“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
What is your child passionate about? What are your child’s hopes and dreams? Making a dream board can be a fun and visual way for your child to express their dreams and inspire them to pursue them. All you need is some construction paper, an old magazine or two, and some glue. Then let your imagination take over! So here is how to create a dream board for kids.
What you will need:
- A large piece of construction paper or poster board. (You can even use an old cork memo board.)
- Old magazines, Internet pictures, pamphlets, etc. (Libraries often sell their old magazines for a small fee. Ask the neighbors for old magazines. Use the Internet by searching for a specific type of image or theme. Websites such as www.istockphoto.com or Getty Images are great sites to explore.)
- Glue or other adhesive.
What to do:
- Have your child go through the magazines and cut out any pictures that motivate them or make them feel ambitious.
- You can also divide the board into four sections. Here are some ideas for what to include:
- Do: What do you want to do this summer? What do you enjoy doing? What would you like to learn to do?
- Be: What do you want to be when you grow up? What kind of person do you want to be? (Help them find photos of smiling faces, people helping others, etc.)
- Go: Where do you dream of going? Where have you already been? What’s your favorite place to visit? How will you get there?
- Love: Who do you love? Family? Pets? What makes you feel loved?
Help them avoid filling their board with toys and material possessions. Place their dream board in their room where it can serve as a daily reminder of their goals.
Here is a fun example!