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Back-to-School Vision Board

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

This activity will allow you to focus on your goals for the upcoming school year. This arts and crafts is great for adolescents as you are able to fully express your wants and goals for your future. Creating your own vision board will help you visually see, inspire, and motivate you to work towards your goals throughout the school year. This is a fun activity that will allow you to be super creative and in the end, you will have an amazing tool that you can hang up and see everyday!


  • Construction Paper (Any color)

  • Pencil

  • Markers

  • Glue Stick

  • Old Magazines

  • Scissors

Before we begin, make sure your workspace is ready to go with all of your supplies placed on a flat surface.

Step 1: Pick a color from your construction paper pad to use for this activity. I suggest avoiding black as you will be writing on the paper and will not be able to see it. Once you have your desired color, rip it out gently from the pad.

Step 2: Decide on the layout of your paper for your vision board. Do you want your vision board to be in portrait or landscape mode? Once you have decided, it is now time to write the title. Find a space on your paper to write with pencil the title “Back to School Goals”. It is your choice to write this in the center, in the corner, or at the top of your paper.

Step 3: Next, find another space on your paper and draw a box with space to write in. It is now time to think and write about one specific goal you have for the school year. An example of a goal for the school year can be- To get an “A” in Math class or making new friends. Once you have a goal, write in your box that you drew “My goal is:” and complete the sentence.

Step 4: Once you have your desired goal, draw another box in a space you choose on your paper. In this box, think about 2 or 3 ways in which you will reach your goal for this school year. What will you do differently or what steps do you need to take to make your goal happen? Once you have this in mind, write in your box “Steps to Reaching My Goal:” and list the 2 or 3 steps that you will take to achieve your goal.

Step 5: After you have completed Step 4, draw one last final box and in this box you will write and complete the sentence “I will know I have reached my goal because:” What things may you see, feel, or hear when you have reached your goal? Write them down!

Step 6: Lastly, a well thought out goal is always time specific. This means when do you plan to start on your goal? When do you plan to reach your goal? Is this a goal that will take all school year or half a year to achieve? Find one last spot on your paper and write “Goal Start Date:” and “Goal Completed Date:” and write down these dates for when you will get started and finish your goal.

Step 7: Now that you have written all your information on your paper about your goal for your school year, it is time to make it colorful. Trace your pencil markings with markers so you can see it better and it stands out.

Step 8: It is time to create your vision board! Grab your old magazines and flip through the pages to find words, pictures, or quotes you want to cut out that are related to your goal or things that make you smile, feel motivated, or inspired.

Step 9: Glue the words or pictures all around your paper. Make sure you don’t cover your written work. You may choose to have spaces in between your words and pictures or you can overlap them.

Tip: Lay all your words and pictures on your paper before you start gluing so you can get an idea of where you want everything to go.

Step 10: Your vision board is complete! Put your Back to School Vision Board somewhere that you can see everyday so you can feel motivated to continue working on your goal! By looking at it everyday, it will remind you what you want to do and the things you need to do to reach your goal. Take time to reflect on your board and when you are feeling stressed, look at your vision board to remember what is important to you.

~Made by Diana C.

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