Mind maps are not only a wonderful tool to help children to write stories, memories and structure information. The visual tool can also be used to engage children in imaginative thinking. A think dive into unknown territories. A real brain work out!
Imagining utopia is a creative thinking technique that helps children to be innovative. It uses backward thinking as a strategy. By exploring an ideal world, utopia, which may be beyond reach, a child explores the concept: “Would it not fantastic, if …”
Making a mind map of their own imaginative dream country, or favourite new sport is a way to look at rules in the real world and making decisions about when to break the rules. Transforming your own language and making up your own, help a child to explore how we communicate and what happens if you do thing like skip every second syllable. Will my friends understand me? How can I make sure that we still understand each other
Backward thinking is a valuable strategy that helps a child visualise a solution to a problem> It is sometimes easier to solve a problem by visualising the result and then working backwards from the solution. Playing around and exploring this approach to thinking by using mind maps is fun and engaging.
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