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Mind Maps for Kids

Updated on September 9, 2014

Tony Buzan's Mind Maps for Kids

I had the immense good fortune to work with the Buzan Organisation some years ago when my employer at the time was working on a project. I had previously come across mindmaps but not done much with them.

Working with Buzan made me a complete devotee and advocate for their use. I now use them for so many things from planning projects, speeches, training sessions and the like to working out the structure of a website I am creating.

I have always thought they could be used by many more people which was why I was delighted to see that Tony Buzan had written a book for kids on how to use mind mapping.

Creating mind maps maybe second nature to me and many adults; however, to some kids, the idea is completely foreign. 'Mind Maps For Kids' is a book that is designed to help these students learn these skills but is it a worthwhile addition to your child's current reading list or a waste of time?

Is It Worth Kids Learning Mindmapping?

I read 'Mind Maps For Kids' to actually discover how Tony takes the well-known planning concept and applies it to the 7 to 14 age range.

What I really liked is that he very quickly gets them looking at the practical use to help with their homework which is something I know many parents will love! Imagine your child willingly doing their homework because they have a fun way of doing it.

What the book does it to focus on helping them with concentration, note taking, revision for exams and time management. It helps them to understand these concepts by using step-by-step examples for key areas of the syllabus and fun colour pages with cartoons and jokes.

Essentially, the same information is presented as you will find in Tony Buzan's adult books but it is repackaged for a new and younger audience. Importantly I think he has managed to do this without dumbing down and from what I have seen from one of our nephews who I gave the book to it really is very effective.

Buzan has appreciated that teaching the basic concepts of creating mind maps to kids means applying them to something they will be familiar with. He aims to make it an enjoyable learning experience. I think he has achieved this by the use of cartoons and humour alongside the helpful facts and instructions.

Mind Maps For Kids is basically more of an enjoyable workbook than a textbook or traditional guide and parents that are concerned about buying it for their struggling kids should be comforted by its credentials and the careful balance of engaging material and helpful information.

If like me you are based in the UK then you can get a copy of Tony Buzan's Mind Maps for kids by going here: Mind Maps for Kids - An Introduction

If you want to learn more about Mindmapping or the other work that Tony Buzan has done then you may want to take a look at some of the other books that he has published below.

Explaining The Power of Mindmapping

Discover more about the power of mindmapping in the excellent video below.

Have You Or Your Kids Ever Tried Mindmapping?

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      pkmcr 3 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @greenspirit I am sure that in some ways you probably are doing it Poppy because I know how creative you are and it's a very creative way of gathering thoughts together on paper (or screen if you using mindmapping software!)

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      poppy mercer 3 years ago from London

      I've no idea what mind mapping is but it sounds a good thing to do. Perhaps I do it all ready? I'll have to get a book and see.

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      pkmcr 3 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @teaches12345 I love mind mapping and use it in so many different ways from speeches/presentations to project planning and also planning out articles. It's such a versatile and useful approach to things and is a really great learning aid.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Great share on this method of learning. I use it in speech class with students to help them organize thought.

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      pkmcr 3 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @Paula Atwell I absolutely love mind mapping and use the software fairly extensively - yes I love that it's in colour too :-)

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I just learned about mind mapping recently when I researched it for an article. Very interesting and of course I like it in color.

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      Have used it for YEARS! Tony's book on Mindmapping discovered at our library saved my life from the frustration of not being able to write fast enough linearly when writing down ideas for a fiction story! Armed with the new skill I mapped out a trilogy I didn't even know I had in me on one page in a 4 hour session at the kitchen table! It allows you to link the dots and see a bigger picture. Awesome!

      Great lens!

      Thanks for promoting mind mapping for kids, learning this skill young will save so much time for them in later years when they really need it!

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      Yes it does thanks for sharing

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      years ago, I hear about mind maps and I thought it for adult only; great to know there is mind training for kids too

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm thinking I may need a map to find anything in my mind lately. Perhaps I should have it defragged.