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Wednesday 8 January 2020

How to Make a Vision Journal with Kids

Teach your children to dream big! Having a vision is a productive habit to have for dreaming big and creating a vision board or journal is a fun way to do this. 

When it comes to journaling, kids are usually put off it by all the writing that they need to do. However, with a vision journal children get to rip pages, cut and paste, and decorate - there's not much writing involved. Think of it as a craft activity that will appeal to children of all ages.

The best thing about it is that they'll be creating a vision of the goals that they want to achieve. This will help them to stay on track and teach then to go for their goals.

What you need:
  • journal or book
  • magazines and catalogues
  • markers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • stickers, optional
Here are the steps to help your children create a vision journal:

1. Reflect & Reason
Ask your children to think about what's important to them and what they'd like to achieve by the end of the year. Have them brain storm and write down all the words that comes into their minds. 

Once they have their collection of words then go through and circle the most important ones and cross out any that doesn't resonate.

2. Seek & Sort
Have your children keep those words in mind when they look through magazines and catalogues for images that reflect those word goals. Whatever images appeal to them just cut or rip them out.

Once they have a pile of images then it's time to sort through them and select only the ones that are most relevant.

3. Arrange & Adhere
Next, have your children arrange and re-arrange the pictures in their journal until they love how it looks. 

Once they have a pleasing arrangement, they can start to paste the collage with glue. 

4. Decorate & Display
They can write words that connect them with the pictures using markers or they might choose to clip words from magazines (larger print is best) and glue them to the vision journal. They can also decorate with stickers or draw pictures with markers. This will depend on how creative they want to be.

Have your children leave their vision journal on top of their desk, bedside table, or somewhere they’ll see it and have easy access to every day. Stop and open it to look at it, touch it, and say out loud, “I’m working for that!” Let them get excited about the prospect of achieving their goals. 

That's it! Have fun doing this.

To make it easier for your children, I've made some templates that they might want to use.

It covers 6 areas: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical/health, financial and family. You can print and use them all or focus on family goals and print that page only.

There's also a page for monthly visions of these 6 areas. Included is a reflection page for these monthly goals so you can find ways to achieve them. Both journals are included in the one purchase. See more details here and to purchase.

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