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Fun Goal-Setting Activities For Elementary Students [With Examples]

The importance of goal setting for elementary students can’t be overstated. In fact, it’s never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of setting and achieving goals.

Goal setting is an excellent way to help students develop a strong work ethic and learn how to achieve their goals.

Here are some fun activities you can do with your child to get them started on effective goal-setting techniques:

Goal setting for elementary students helps them learn to take responsibility.

Goal setting is an important part of life, whether you’re a kid or an adult. Kids need to learn that they have to take responsibility for their actions and work hard if they want something in life.

They also need to learn that they are in control of their own destiny and can achieve anything they set their mind to.

When you teach your child goal-setting activities like these, they’ll be able to see just how important it is for them to stay focused on what matters most in life—and who knows?

Maybe one day your child will grow up into a successful entrepreneur or musician!

Make a vision board.

A vision board is a collage of images that are meaningful to you. It helps you clarify your goals and dreams, and can be used as a motivational tool in the process of achieving them.

If you have trouble figuring out what steps to take next, creating a vision board could help to get you started.

A simple version of this activity could include any type of art supplies (you don’t need expensive ones), making it easy for even the youngest students to participate.

Write a book report.

Writing a book report is a great way to show your teacher that you’ve read the book, but it’s also valuable in helping you understand and comprehend what you’ve read.

If your child has finished reading a book, consider this activity:

  • Have them write down everything they remember from the story. This can be done by hand or on a computer by typing it out as if they were writing an essay about it.
  • Then have them pick one part of their story that was most important to them (usually their favorite part). They should write about why this scene was so important and how it helped shape their understanding of what happened during the rest of the book (for example, maybe there was an exciting battle between two characters, but then later on we learned that one side had been lying all along).

Write a persuasive essay.

Persuasive writing is about convincing someone to believe something. There are different kinds of persuasive essays: argumentative, informative and expository (explaining).

In these essays you need to have a good argument and evidence to support it; this means your reader will be convinced by your claims. You also need a strong introduction and conclusion.

Build an invention.

If you’re a student, you may have heard the word “invention” before.

An invention is anything that’s new and useful to people. It can be a machine, a process, a material or even software. An invention can be a new way of doing something or using something in an existing way.

Inventing is fun! Here are some ways you might want to invent in your classroom:

  • A way to make writing more fun
  • A better way to keep track of homework assignments
  • A system for organizing books so they’re easier to find

Create your own currency.

  • What is currency?

Currency is an object or token that has value and can be exchanged for goods and services.

  • Why do you need a currency?

You need a way of tracking your progress towards your goals, so that you know when they’re completed. Without a system in place, it’s easy to lose track of what your goal is—and before you know it, those goals will never get done!

A system based on points or coins (aka “currency”) helps keep things organized and gives students an easy way to keep track of their progress by filling out charts or graphs, buying stickers with the money earned from completing tasks/quests/missions etc.

Write a poem or song.

If you and your class are stuck in a rut with goal setting, consider writing a poem or song about a goal you want to achieve.

The poem could be about the steps that need to happen for you to reach your goal, or it could be about the things you’ll do once you’ve reached it.

For example, if one of your goals is learning how to ride a bike without training wheels, write a song that includes descriptions of all the things involved in learning how: getting on and off balance pedals, steering left or right using handlebars as guides and so on.

You could even sing about what will happen when riding becomes second nature: “I’m going to go faster than anyone else!”

It’s also possible for groups of students—even whole classes—to come together in their efforts toward achieving mutually agreed upon goals by writing poems together.

Teach them to pay it forward.

Pay it forward is a way of giving back to others. It can be done in many ways, but the most common is by doing something nice for someone else and asking that they do the same for three other people. For example, you might pay for another person’s coffee or subway ride as you go about your day. The idea is that this good deed will start a chain reaction where more people are helped and feel happier because of it!

When teaching elementary students about pay it forward, we encourage them to think outside their own families or friends when they want to do something nice. This way they are helping those in need who might not have anyone else around them who can help out right away or right now just like us! Children love being able to give back so much because they see how happy it makes others feel—and sometimes even themselves!

We love using our pay-it-forward cards during our weekly celebration assemblies when we recognize students who have gone above and beyond this week by doing an act of kindness towards another person without being asked first (or even knowing each other).

We also like incorporating these into fun games such as “The Waiting Game” where teams compete against each other by waiting longer than their competitors before jumping up from their seats when prompted; whoever remains seated longest wins points toward prizes later on in their classes after learning about how much better everyone feels after taking part in acts such as these.”

Hold an assembly.

  • Start by brainstorming goals with the class.
  • Make sure to include a variety of goals, from academic to social to physical.
  • Have students share their goals with the class and write them down on individual sheets of paper or in a notebook you keep for this purpose (or both).
  • Have them put these sheets somewhere visible where they won’t forget about them, like on their bedroom walls or inside lockers at school—or both!

Learn to sew or knit.

Sewing and knitting are both great ways to teach kids about the importance of setting and achieving goals.

Kids learn that if they set their sights on something, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to make it happen.

By starting small with a simple sewing project (like an embroidered pillowcase), you can help your child set goals by making her own design and encouraging her to follow through with the project by completing it all by herself!

It’s never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of setting and achieving goals.

It’s never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of setting and achieving goals. The earlier you can get them on this track, the better. Kids who are used to setting small goals and then achieving them are more likely to continue this habit as they grow up, which will help them in school and beyond.

Here’s how you can set up a goal-setting system that works for your elementary schooler:

  • Introduce your child to the concept of having an idea (like “I want a puppy”) followed by working towards making that idea happen (“I’m going to save my allowance for six months so I can buy one”).
  • Help your child come up with ways of measuring progress toward their goals—for example, keeping track of how many coins they’ve saved in a piggy bank or charting how many days it takes them to earn enough money for their new puppy toy. This kind of visual representation helps children visualize what they’re working towards.
  • Celebrate every success along the way! Encourage kids with praise and rewards when they reach milestones like saving up enough money or completing an album’s worth of practice scales before starting lessons on another instrument (as long as these challenges aren’t too big).


I hope these activities will help you to teach your students the importance of goal setting. They’ll be able to see that setting goals and sticking with them can lead to success!

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