Welcome to Part 3 of the challenge where we have a double-whammy of activities for you today. You already have your nations, name, flag, map and language – now it’s time to invent a memorable national dish and discover what wildlife frolics freely in and around your country’s borders. If you’ve fallen a bit behind, no need to worry, take a look at Exercise 1: Geography or Exercise 2: Languages
Whatever happens, it’s probably a better idea than Haggis…
Every country has a national dish. Most are fantastic, some are not… but all are made with local ingredients (things you seem to always have a lot of in the house).
Pen, paper, whatever is lurking at the back of your cupboard…
Part 1 : Come up with ingredients for your dish
Mind Map healthy ingredients with your children. Keep a close eye on this, as leaving it up to them will probably result in a potentially tooth-rotting concoction of sugar and chocolate if you ever actually decide to make it.
Part Two: Mix the ingredients together in the most creative way possible
If you are having trouble with this, simply combine every three or four branches together and see what you come up with. Using my Mind Map you could have:
Appley Peas and Carrots
Peanut Butter Chicken Steaks
Tomato Chilli Mash
Banana Spinach Wraps
Orange Baked Bean Burger
Barbecue Broccoli Cake
As you can see, this has come up with a selection of possible tasty dishes and, of course, some completely mad ones.
Part Three: Come up with a name for your creation
Many of the best national dishes have interesting or memorable names. Some of my favourites include: Pepperpot (Guyana), Wiener Schnitzel (Austria), and Judd mat Gaardebounen (Luxembourg).
You can create your own original name and then, if you are feeling very brave, you could always make it…
Please Note: ThinkBuzan will accept no responsibility for whatever you may create or any indigestion said creation may cause.
Don’t try this at home…use the back garden.
It’s time to see what amazing creatures live in your country. Make a Mind Map of what animals and plants are in your garden (or local green space).
Pen, paper, appropriate footwear.
Part One: Mind Map all the animals and plants that live in your house, garden or local green space
It’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Try and find as many different animals and plants in your local area and then record them on a Mind Map. This can include any pets that you may have, or flowers inside the house. If you can find enough of them, you can even help your child to make a food chain.
Part Two: Select one plant and one animal to become your nation’s symbols
Every nation needs a national flower and a national animal. Between you, decide which one of the animals and which one of the plants you found deserves that honour. If you are particularly artistic, you could combine parts from different plants or animals to make your own unique creature.
Once you have done this remember to add these two new topics to your Innovation Nation Mind Map and stay tuned for the final part of the challenge.
Don’t forget – you can download iMindMap for free to make Mind Maps on your computer, mobile or tablet.← The Innovation Nation Mind Mapping Challenge – Part 2 The Innovation Nation Mind Mapping Challenge – Part 4 →