Making Dream Boards With Kids

Creating Dream Boards With Kids

Over the Christmas holidays, Miss G and I spent an afternoon together creating her very first dream board and we had SUCH a good time together.  I mean what’s not to love?  We flipped through magazines, found beautiful images and words, chatted non-stop about all of her hopes and dreams {if you know Grae you know that she’s a HUGE chatter}, and created something really special for her room.  A perfect girls’ afternoon, really.

Now that being said,  I’m no dream board expert, but I’m learning…  Thankfully my mom is a strong believer in dream boards, so I have some knowledge about what they are and how to make them from her, plus I have done them with students in the past.  Here’s how we made ours this time around…

First off, what is a dream board?

A dream board, or vision board, is a collage of images, affirmations, and words that represent one’s goals – who they want to be, what they want to do, what they want to have in their life, among other things. They’re designed as a source of inspiration and motivation and can be a really powerful tool for both adults and children alike.  For kids, dream boards can be a really positive and encouraging way to foster self-confidence as they serve as a source of inspiration and a regular reminder of their hopes and goals.

Here’s how to make one with your child…

Creating Dream Boards With Kids

Step 1: Gather your supplies.  While dream boards are most often made using poster boards and glue, I think using a cork board and tacks is very clever when dream boarding with kids as they allow for more flexibility and can easily be changed and rearranged.  You’ll also need a variety of magazines and a pair of scissors, and markers, washi tape, a notebook, and a pen or pencil are optional, but recommended.

Creating Dream Boards With Kids

Step 2:  Do a visualization.  As adults, we most often focus our vision boards on the coming year, but with kids I think it’s easier to open it up and focus on the future in general. Before beginning the visualization, talk about how the future can be next week, next year, or even when they’re an adult.  Turn on some calm music and invite your child to get comfortable, close their eyes, and envision what they want their future to look like.  You may want to gently prompt their visualization with some guiding questions.

Sample Guiding Questions

– What things do you want to do?

– Where do you want to be?

– What qualities do you want to have?

– How do you want to feel?

– Who do you want be with?

– What will you do for fun?

– What do you want to achieve?

– What do you want to do for work?

Creating Dream Boards With Kids

Step 3: Create a mind map.  While this step is optional, I find it really valuable when dream boarding with kids.  After the visualization exercise, take out a notebook and a pen or pencil and help your child jot down the key components they visualized for their future using a mind map format.  I like to place the title “MY FUTURE” in the centre and have categories like “BE”, “DO”, “HAVE”, and “ACHIEVE” branching out from around it in order to give the child a starting point.  This step helps solidify the visualization and serves as a guide when searching for images, words, and phrases to represent their dreams later.

Creating Dream Boards With Kids

Step 4: Find or create images, words, and phrases.  Something you’ll want to be mindful of here is that your magazine selection reflects your child’s interests and includes people who look like them.  Invite your child to flip through the magazines to find images and text to represent their future dreams.  As they go, they can use their mind map as a checklist in order to ensure that all of their ideas are represented.  Encourage them to use paper, markers, and washi tape to create their own images, affirmations, and words in order to fill in any gaps or to add to the images they found.

Creating Dream Boards With Kids

Step 5: Create your dream board.  Ask your child to sort through their images and words and group them how they see fit.  Next, help them play with placement and overlapping on their work surface to create mini layouts that are visually appealing to them.  As they’re ready, have them tack their clippings and creations onto their cork board using the minimum number of tacks required.  Encourage them to switch things up as needed, only fully tacking things down when everything is in place and they’re happy with how it looks.

Creating Dream Boards With Kids

Step 6: Display and discuss.  The final step!  Find a spot to proudly display your child’s dream board.  Somewhere where it’ll be easily seen each day is best as it’ll serve as a point of inspiration, motivation, and reflection.  Sit with your child and soak it all in.  Talk about their goals and dreams and together, come up with some actionable steps they can take in order to make their dreams become a reality.  Encourage your child to spend some time with their dream board each day and to add to it or switch it up as they feel necessary (goals and dreams do sometimes change over time, after all!)  And that’s it!  In the following months, come back to the dream board with your child every now and then and continue to foster them using it as a tool and source of positive inspiration.

 

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3 thoughts on “Making Dream Boards With Kids

  1. This seems like a cool idea! My 5.5 yo girl will definitely love creating her own dream board. We travel quite often with our 3 kiddos and they love talking about things we saw, ate… since we’ve been sitting at home for such a long time now, making these boards will be perfect opportunity to talk about our dreams and make new plans :) by the way I also recently wrote blog post about creative activities for kids (https://www.littlebabygear.com/learning-through-play/). Mine are probably a bit younger than yours but maybe you’ll find these games interesting too. We became huge fans of finger painting, play dough and playing charades… Kids imagination is truly inspiring :)

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