Mind Maps

Mind maps are a popular way to help children represent, think, organise, and plan. It is often used as an aid to remember information and solving problems.Mind maps are not usually linked to idea mapping, but the technique can be used and explored in new and different ways.Mind maps can help a child to remember information, and different colours can be used to make it more visually appealing. 
A child can also make pictures and drawings to inspire them to study a subject. 
Mind Map from Wikimedia Commons
Tony Buzan, who invented the modern mind maps, suggests that a child should use a couple of colours and starts at the middle of the paper and draw branches. In the middle of a mind map is a key word or idea.
  • Colours are used for visual stimulation but also to group different ideas together.
  • It is easy to see how different pieces of information are linked and associated. 
  • It is easy to remember the information.
The branches are a  representation of hierarchical structures, and this way of drawing is a step away from linear representation of information. A brain storming approach to planning and organising is encouraged. 
  • A mind map can also be used to help children develop their own personal style.
Mind maps are often used to summarise and to help children remember, but it can also be used to create new ideas. 
You can teach your child to use random words in different colours and to let the ideas branch out. Mind maps can be used as inspiration for writing a story. Different scenes and characters can be invented and explored using a mind map.

Mind maps increases effectiveness and allow a child to feel free and to be creative. Whether the creativity means to make a colourful and visual appealing mind map or whether it is used to create new ideas. Mind maps helps child to associate ideas and make connections that she might not otherwise make.


This YouTube video is from Mind Tools.

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