We ran a ThinkSmart Workshop last week, a free event for children from the local area. 18 youngsters ranging from the age of 2 to 17, plus a handful of eager parents, descended on the ThinkBuzan headquarters for an afternoon of brain-boosting sessions and activities.
Covering creativity, learning skills, whole brain thinking and memory, we really put the kids through their paces. Sessions were held by our resident ThinkBuzan experts, including two from CEO Chris Griffiths, and Tony Buzan finishing off the day with an energetic introduction to memory skills that even got the parents on their feet shouting the answers.
The children made some fantastic Mind Maps on their summer holiday plans, impressing us all with their creative flare and quick uptake!
“They created some of the most beautiful first Mind Maps I have ever seen.” Tony Buzan
A lively bunch, a special mention must be made for the enthusiasm and quick wits of one young participant, Ryan. With his hand up and waving for every question, Ryan had to be held back to allow some of the other children to share their answers. When the rest of us were scratching our heads or counting up on on our fingers and toes, Ryan was shouting out the answers within milliseconds. It seemed we had a mathematical wizard in our midst and he was a pleasure to teach, as were they all.
A great day was had by all and everyone came away with lots of new ideas and skills, including how and when to Mind Map, all about whole brain thinking, how to use the iMindMap software, how to remember the planets of our solar system – in reverse order, and how to make a piece of paper super aerodynamic! We look forward to seeing what they do next, especially our man Ryan!
If you want to get your kids Mind Mapping this summer, take a look at 6 Tips to Activate Your Child’s Mind In The Summer Holidays. For more info on our training courses, visit the Training Centre.
To see all of the photos from the ThinkSmart workshop, take a look here.