Why Mind Maps?
Mind mapping is a great tool for students to present and understand information. Tony Buzan, the inventor of mind mapping discussed in his book Mind Maps for Kids, the different uses of mind mapping that kids can definitely benefit from. Learn more about Mind Maps here.
How to teach children to use Mind Maps
Here are some tips that can help parents to guide their children to use mind maps.
- Help children develop their own ideas or give a topic and ask them to think about different aspects of that topic. Encourage children to get as creative as they can with their ideas and ways of expressing them.
- Use a blank (white) sheet of paper (a blank sheet of paper helps thoughts flow easily, rather than a one with lines). You can use a folder to collate all the white sheets. Or you can choose to use a book with blank pages. Keep a set of coloured pens and pencils.
- Show an example of how you can make a mind map using a simple story or a concept from their lessons. Demonstrate how you can transform words into pictures. Let your children draw what they read or hear.
- Once the map is drawn, help the child relate to the story or lesson using the map. This will help you know if the child has understood the story/lesson. Investigate and help the child understand any differences or details that were missed out.
Repeat this with a variety of stories, situations, and lessons of varying complexities. Examine how your child illustrates the ideas. Gradually, your child will be able to create their own mind maps!
Ideas for Mind Mapping Activities
There are many creative ways in which you can use mind mapping to help children think from different perspectives. These activities can expand children’s logical, verbal, visual, and intrapersonal intelligence. Here are some fun and exciting mind mapping activities to engage your kids in!
- Create word – synonyms and antonyms mind maps.
- Plan their birthday party using a Mind Map
- Create Mind maps of their favourite stories. Or let them make their own stories into a mind map.
- Create Mind maps of simple, age-appropriate concepts like Water Cycle, Food Chain etc. This can be even as simple as Modes of Transport or Types of Animals!
- Create Puzzle mind maps and get children to solve them
- Create an “All About Me” Mind Map
- Create a “Self – Analysis” Mind Map. Encourage children to reflect and learn their strengths and weaknesses.
Here are some more examples of mind maps that children can use.
Mind Mapping Tools
It can be more useful to use digital tools for mind mapping than trying to keep track of our ideas on paper. You can initiate older children into using mind mapping tools like MindMapper, Coggle, FreeMind, MindMapple, MindVector, Ecomap, and Sketchboard to help them organize, summarize and visualize information