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Develop Logical Thinking With Games

Develop Logical Thinking With Games

A child’s mind develops in stages. This is a crucial part of them learning and retaining the information.

To develop logical thinking kids must be given opportunities to discover if I do this than that is going to happen. Basically, if this … than that. This is why from the age of two children will basically ask ‘Why?’ for everything. They are learning how to put 2 and 2 together in a way they understand and makes sense.

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To encourage your child to embark on developing this skill, there are many things you can do to help. With the simple use of strategy games, construction, toy parts or simple ask questions and answers. When they ask a question, ask them what they think the answer is before you answer it. This gives them the chance to consider the ‘ifs, that’s and why’s’ of their question.

By allowing children to develop their logical thinking in a variation of stimulated environments, you are giving them opportunities to discover who they are. Watch your child and see what really interests them and make connections from that. If they love being outdoors, embrace the butterflies and where they are going, if swings get them excited – ask them what happens if you go too high or you don’t hold on, why does your hair blow in the breeze when you swing?

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As these skills are enhanced they will be able to incorporate past and present connections, patterns in everyday routines and even discuss their feelings.

How to encourage with everyday experiences

Every day mundane tasks are more important to the learning process of children than many parents realise. Kids learn from unpacking groceries; where do things go? Why do they go there? When stopping at traffic lights in the car; what do each of the colours mean? When picking herbs and vegetables from the garden; they learn not only how to sustain them but also what each food good looks/smells/feels like.

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• By giving children chores, even if it’s just a few; they are learning that they have to work for what they want. In addition to this important skill; they are also learning about the value of money which is a great way to introduce learning to count money.

• By mentioning time periods in conversation – “In 5 minutes we will go and play ……” you can start to familiarise your child with clocks and telling the time. Can you show me what time it will be in 5 minutes?

• Incorporating spelling into fun activities such as craft, you are encouraging learning a new skill in an exciting activity. Alphabet stamps are a great way to mix learning to spell with arts and crafts.

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Tips to maintain interest

It is no secret that children have a limited attention span. But don’t let that discourage you. Here are some things to keep in mind to maximise the concentration period and get the most out of each experience.

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• Allow them to steer the learning in a way that is fun for them.

• Know when to step back and leave them to discover alone. Equally as important, know when to join in.

• Encourage and support their questions every day!

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Play time is crucial for kids to learn skills and extend their ability to understand situations further. Playing allows children to develop these skills at home by encouraging them to try new things and experiences along with growing their confidence as they discover understandings first-hand.

How do you encourage new skills at home with kids?

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15 Comments

  1. 08/10/2015 / 9:02 pm

    TAPE MEASURES and rulers. Seriously, kids love them, and it’s maths and descriptive language at work.

  2. 09/10/2015 / 4:13 pm

    This is an excellent post with some really great tips. Engaging with your child in play is so crucial to development, but you’re right that knowing when to step back and let them experience independent play is also important.

    • 17/10/2015 / 8:59 am

      Thank you so much Kyles. I think that is one of the most important things to keep in mind when teaching children.

  3. 10/10/2015 / 11:45 pm

    Leave them to explore through play-outside. We live in the country, so lots of space and things to play on and around and with. I ignore the ‘I’m bored’s’ and once left alone have learnt about the physics of water, sand, built skills in teamwork and creative thinking.

    • 17/10/2015 / 8:56 am

      Children learn so much from outside play! We also encourage as much outdoor play as possible, a mix of both us playing with them and them discovering things for themselves.
      Play is so important!

  4. 17/10/2015 / 8:51 am

    These are such great tips. Many people seem to think that kids should be sat down and taught, from a young age, numeracy and literacy – but I’m in the camp of believing that children learn best through play. There are so many ways to incorporate educational components into everyday life. We play games like “I Spy” and counting games when we are outside.

    • 17/10/2015 / 9:15 am

      ‘I spy’ is a great game for learning! I cannot believe I didn’t think to add that one. Games and playing is vital for children to learn as not everyone responds to being sat down and ‘taught’. Make it fun and they will learn without even realising!

  5. 17/10/2015 / 8:56 am

    I love these ideas.
    I am more of a grab some activities and toys and let them run with it kind… but your post has some great ideas I’d like to try.

    • 17/10/2015 / 9:16 am

      Sometimes grabbing some toys and seeing where it leads is perfect! I am pleased you got some inspiration from the article. Thanks Kaz.

  6. 17/10/2015 / 10:13 am

    Great post!

    My biggest thing is letting Scarlett figure things out for herself. Not jumping in to rescue her.

    • 24/10/2015 / 9:13 am

      Yes exactly! This can be a complete game changer for children and they learn to think about the problem and they can solve it before expecting help. Thanks for stopping by Carly!

  7. 17/10/2015 / 5:04 pm

    Great tips! My daughter is only just 1, but I think I’ll start some of these activities with her soon, they looks as much fun as they are helpful 🙂

    • 24/10/2015 / 9:12 am

      I love that you can always incorporate these tips into play no matter how young or old they are. Just base it on their interests!

  8. 19/10/2015 / 12:52 am

    WOW, so many great tips here, and a good reminder how important it is to do such activities with little ones. Our little ones love I spy and are still getting the hang of ‘Simon Says’ ha ha ;-D

    • 24/10/2015 / 9:11 am

      Oh Simon Says is a game we haven’t played in months. Thanks for the reminder! It is a great one.

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