New Year’s DIY: Make Vision Boards with the Kids

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Looking for an engaging way to get the kids involved in celebrating the new year? Take making resolutions up a notch and carve out some time to create a vision board with your child instead.

A vision board is essentially a visual reminder of your goals and intentions for the upcoming year. It’s a great hands-on craft for kids and a wonderful way to teach them the importance of setting goals and following through. We recommend making your own vision board while helping your children with their boards to really drive home this point.

Vision boards are most often created by sitting down with a stack of magazines, cutting out images that represent your wants and ambitions, and gluing them onto a large piece of paper or poster board to make a collage. Since we want to put our boards in the kitchen where our family will see them daily, we decided on a more modern approach.

By using magnetized chalkboard backing for our vision boards, we spiced up their look. The magnets will also allow the kids to swap out photos of old goals for new ones as they check things off their list, making their vision boards works in progress that can last for years.

To make your vision board, you will need:

  • a roll of adhesive chalkboard paper
  • a frame
  • a piece of metal sheeting the same size as your frame
  • magazines or photos found online
  • scissors
  • magnets
  • chalk

If you’re wondering where you’ll find the metal sheeting, many craft stores actually carry these. I found my 12-by-12 inch sheet on the same shelf as my 12-by-12 inch frame and the adhesive chalkboard paper.

To get started, place the metal sheeting on the backside of the chalkboard paper and trace.

Cut out the chalkboard paper and peel off the first inch or so of its backing. Place the sticky side onto the metal sheet and gently roll the chalkboard paper onto the metal, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go.

Once the frame backing is complete you will have a magnetized piece of chalkboard. Open up your frame and remove the glass. Place the chalkboard piece inside and replace the frame’s backing.

Now it’s time for the fun part: cutting out items to put up on your vision board. Help your kids focus on positive goals for the upcoming year such as eating healthy, getting outside more, or making new friends. Then search through a pile of magazines or on the Internet for photos of these things. Once you find them, cut or print them out and hang them up on your vision board using magnets.

Need inspiration?  On my board I included yoga, journaling, laughing and cooking with the kids more and, fingers crossed, getting good sleep when baby number three arrives.

On the kids’ board we included a lot of things they want to learn to do over the next year: to ski, to read, and to ride a bike. We also put up some things they wanted to experience such as going to a football game and planting a vegetable garden.

That’s it.  Now you have a stylish prop to help you reinforce the positive goals you made with the kids all year long.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Morgan

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