We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision. ~ Unknown

When I was growing up, I had a poster of a ballerina on my wall with the statement: If You Can Imagine It, You Can Achieve It, If You Can Dream It, You Can Become It. I know.  It’s a little cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true.  That statement had a profound impact on the way I looked at life. I believe strongly in the power of imagination to shape our lives.

The Ballard Girl’s Vision Boards

A vision board expresses the vision you have for your life through pictures, images, and words. It’s a visual representation of your goals, and dreams, and imagination. Vision boards help kids (and adults!) focus on the positive things they want in their lives.

All In The Family

I had been working on a vision board activity for our Big Test Success program, when I happened to come across a facebook post from my friend, the amazing Susanne Ballard.  She was talking about the vision boards she and her husband were creating with their four girls as a New Years Day activity.

Susanne’s nine year old daughter, Kirby shared her vision board with me and told me a little bit about what she chose to put on it and why.

She has a smiling mouth because she wants braces, an image of two friends because she wants to focus on deeper relationships, a picture of herself writing because she wants to write more.

The board is filled with images that have meaning for her: a camera, a piggy bank, a surfer, a horse, a puppy, and so much more.

Family Vision Boards

“It’s amazing how just the act of collecting images gives you clarity about what you really want, starts to set your brain in motion,” says Kirby’s Mom. “Having the images in front of you opens you up to possibilities you might not have seen.”

The Ballards have also created a family vision board with places they’d like to visit in the coming year, and a health vision board filled with images of fresh fruit, exercise, massage, and even, organized closets.

The family plans on putting all of their vision boards on a wall in their dining room where they can look them every day because they know…If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, If you can dream it, you can become it!

This is a great activity to do as a family. Try not discourage any images. Just because your daughter glues a picture of a pony to her vision board doesn’t mean that one is going to show up on your doorstep tomorrow, although…you never know! 

Make Your Own Vision Boards With Kids


  • Large piece of posterboard
  • Glue sticks or double sided tape
  • Lots of old magazines, catalogues, travel brochures, etc.
  • You can also print out words and quotes 
  • Markers
  • Stickers, gitter glue, other decorations (optional)
  • Scissors


1. Ask your kids to think of some goals that they’d like to accomplish, things they’d like to have, and places they want to go. They can also think about words or phrases that have meaning for them.

2. Have them go through the magazine and start cutting out images that represent that goal, or anything that speaks to them. Lots of things they never even thought of will get cut out. This is the really fun part!

3. Encourage them to lay out the images on the posterboard before they start gluing. Remember, overlapping is fine!

4. Begin gluing. White glue will cause magazine images to buckle. Gluesticks tend to work better, but double sided tape is my favorite.

5.    Have fun!

P.S. I’d love to see the vision boards your kids create. Please share them in the comments section!