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Children learn in different ways and one of the ways in which they learn is by applying logic and deduction, essentially learning through exploring. To nurture this approach to learning, introduce simple puzzles and toys that encourage thinking and problem solving:-
- Touchy feely: books and toys with different textures allow a baby to feel and discover how different surfaces feel.
- Shape sorters: these come in all manner of designs, from simple puzzle boards to shape sorters built into ride on toys. Shape sorters help to encourage logical thinking as babies slowly work out how to match shapes with their matching slots.
- Building blocks: whether old fashioned wooden blocks or construction toys such as Duplo or Megablocks, children can explore how objects interact and cause and effect with physical items.
You can boost the logical power of older children by stimulating thinking with mental challenges:-
- Quizes: older children can learn by asking questions and you can encourage learning by asking questions back to them.
- Puzzles: 'spot the difference', mazes, simple word searches and small sudoku puzzles can be enjoyed by children from the age of 4 upwards.
- Obstacle courses: create an obstacle course in the garden on a grand scale, introduce challenges such as how to cross a crocodile pit or how to go from one end of the garden to the other without stepping on the ground - problem solving is all part of logical thinking.
The ability to learn through logical thining is a skill that will assist a child throughout their lives - encouraging this style of thinking from early on will create a solid foundation on which they can grow with time.