5 tips for creating vision boards with kids

This past Saturday was our annual family “vision board night.” If you’re not familiar with the making of vision boards (also known as dream boards), basically you search through magazines for images that speak to you, whether it’s something you want to achieve or you just like the color scheme, or maybe you don’t even know why you like it, you just do. Then you cut them out and glue them to a poster board.

The board then represents things you want to achieve and/or goals you have for your year. I’ve made several through the years and it’s always fun to look back on them to see what things manifested in real life, and in what capacity.

I’ve done them three ways and all are a blast: with a group of friends or co-workers, with my spouse on a “date night”, and with my entire family, like this past weekend. This was the second year we had a family dream board night and I learned a lot of lessons both this year and last so here are tips for a successful family dream board night:

Creating vision boards with kids

 1. Get a variety of magazines, including plenty of kid friendly options. This time I didn’t have as many kid-friendly mags so they got a little bored looking through the travel, cooking and pop culture mags. Plus, last month’s Vanity Fair had fully frontal booby shots of Kate Moss which was fun to explain. Next time I’ll be getting some Disney related reads for sure.

2. Talk to your kids ahead of time about the things they might be looking for so they aren’t going in blindly. For example, over the week leading up to the actual making of the vision boards, I talked to the girls about things they wanted to accomplish and places they wanted to go, individually and as a family, so that when they saw images that represented those things they could cut them out. They definitely found new stuff while flipping through the mags that they hadn’t thought of before, but at least it helped them have a little guidance ahead of time.

3. Explain how the night will work, set expectations and set time limits. Just like with everything we do, I always prep my kids ahead of time with the overall plan of what’s going to happen and any time constraints so that they are not surprised or thrown for a loop. I give them a pre-determined amount of time to look through the magazines and to cut everything out. Then some more time to make the board, and then we always have a show and tell at the end so they can present their board, talking about why they chose each image.

4. Put the technology away! Vision boards take concentration, plus, this is an awesome time to just be together without worldly distractions. Try to put all gadgets away like iPhones, iPads, and game players. The only electronic thing we had going was the iPad to play our favorite music play lists.

5. Know how and where you will be posting them once they are finished. Last year’s dream boards were on  2’ x 3’ foam core boards that took up so much space that we didn’t have any place to put them. This year we used smaller, thinner poster board that the girls will be able to tape up on the wall next to their beds.

how to make a vision board with your kidsSide note: While making our dream boards I posted this photo above on Facebook with the caption, “Please no one cut out a cat” because it’s common knowledge how I feel about cats. Much to my chagrin this was my 4 year old’s board . . .

Dream boards with cats. . . complete with a glitter mouth and a glass of something that is either Kool Aid and hopefully not an adult beverage.  Maybe I need to re-think this activity for next year.



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    Theresa says:

    Would you like to borrow kitty for a few days? I’m sure that would convince the kids they don’t want a cat.

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    Love this. I think it’s important to encourage children to live a world of possibilities, so encouraging them to do vision boards is great practice even at a young age!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you! Yes, I love teaching them that it they think it, and put it out the universe, they can accomplish it.

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    laura says:

    This is such a great idea, and my son is at a perfect age to start doing it. Can’t wait to give it a try!!

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    Carolyn Espina says:

    Great ideas! I think I’m going to do this with my family during Thanksgiving time as a project to encourage creativity & inspiration for their futures! :)

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    DP says:

    Great ideas. We just did this last week with my son. Even made a cute video out of if :)

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    Funny Mama says:

    I was just about to do a post on my blog about family vision boards. I’ve had some major events come to fruition on past boards I’ve created! Thanks for the tips!

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    Sonya says:

    I love the idea of the whole family creating vision boards. I’m excited to try this with my family.

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    Danielle says:

    Super cool! This is our family night tonight!

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    […] My favorite dreamboard method is something I can hold and display on my wall as a constant reminder, much like the notecards we made yesterday. For this method you will need a manilla folder, canvas, poster board, foam board… whichever you prefer. I like the manilla folder, because once I’ve accomplished the dreams I can easily store it if I want to keep it. You will also need some magazines. You can usually get free ones at the library, salons, doctor’s offices, etc. when they are done with them or have been replaced by current ones. Also pull out some glue, paper, pens, markers, whatever you would like to decorate your dreamboard and make it yours. Here is the start to my current one. I will share the “finished” board with you tomorrow. Once you have your backdrop ready, start cutting images out of your magazines, printing them off your computer, using text (though I believe images are more powerful here). Then arrange your images onto your board and glue them down. When your board is complete, be sure to display it where you can see it and be reminded of what your life may look like once you have achieved your goal. You can even get your kids in on the action by having them create their own dreamboard or create a family dreamboard. […]

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