It is a really fun activity to do with your kids as it gives them a chance to express their favourite colours, textures and images that they connect with. It can also inform their choices in what clothes they like to wear and how to put outfits together.
So how do you create a mood board? It’s actually a lot easier than it sounds. All you need is some white paper or cardboard, magazines, old catalogues and some coloured paper to brighten things up.
I tend to hang on to old fashion catalogues from stores like Country Road and Seed as the styling and photography is lovely. These are great to cut up and use as part of the mood boards, particularly from a fashion viewpoint.
Ava cuts out the images she connects with and pastes them on blank pieces of paper. We use craft scissors that come in lots of fun shapes (zig zag, scalloped edges etc) and this creates a nice frame on the images. I usually cut up coloured/patterned paper into various shapes and Ava can choose to use these as part of her creation. You could also use left over wrapping paper, newspaper or patterned origami paper too. (Daiso has an amazing collection of small paper sets, see The Craft Box post for tips on how to build up your craft supplies).
Once we had created some boards, Ava decided to draw some nice shapes and borders on the rest of the catalogue pages. It really added to the design and she had fun re-interpreting what she liked in the pages.
Apart from it being fun, it has definitely helped Ava with learning more about colours and shapes and also with dexterity through using scissors and glue.
Who knows, a little bit of mood board fun may lead to a budding career for your little one in any number of creative industries.