The kids will love cutting out pictures from magazines and newspapers to make a beautiful collage and you will love cutting out pictures to make a beautiful dream. You don’t need any fancy supplies – a 28c exercise book, a pair of scissors and a glue stick are all you need (of course, I would have to cover the book in pretty paper, etc, but it’s not mandatory…)
If you’ve got little kids… all the paper cutting is excellent for exercising fine-motor skills. Don’t worry too much about what your little one is cutting out, but help him find and identify things he likes. Depending on how old your little is, you might like to ask him to cut out ‘red things’ or ‘things that go’ or themes like ‘food’ or ‘pets’. Encourage him to ‘finish the picture’ using crayons or pencils – he might like to draw a person sitting on a designer couch or add a tree or two to a streetscape. Let him paste his finds into a notebook himself (you may need to go back later and repaste a few of them!).
If you’ve got middle or older kids… start introducing her to the concept of visualisation and using images to consolidate her thinking and goals. Journalling through collage is an excellent format to help kids work through their values and ideals. You can also supply her with some Sharpies, fine art pens, watercolour pencils or graphite pencils to encourage her to doodle and create inside her journal. Some prompts to get her started might include:
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- A nice place to be
- What did you dream about last night?
- My favourite things right now
- A collage of everything in your favourite colour
- What are you grateful for?
- Things my best friend likes the most
- Everything that is important to me
- Animals I love
- Places I would like to go
- Things I would like to own
- The person I would like to be
- The person I think I am
Don’t forget about you… A visual journal helps bring to life your own ambitions, goals and dreams. Let an idea take form through ‘brain-storming’ by doodling, drawing, collaging or painting. Don’t rush your journal, spend time thinking about what you would like to add to it and how you will bring it to life.
Your older child might like sharing her visual journal with you or they may choose to keep it private. If they would like to share, create your journals side by side and talk about them as you go. It’s a surefire bet that your little child will love showing you his creations and the opportunity to work on your journals together. Such a treat!
Do you keep a journal? Visual or written?