Developing Logical Thinking Skills

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You might be surprised by the simple activities that enhance development skills. Activities as easy as playing games can help your child think logically, while laughing and having fun at the same time. Games should be played at home, childcare, daycare, preschool, and with any childcare provider. With the right perspective, smart game time activities can help develop logical thinking, social skills and build relationships.

Childcare experts have created fun games that you can play with your child easily and patiently while he has fun and learns. The game time  should be flexible and played with an open mind. If your child likes to take his time, let him. That may be a part of his growth process. Be patient and allow the child to think through each step on his own.

Take a look at these fun games, created with the help of childcare experts, that can assist in developing your childs logical thinking ability.

The What I Am - What I am Not Game: Ask your child to tell you as much as he can about himself. Help him tell you the color of his clothes, hair, and shoes, and any other description that applies. Then, tell him to think about other things that are not like him. (Im not a pencil, a car, or a train.) You may think this game is simple, but for a child, 3 or 4 years of age, it creates a great reasoning opportunity. Child care professionals explain that logical thinking for a young child involves knowing what you are, as well as what you are not. 

The Name Something Else Game: Look around the room and find an item that you can hold, perhaps a toy truck. Ask your child to name something else in the room, but she cant say truck. Be patient as your child thinks, and maybe glances around the room to observe her surroundings and think of an item thats not a truck. After she finishes, tell her its your turn, and let her hold something up for you. Also, try saying the item that your child is holding and give her an opportunity to notice that you made a mistake. If she is able to correct you, its a good sign that she is learning the concept desired.

The Clean Up Game: This game involves sorting, categorizing, remembering, and organizing. Its also a helpful way to clean a room after play. Instead of having one large container, separate your childs toys into different categories by type. Use different containers and storage locations. Ask your child to decide where he wants to place the toys. Help him think about where each toy fits best (large toys on the lower cabinet, small toys in a container, and books on the shelf). Allow your child to make changes in how she stores her toys. Then, let her explain why she stored the toys a certain way. Be patient as your child reasons and thinks logically about the best way to store her toys.

Games are supposed to be fun, not work! An everyday activity can turn into a game, especially when the family gets involved in the fun learning activities at home and school. It can be even more fun when its spontaneous and creative. Use games to turn everyday chores into fun activities that promote logical thinking skills and beautiful smiles.

For more information on how to use games as a learning tool, contact us at one of our many Kids R Kids learning centers in the Houston area.


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