Mind Maps: 25-26 months

In this post I talked about the first “Mind Map” that I did with Cakie. She is still really keen on asking us to draw pictures so we have been making lots more of these little maps together over the past couple of months. Here are a few favourites. Note the recurring themes!
As expected, the scary, loud, machines took central stage. I love how she said “all done oover” ie no more hoovering please!
There is still a huge interest in food, especially ice cream, fruit and lollipops. That’s ma’girl! She has also started to add her own little marks and to describe what they are.

 And in the latest map, some significant people are making their mark. Our wonderful friends Mark and Yaz and their children, and the very special Aunty Soof. I just love that “puddles” feature so highly too! A true toddler activity that is bringing lots of autumnal joy…puddle splashing!

These mind maps are going to be so much fun to look back on one day!


  1. says

    These are so cute! What a great idea!. I’ll try these out with Niah when she can dictate what she wants to be drawn. What sort of age can children do that?

  2. says

    I guess as soon as she can name things then you could draw them for her. It would be such a lovely way to chronicle the development of a baby’s language. It would also show her that you understand what she is saying. I can just imagine how thrilled she would be! I would love to do this with little Pop when she can say a bit more than da-da-da and na-na-na! Let me know if you do it.

  3. says

    Goodness me, great minds think alike. Today we, (my 4 and 2 year old) did a mind map (using pictures) for a cubby/play area we are designing for my children’s Christmas present.

    I cannot speak highly enough about Mind maps – they are an excellent tool for brainstorming and organising ideas and thoughts. I used them often when I was teaching.

    I also wanted to let you know that I read your fabulous ideas about putting together treasure baskets. My 7 month old daughter has been enjoying her baskets (so have my 4 and 2 year old :) I plan to blog about these soon and will link back to your blog in my post. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  4. says

    Hi Ana. I am just SO inspired by this! Both my little ones love for me to draw pictures ‘on demand’ but it has never occured to me to do mind maps. Thank you so much for a wonderful, wonderful idea! Much love to you and yours.

  5. says

    Oh I loved your other mind map and meant to have a go and totally forgot, thanks for this reminder!!! I WILL do one with the children this weekend!

    Thank you so much for linking up Kids Get Crafty! Much appreciated to see you there!!

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  6. says

    Cool thanks Anna, Niah can make quite a few animal noises so I think we’ll draw pictures of these! Thanks again for your great ideas!bxx