A Big Life Board is a collage of images and words representing a child’s dreams, goals, things, and people that matter to them.
Creating a Big Life Board helps children learn how to set goals, visualize their dreams, and stay focused on reaching their goals. This positive activity will boost their self-confidence, exercise their creativity, and encourage trying new things.
Follow the five simple steps below to create your spectacular Big Life Board!
The printables to make a Big Life Board are included in Self-Esteem & Confidence Kit.
Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our FREE Personal & Family Values. This printable provides a great opportunity for your family to explore and identify values that can help guide you and your children in making the right choices.
1. Discuss the Purpose of the Big Life Board
Before you and your child (or students) make your boards, take some time to discuss their goals, dreams, and interests. Share yours with them too! Explain the importance of long-term and short-term goals and why it’s important to dream big.
Discuss the topics of grit and perseverance and how these skills can help your child achieve their dreams.
2. Find Your Inspiration
There are a lot of great examples of vision boards out there. Search on Google or Pinterest to get inspired.
3. Plan Your Board
Once you found a few inspirations, it's time to start planning. Your kids might do some basic sketching on a piece of paper first to imagine the final layout.
Before you start building, ask questions like:
- Will our board have a theme?
- Which elements do we want to include (e.g., images, affirmations, graphics, puzzles, quotes, etc.)?
- Will the board have a specific color scheme?
- What materials do we need to create the board (e.g., printable kits, magazines, glue, colored paper, stickers, etc.)?
Check out your local dollar store or craft shops for cardboard letters, presentation boards, colored paper, and more. The possibilities are endless!
4. Create Your Board
Once you have your materials, it's time to get creative! You will need your building blocks: images, quotes, colored paper, ribbons, cardboard letters, graphics, etc. You will also need some tools like scissors, glue, staples, markers, and colored pencils.
Print out the FREE weekly printable pages (sign up above and receive them in your Inbox). You can also use the printable kits and posters by Big Life Journal as materials for your board.
Refer back to your board sketch (see Step 3) and continue to experiment with different designs and ideas.
5. Display and Keep It Alive!
Display your board someplace where it can become a powerful reminder for children and adults. Make a habit of reading out loud the quotes and affirmations on the board. If you have visitors, encourage children to talk about the board and what it means to them. Make changes to the board once in a while by updating quotes, images, and adding new affirmations and drawings. This way it will always remain the center of attention.