Everyone likes to dream, especially young students who have life ahead of them. One way to grab those dreams and put them down on paper is to make a vision board. Curating a vision for a young student can start with paint, colored pencils, glue and poster board. Simple key questions about their likes/dislikes, interests and goals are perfect for gathering information to help create the board.

Vision boards are unique and fun. Traditionally, they are a collection of future goals and dreams represented by photos, words or objects that are glued onto a poster board. Unlike an action plan though, a vision board focuses more on the “what” instead of the “how” by intentionally not including clear deadlines or end dates.

To get the most from the activity, it is best to let the child lead. Make sure to set aside a time when the child is relaxed and comfortable. To keep younger kids focused, the parent may divide the process into segments when the child is at his/her best. Collect all the items needed before starting the process such as crayons, colored pencils, paints, physical objects and poster board. A child could cut out or print up images from the computer or favorite magazines ahead of time so there are plenty of images to choose.

The most important thing to remember is that there are no right or wrong answers. This is an activity about the exploration of thoughts, interests, dreams and personalities. So, have fun and keep it simple! Make it unique by hand-lettering a child’s initials or name and add personal elements like quotes, drawings or art. Then help the child hang the board in a place where they can frequently see it, like a bedroom or bathroom.

Here are a few helpful questions:

  1. What are your favorite activities or interests?
  2. What are some of your dreams?
  3. What would you like to learn to do?
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  5. Where is one place you’d like to visit?
  6. What do you think makes a good friend?
  7. How could you help others?

Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.