You have two main options when creating a vision board with your kids. The first is to create a physical board together, and the second is to create a digital vision board. The question is, which version is more effective?
There are pros and cons to each option. Therefore, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these differences before deciding which one to attempt with your child.
Here, we’ll explore digital and physical vision boards, the differences between them and how to choose the right one to create with your kids.
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What are physical and digital vision boards?
Physical vision boards are the most common type created by both adults and children. They typically consist of images cut out of magazines or photos, stuck onto a whiteboard or cork board.
Digital vision boards are created online. Images are taken from the internet, arrange using graphic design software and then printed off to be displayed.
What are the main differences between them?
There are a few notable differences between physical and digital vision boards. The main one being how they are created.
It takes a little more effort to create a physical board as you need to go through the motions of cutting and pasting. However, they do give you a lot more versatility in terms of design. You can use images and quotes, or you could even add physical items onto the board. With digital vision boards, you can only use digital materials.
One of the downsides of physical vision boards, is that you do need materials on hand that you can use. This means investing in magazines. If you don’t have a magazine subscription, it can get expensive finding the right materials for the board. With a digital vision board on the other hand, all of the materials you find are free.
However, while the materials for digital boards are free, printing them out professionally can make them more expensive. So, if you’re on a budget, you’ll want to stick to printing them onto photo paper.
You and your child will also need a few more skills to create a digital vision board. Teaching them how to use graphic design software can be tricky. With physical boards on the other hand, your child likely already has the skills to create one.
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How to choose the best vision board for you and your child
So, now you know the differences between physical and digital vision boards, the question is how do you choose which one to create with your child? It helps to ask yourself the following:
- Is your child familiar with digital software?
- How much are you willing to spend?
- Does your child learn more from physically doing something?
- How much time do you have to spare?
If your child isn’t familiar with digital software, it can be challenging teaching them how to create a digital vision board. However, if you do have the time and they are old enough to learn, you could use it as an opportunity to teach your child a new skill. If they are likely to struggle, a physical board might be your better option.
How much you’re willing to spend is also important as a professional looking digital vision board can be expensive. Similarly, if you don’t have magazines lying around, buying some could also really add up.
Physical vision boards are great for kids who learn more by physically doing something. If they’ve actively put together the vision board, they will be more connected to it and therefore more likely to find it effective. However, some kids are more digitally minded, so consider the personality of your child when choosing between them.
Both physical and digital vision boards take time to create. However, digital boards do tend to take a little more time. So, consider any time restrictions you may have before making a decision.
Both digital and physical vision boards have their advantages. It’s important to be aware of both the pros and cons before choosing which one to create with your child.
Which vision board would you choose for yourself and your child? Comment below.