How to use Pinterest to Organise Activity Ideas
Pinterest is brilliant. It is a highly popular resource used by parents, childminders and early years teachers alike to collect ideas and inspiration. However, like any other resource, it can easily become cluttered and confused, leading to overwhelm and frustration as those brilliant ideas you found a few months ago get lost in all the busyness! So, here are a few things I do to organise my Pinterest to make sure that I keep on top of good ideas, keep an eye on things coming up in the future and don’t get distracted and fall into a rabbit warren!
- Create different boards for different areas of interest.
If you are regularly searching for activity ideas of different kinds, having one or two boards labelled ‘Kids’ or ‘Fun things to do’ can easily get full and cluttered. My tip is to create a new board as soon as you find about five pins which could be grouped together. Recently I found that I was saving lots of Lego ideas into the ‘STEAM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) board. So, I set up a separate ‘Creative Lego’ board and now have the space to curate those ideas, making them easier to locate when we are planning a Lego activity. Similarly, I was saving quite a few quiet book ideas into my ‘Fine Motor’ board, so I created a ‘Quiet Books’ space of it’s own. This way, everything is easy to locate and navigate and I have far more chance of finding that perfect idea again when I am ready to put it into action!
- Create board covers
If you are using Pinterest as an organisation or business (a blogger, preschool, childminding business or early years unit of a school) consider creating board covers using your business logo. This helps people who find your account to see immediately what your brand is and locate whichever boards they might find useful to follow. It also means that if you are also on other social media sites, your followers will be able to recognise you quickly (providing you have a consistent logo and brand).
- Have some secret boards.
This is not compulsory, but I find it helps to differentiate between current projects and ideas, and those which I am just quietly thinking about in the background. At some point, I imagine that some of my secret boards will become public and shared, but having them filed away for now in secret boards prevents too much overwhelm of multiple projects flying around my head simultaneously. This way I can save some for the future, knowing that the inspiration is not going anywhere, just being stored for when I am ready to fully focus on it.
- Pinterest shows you what it thinks you like.
The more pins of a certain type you pin, the more of those will be shown in your home feed. For this reason, it pays not to get too distracted, if your focus is on early years ideas, you will be shown far more of this type of pin. If you do have multiple interests, keeping some in secret boards will help to organise them.
- Look at other people’s boards.
If there is a blogger or individual whose work you appreciate, have a look at who they are following, which group boards they are in and whose pins they regularly pin to their own boards. This can be a great way of locating the quality material on Pinterest and making your own boards somewhere where both you and others will come back to time and again for fresh inspiration.
- Use the … feature.
In the top right hand corner of your page there is a button … If you have a look on here it will tell you about any notifications which have come up since you last looked. This is useful as you can keep up with what other people you follow are pinning, anything which is trending and therefore highly popular, as well as what other people have found on your Pinterest and saved to their own boards. Essentially, it is where the ‘social’ aspect of this social media comes in, and can be a low-key and non-intrusive way to share interests with other like-minded people.
- Delete old pins and boards.
Every now and then I go through and have a good old de-clutter and delete pins which are no longer of interest. Similarly, I go through and delete old boards which are no longer relevant. Recently I created a temporary board to gather ideas together for a birthday party, then deleted it once it was all over. Why? Everyone is different, but for me, I would rather have as little irrelevant or redundant information going on as possible; that way I find it easier to concentrate on the main ideas I am focussing on and find more of these! I also think it is easier for other people who find your boards to be able to quickly and easily see if they would like to follow those boards.
So there you have it, hopefully these tips are useful for others, whether you are blogging or collecting ideas to use at home or in an educational setting. This kind of behind-the-scenes, technical post is a departure from my normal content of activity ideas, so, if you find it useful, please let me know- I’m always keen to receive constructive feedback! If you haven’t already- check out the Rabbit Ideas Pinterest boards here!