Happy New Year!
When January rolls around, it seems that a lot of us find ourselves reflecting on the past year and perhaps even feeling the need to make changes in the new year. (My birthday also happens to fall at the beginning of January, so this is doubly true for me.) Some people call them 'resolutions,' but I've never had success with those. I prefer to call them 'intentions'. Setting intentions for how I want to live this year, ways I want to improve, and goals I hope to accomplish.
To help visualize these intentions, because I do truly believe that putting out what you want helps you get it, I decided to make a vision board. And then I thought that my daughter Lucy might have fun making one, too. After all, she likes projects, cutting, and pasting!
I gathered a portion of my amassed collection of old magazines, along with poster board, scissors, and glue sticks, and explained to her what we were going to do. I didn't want to guide or direct her too much, because I wanted to see what she would choose to cut out. I told her she could cut out any pictures or words that she liked, or that inspired her. Once we had all of our images cut out (and shared a few), we made our collages. I have to say, the finished products make me happy.
Lucy's picture choices ranged from the obvious (ballet dancers) to the not-so much (make-up?), but all were pretty, and clearly made some kind of impression on her 6 year-old mind, which also made them awesome.
Mine were...plentiful. Lots of words and phrases, with some images thrown in there. I was initially discouraged by the images I was finding (or not), but I as also surprised by a few really perfect ones that popped up, too.
It's been years since I made one of these, but it was a lot of fun, and something I would love to do more regularly, maybe every New Year! And I would love to continue doing this with Lucy. I presume that as she gets older and can really consider and understand who she is and wants to be, this will become an even more fun, and meaningful, exercise and project for her.
This was such a fun project, and you one that can be done using materials you most likely already have at home. Like, for instance, the back issues of magazines you have stacked up, next to your bed, collecting dust...maybe. I mean, hypothetically speaking. And it's a great rainy (or snowy) day activity for when you're cooped up at home and/or for just when you're looking for something easy to do. Kids get to cut and paste, while thinking about what inspires them (or what they inspire to be) what could be more fun?!
Written by Guest Mom Contributor Shannon Casper.