Sunday, January 5, 2014

Craft With Kids - Making a Family Year Poster

With all the talk of new year's resolutions and hopes and dreams for 2014, I wanted to share the idea of goal setting with my 5 & 6 year olds in a simple non-pressured kind of way.

Together the family made a 2014 poster filled with things we know we'll be doing, things we want to be doing and things we should be doing!
The concept is super simple but it actually introduces smaller children to the idea of goal setting and creative visualisation - valuable skills for both children and adults.

We started with a large piece of thin card, but you could use whatever sized paper, card, fabric, wood, cork board, wall (if you're really brave!), canvas or digital screen.
The advantage of the large substrate is that the whole family can sit around it at the table and work on it together which is fun as everyone feeds of each others excitement for the new year.

Whack the year in big numbers right in the middle, then add:

events, wishes, hopes, prayers, resolutions, dreams, ideas, plans, rules, commitments, destinations, etc. 

You could divide up the poster into months if you like but I think it's more fun to have everything scattered and waiting to found. Draw, paint, stamp, scrapbook or collage your poster. Anything and everything that makes you think of your goals for the year.

Our 2014 family year poster in progress

You can add dates to events to make them actionable or write "Tuesdays" or whatever day of the week you want the event to become regular. We haven't added dates at all, as we are a "fly by the seats of our pants" kind of family (that's the long way of saying disorganised!).

Make sure everyone contributes in some way, whether by drawing, writing or sticking pictures on. The idea is to validate every family members hopes for their year ahead.

There doesn't need to be a completion point for your family's poster, it can be added to and altered right up to December 31st.

There should be no pressure on anyone to have events completed as it's supposed to be a gentle guide to achieving goals.

However once you have achieved or completed an event circle or highlight it on the poster. If you happen to do something great that wasn't on your poster add it on afterwards!

Hang up your poster where you will see it at least once a week, preferably every day. It will remind you of the way your family wants to live, and even everything isn't possible right now you can always work towards it.

At the end of the year the whole family can sit down and look at how/if they achieved their goals and you can discuss how it felt to them and the family. You might decide that some goals are not a priority anymore or you may wish to add it to your next family year poster.

One thing we chose to do with our poster was to print everyone's (including the dog!) hand print to show that we were all represented and it kind of felt like signing off an important document.
I think we'll keep these posters to remind of the things we did during the years and to watch those little hand prints grow!


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