In a child’s mind, the world is a playground of possibilities. Their utopian aspirations allow them to grow up to become an astronaut, or a famous fashion designer, or to get married, have kids and live in a house with a white picket fence.
Dreaming of an ideal or exciting future is part of the wonder of childhood, and so this imaginative age is the perfect time to help children realize that they have the power to affect their future.
A wonderful and fun way for parents and teachers to encourage kids to explore what they’d like for their future to include is to have the children write a letter (or letters) to their future self. In it, have them describe their goals and aspirations and what they’d like their life to be like when they’re grown up.
Here are some sample questions that children can use to start their brainstorming: