Visual tools are amazing for communicating and collaborating with kids. Studies show that visuals help children across a range of factors, including reading comprehension, student achievement, thinking and learning skills, and retention of information. XPLANE parents also have lots of anecdotal evidence that visual thinking is very effective in solving behavioral and social challenges at home.
We wanted to explore how people who excel at visual thinking in the work environment bring that mindset to the home front. On May 1 we explored this topic with the community at our public Visual Thinking School. One of the most fun exercises of the day was learning how we each use visual thinking with our kids, and mapping those tools to different developmental stages. Here are 25 ideas we thought were pretty cool, arranged roughly by appropriateness for the youngest up to the oldest kids.
What parenting techniques do you use that harness the power of visuals?