Goal Setting

Regular goal setting is important for everyone, and if we start early with the kids and make it fun, it can become a habit for life. Many schools now run through a goal setting exercise at the beginning of every school year and school term, with regular reviews along the way. You can do the same, or of course you can set some goals with the kids yourself at home.

Whether you choose to use our Goal Setting resources at New Year, Back to School time or perhaps even the beginning of every month, we hope you will find some fun and inspiring printables below!

Activity Village's goal setting printables for kids

A Picture of Me Playing Sport This Year

A Picture of Me Playing Sport This Year

New Year's Resolutions often involve more exercise or sporting activity - so why not get the kids to record their plans with a picture! It would be nice to think that, having drawn themselves playing sport or exercising, they are more likely to carry through...

A Way I Can Be a Good Friend writing frame

A Way I Can Be a Good Friend

Use this printable to help children think about the ways in which they can build friendships - either in general or with a specific friend.

Books I Would Like To Read

Books I Would Like To Read

Here's a fun way to keep a reading list! Just get the kids to write the names of the books (and maybe the authors) on the spines and covers on the picture. Perhaps they could colour in each book as they read it?

If I Could Learn About Anything

If I Could Learn About Anything

If I could learn about anything at all, I would like to learn about.... Children can draw pictures or write about all the things they would most like to learn about using this open book printable.

If I Could Travel Anywhere

If I Could Travel Anywhere

Encourage children to use their imagination and/or their goal setting skills to think about the place that they would like to travel, if they could travel anywhere in the world (or beyond it!) Younger children can draw in their answer and older children can write.

Most Important Goal For The Year

Most Important Goal For The Year

If the kids can only choose one, really important, mega goal for the year, what will it be? Use this printable page (which comes blank for drawings and lined for writing) to detail it out.

My Idea

My Idea

Here's a fun way to capture your child's best ideas - in a light bulb frame! We've got a blank version for drawings and doodles and a lined version for passionate words...

My Wish for the World

My Wish for the World

You can use this printable at the beginning of each year, or at any time, to encourage children to think about what changes they would like to see in the world. What will their "wish for the world" be? It might surprise you!

My Wish Frame

My Wish Frame

The border to this pretty printable page repeats "My Wish" - and that's what we want children to capture on it, whether by picture or writing. You might find that their wishes are teeny tiny and easily granted - or big enough to impact the world.

Protecting The Environment Printables

Protecting The Environment Printables

We have three variations of printable on the "protecting the environment" theme. The first asks children to draw a picture of themselves protecting the environment.

Saving Up My Money For...

Saving Up My Money For...

Here's a lovely piggy bank printable for - you guessed it - money saving goals! Encourage children to think about what they might want to buy in the near future and how they might save up for it. Older children could also come up with a savings plan of a certain amount of money each week.

Something I Would Like To Do With My Friends

Something I Would Like To Do With My Friends

This printable is a fun way for children to list (or draw) some of the things they would like to do with their friends in the coming year or the future generally. The illustration might give them some starting points...

Sport and Exercise Goals Writing Frame

Sport and Exercise Goals Writing Frame

Encourage the kids to write down their sport and exercise goals and commit to them using this fun writing frame. Why not colour it in, too? Younger children can use the blank version to do a drawing rather than write, if they prefer.

The Best Dream Printable

The Best Dream

Children can draw or write about the best dream they can imagine having on this lovely printable page, which comes in two versions - one "framed" and one borderless.

The Person I Would Most Like To Meet

The Person I Would Most Like To Meet

Here's a fun activity for the New Year, for a Famous People Topic, or for any time! Just ask your child to think of one person he or she would most like to meet (possibly even choosing someone from history) and write about what would make the meeting interesting.

Things I Would Like To Achieve This Year

Things I Would Like To Achieve This Year

This is a lovely way of encouraging children to write down a few little goals - or six, to be precise. Each one goes into a box to be guarded over by one of the children in the illustration, which of course your child can colour in if they wish.

This is a Way I Can Help At Home

This is a Way I Can Help At Home

Thinking about how a child can help at home is the theme of this printable page. Perhaps he or she could help with chores, tidying up a bedroom and putting away toys, reading to a baby brother or sister and so on.

This Is A Way I Can Help At School

This Is A Way I Can Help At School

Why not encourage children to think about how they might be able to help out at school using this fun printable? Perhaps they could take on a role in the classroom, look out for a shy classmate, pick up rubbish in the playground, or hand out books ...

Three Stars for 2016

Three Stars for 2016

This is one of our most popular New Year printables. Children write down one "wish" for 2016 into each of the stars. Younger children could draw their wishes. It's a lovely introductory goal-setting activity.

What Would I Most Like To See, Hear, Feel, Smell

What Would I Most Like To See, Hear, Feel, Smell

This is an unusual goal-setting printable which asks children what they would most like to see, hear, feel or smell. For me the answer to all four is "the sea" but their answers might be more interesting!

What Would I Take With Me

What Would I Take With Me

What would I take with me ... if I were going to the Bahamas on holiday, or trekking in the jungle, or travelling to the moon (and back)! You can use this lovely printable frame in so many ways. Younger children can draw or cut and stick, older children can write.

Why should children set goals?

Feeling in control is an important part of feeling happy and confident. Regular and careful goal setting can help children feel that they are taking control of their own behaviour and working towards something; having a positive impact, no matter how small.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao-Tzu

Be careful to keep the goals realistic and measured. Start small!

Some supervision might be necessary here, as the last thing you want is for children to set goals that are just too high and impossible to reach. It doesn't necessarily help a child to boldly declare "I will play football for Chelsea". Instead try "I will work 15 minutes every day to improve my football skills by practising ball control".

Think about the time scale for your children's goals.

Many people like to set an end-date to make their goals "measurable", and if you are working on goals in a school-setting this may well be appropriate. I have found, however, that a time-scale can put children - especially younger children - off. Young children find it hard to understand the concept of time. It can be more effective to set a simple goal which can be "ticked off" every night before bed, which has the added benefit of teaching children how to instill a good habit. "I made my room tidy before I left for school" or "I got everything ready for tomorrow before bedtime" can be useful skills - and goals, too!

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Confucius

Think about what might get in the way before you start.

If your child has decided that they want to read a book a week, but you know they spend most of their reading time watching television instead, the time to point it out is when the goal is being set. They might even include it in the goal itself. "I will turn off the TV 20 minutes before supper so that I can spend that time reading instead."

Show children how to break down their goals into smaller steps.

A child that wants to be prime minister one day might start by trying out for class representative, or signing up for public speaking practice after school.

Look out for goal-setting opportunities.

When a child starts a sentence with "I wish I could..." or "I wish I had..." - there's a possible goal to work towards at the end of it, even it just means some careful saving up of pocket money for the lastest video game!

Try to encourage co-operative goals rather than competitive goals.

Some children might want to "come first" in all their tests. Perhaps a better goal would be "to score over 80% in all my tests". That way, the outcome is something that they contribute to and, at least to some extent, achieve by their own hard work.

Make sure kids choose their own goals - not just try to please others!

If you are working with your children to set goals, it can be tempting to "help" with your own ideas - especially if you have a reluctant child! Try hard to elicit a goal from the child rather than impose your own.

Remind children that they don't have to achieve all their goals!

Goals are something to work towards and aim for. Falling short isn't necessarily a bad thing, if we keep moving in the right direction. Remind kids to learn from their slip-ups and road-blocks. Keeping a record of goals set and tracking how children work towards them can help with this.

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
W. Clement Stone

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