Welcome to 2017! The holiday season is over (finally...) and it's time to settle into a new year. I don't know if you guys knew this or not, but our two boys are home schooled. This school year, they wanted to have a secret agent theme going on, so they created their own code names: My fourth grader is called Titanium Falcon, and my first grader is called Drake Steel. So from now on, I will refer to them in this way. Of course, I was told that I had to participate, so they decided to call me Ultraviolet. I dig it, actually.
This craft serves two purposes...I am not one for New Year's resolutions simply because I can't keep them, but I do like the idea of having my dreams in front of me, reminding me of what my heart is truly craving. So not only did I think that a vision board would be a good idea for me, but for my two secret agents as well. Having them realize that short and long term goals also take time and are not an instant pleasure, was an important lesson for them to experience.
Secondly, I wanted to do a craft to honor Martin Luther King Jr's birthday (January 15). This year my secret agents watched a clip of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. After we discussed its meaning, I asked them, "What dreams do you have"? Thus the I Have A Dream Vision Board was born. I found a good explanation about vision boards here. After a quick discussion, the boys wrote down their goals and dreams and created their masterpiece.
I hope that you will enjoy doing this craft with your kids as much as I did. Please share what your family created. I would love to post their awesome creations on our home page! (You can send a picture to email@example.com)
This is what you will need:
-Crafty Brown templates (1/3) (2&3/3)
-Magazines or online clip art
Step 1: Have your kids (and you too if you are doing one...) discuss and write down their goals and dreams. For my secret agents, at least two of our goals had to be about helping someone else. Find pictures in magazines, books, or online that represent them well. Print or cut them out and place them aside.
Step 2: Take your poster board, fold it in half and cut as shown below. You should now have two long pieces.
Step 3: If you want to make your poster boards glittery and shiny, this is the time to do it. You can just buy poster board this way, I think... but of course I had to do things the complicated way... I just got a bottle of glitter shimmer spray paint by krylon and sprayed our poster boards for just a little bling affect.
Step 4: Print and cut out all three templates. For some of the clouds, I traced the image on different patterns of scrapbook paper to add some color and variety. Arrange them and glue them in place. Its best to print them out on cardstock as liquid glue will go straight through regular paper.
Step 5: Attach pictures to your vision board that best reminds you of what your goals and dreams are. Hang your vision board in a place where you can see it daily...where it can remind you of what really makes your heart sing. Please send me a pic of how your creation came to be. Happy MLK Day!