Oh, snap! It’s day five of crafting our way through Kwanzaa! I semi-randomly decided to drive to see my family two states away this morning, so today’s project happened in a Hyatt Place, proving that you can celebrate Kwanzaa anywhere ;-) (It also explains why Babygirl was crafting in her car PJs and overnight hair, lol.) Let’s get it.
DAY 5: Vision Board
On the fifth day of Kwanzaa, we meditate on the concept of Nia (Purpose). Inspired by a goal setting and vision boarding workshop that I run for nonprofits, we decided to create a mini vision board. I know, when you think vision boards you think of Oprah, The Secret, and grown women sitting on the floor swigging wine (or maybe that’s just my friends). But even toddlers have a view of what they want their future to look like, and pictures are a good way to get a glimpse into their thoughts. Babygirl covered hers with a group of dancing ladies (“They dance like me, and Beyoncé.”), a beach (her favorite place), jewelry (because she is fancy), a dog and a cat (because she be begging’ for pets), a house (I like how she thinks), and a mama and her daughter dancing (awwwww!).
Nia means purpose, and today we think about what we want our future to look like and how we will get there. It’s a time to reflect on how we are using our talents and to assess if we are on track (and how we can get there if we have wandered into the woods). A vision board helps us put into the Universe that which we wish for ourselves.
-1 sheet of paper (Used is fine, as you’ll be covering it with pictures.)
-Old magazines (Anything that might have images your child can relate to; I specifically made one of them a Black title, so she could find people who look like her.)
-Optional: Crayons/Pastels (Your kid might cover everything, or leave space for writing. Babygirl actually drew on a couple of the pictures.)
Let your little one go crazy scavenging the magazines for pictures that represent things they value. I was worried that my three-year-old wouldn’t understand, but she got it immediately. Say something like, “Look for pictures of things that you want to do, and things that you want to have one day.” Tip: Younger kids might do better first ripping out the pages, then cutting the items out later. Opt for making boxes around items instead of doing intricate scissor cutout work if your little one is still working on those fine motor skills. Cutting straight lines will still give them great practice, without upping the frustration factor.
Glue the pictures to the paper. Every kid will have their own style; Babygirl opted for a collage, so she glued pictures on top of other pictures to get all the ideas in there. Let them do what they like.
Talk about the images they picked and why they picked them. Guaranteed you’ll learn something about your kid that you didn’t know before. And you will both be focused on making those dreams come true. Nia!