type of vision board
Using the wrong type of vision board is another common mistake. You’ve already learnt about the different types in the previous blogs in this series. Make sure you take your time to familiarize yourself with the different types before deciding which one to use.
It could be a good idea to experiment with a few different types first to find the one which best fits your child.
Creating a solely digital board
Digital vision boards are becoming more popular due to how convenient and beautiful they can be. However, while it is possible to have them solely online, it definitely isn’t recommended.
The trouble is, once you’ve created and stored the digital vision board, it won’t be constant vision. This makes it easy for your child to forget about. Make sure once the board has been created, you print it off so that it can be displayed somewhere your child will see it.
There are a lot of mistakes you can make when creating vision boards for kids. The above are just some of the most common. Familiarizing yourself with these mistakes ensures you can avoid them and increase the chances your vision board will be a success.
Ready to get started creating a vision board with the kids? Before you do, it’s worth learning a few clever tips to help with its creation.
If you want your child to get the most out of their vision board, it’s important to follow a few simple steps. Here, we’ll look at 5 fab tips for creating vision boards with kids you’ll want to follow.
1. Decide whether to create one or more boards
Sometimes, it can help to create more than one vision board for kids. It really depends upon the age of your children and how much previous experience they have with creating vision boards.
If you’re only just starting to introduce the idea of vision boards into their life, starting with just one is the best idea. However, once your child becomes a little more experienced, it’s a good idea to introduce more vision boards into their life.
This is because, you can create different vision boards for different areas of your child’s life. One could be used for daily chores, another could be used for seasonal or special occasions, and another board could be used for your child’s dreams.
2. Help your kids brainstorm ideas
At first, your child may struggle to come up with their own ideas for their vision board. So, they may need a little help brainstorming some ideas.
Sit down together and ask them what their dreams or goals are. Depending upon their age, you may need to give them a few examples to prompt them. Write each of their ideas down and then once you have a good list put together, you can then work on putting the vision board together.
3. Make the board as specific as possible
If you want the board to actually work for your child, it’s a good idea to make it as specific as possible. Children don’t tend to have the same level of attention or focus as adults. So, if it’s too general and long-term, they are unlikely to follow it.
Make sure the goals are specific, and you only focus on one thing at a time.
4. Add bright, attention-grabbing images
We’ve already touched upon this briefly in previous blogs. However, the importance of adding bright attention-grabbing images cannot be dismissed.
The brighter the images are, the more it’s going to attract your child. Kids love bright things and they tend to be more motivated by something if it grabs their attention.
Let them take the lead in terms of which images they want to include. This is the best way of ensuring the vision board is effective.
5. Place the board somewhere they can see it daily
Finally, once the vision board has been completed, you’re going to want to stick it somewhere your child can see it. This could be in their bedroom, on the refrigerator or on the wall in the kitchen. Wherever they spend a lot of their time, place the vision board so they can see it.
You can also bring the vision board down and talk through your child’s progress. If you do this daily, it’s going to help keep them focused on the steps they need to take to reach their dreams and goals.
Overall, vision boards can be great for kids. They deliver so many unique benefits, as well as teaching them life-long vision board skills. If they master it in early childhood, they’ll be able to create effective vision boards when they grow up. The above are just some of the top tips you can follow to ensure you create the best vision board for your child.