Developing Logical Thinking

Playing games is a wonderful way to enhance many of your child’s developing skill sets. You need to play games with your child at home and look for infant child care, preschool or day care centers or child care providers that offer smart “game-time” activities, too. 

Here are some games created with the help of childcare experts that help develop your child’s logical thinking.  Approach each game with a flexible and open mind.  Let your child set the pace.  Don’t rush him.  Let him think things through for himself.

The “What Are You Not” Game: Ask your child what he is not.  This may sound nonsensical to an adult. But to a 4-year-old, the question is taken very seriously.  You may have to prompt him a little, perhaps by naming something or someone you are not.  (“I’m not a horse; are you a horse?”) Take turns saying what you are not.

Child care professionals point out that what you are stressing is that in logical thinking, what a thing is not is as important as what it is.  This game helps a child to sort things into two sets, what something is, and what it is not.

Tell Me What This Isn’t Game: Hold up something like a teddy bear or a toy truck and ask what it isn’t.  Your child must think of other things, perhaps some not even in sight.  Take turns.  Let your child choose something to hold up.  Occasionally make an error, and call the object what it is.  Does your child correct you?  If so, he really has learned the idea you are trying to teach.

Let’s Put Our Toys Away Game: A sorting game can be a helpful way of getting a child to put toys away after playing.  You will need several boxes for storing toys rather than a single “hold-all” chest.  Say, “Let’s put all the soft toys in this box and all the hard toys in that one.”   A variation of this game is to have your child sort the toys into two boxes.  But this time he must not tell you how he has done it (soft ones/hard ones or red ones/non-red ones). You must guess!

Remember games are meant to be fun.  They are usually most successful when they arise spontaneously out of an ongoing activity.  So be creative in turning what might be a chore into a fun game that can help your child learn logical thinking skills.


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