Mind maps/Brainstorms are a great way for children to get their ideas down on paper without having to worry about full sentences, spelling or punctuation.
They can be used as a planning tool for writing or as a summary of what we have learned about at the end of a topic. They are fantastic for visual learners and are very easy to do.
Sometimes I use them as a starting activity; ok you have 2 mins to brainstorm different settings.
The following examples were made for writing.