Forget-Me-Nots are invaluable tools for the thinking process in whatever you are doing. They can be used as stand-alone reminders at a very basic level, or used with increasing levels of sophistication both by themselves or in combination with other Forget-Me-Nots (which we call 'cross-pollination').
If you just want a quick reminder of what the Forget-Me-Nots look like and a brief description of what each one does then click here:
One of the Forget-Me-Nots, TIDES, is particularly useful for project planning or organising yourself and your work. Our TIDES handout tells you what the acronym stands for and how to use it.
"If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking."
You can print off the Forget-Me-Not images to act as a reminder to use them. Print them on card (or paper that you then laminate), then cut them up to keep where you work as a handy visual aid. We have organised them into their different categories (Farmer, Pioneer, Scientist, Judge and Coach) and then put them all in one pdf file for ease of printing. If you print them double-sided, they will have their definition on the back.
Give it a WhiRL!
As with all our Forget-Me-Nots, using Give it a WhiRL! can be as simple as using a copy of the image as a reminder until they get used to incorporating it in their thinking tasks.
With this particular Forget-Me-Not, there are a few other options that you might like to try, just for a bit of extra fun. Download our template document then:
1. If you have a fidget spinner already, why not just cut out our text circles and blu-tack or sellotape them in place as an easy visual aid? It doesn't damage the fidget spinner and they can be removed at any time. We've got pre-coloured circles for you, but also plain ones that your child can colour in whatever shades or patterns they like.
2. If you don't have a fidget spinner, then a very basic way to add a bit of variety is to cut out our template and use a cocktail stick through the forget-me-not in the centre to allow it to spin. Again, the Learner can personalise it in any way they wish.
3. Alternatively, you can simply use our basic triangle shape, coloured to suit, then pierced through the middle with a cocktail stick as per 2. above.
4. If you feel like a bit of craft, then you could even make your own fidget spinner from scratch using directions and templates from independent websites such as: