Logical or critical thinking is an important skill. I would even say it is a necessary skill. But how do you teach it? Today I’m going share how to easily add logic to your homeschool days.
But if I am being honest the thought of adding yet another thing to our homeschool days was not appealing to me. No matter how important the skill was.
That was until I found ThinkFun.
ThinkFun is the world’s leader in addictively fun games that stretch and sharpen your mind.
They have a large variety of games but some of our absolute favorites for logic are the single player games. These are perfect for our family since we are homeschooling an only child.
I can leave the game out for my daughter Emily to play alone or we can take turns playing the game challenging each other to “level up” each time we complete a challenge.
We call it leveling it up because the single player games come with challenge cards that are numbered from easiest to hardest. This is perfect because it means that a 5 years old and a 50 year old can both play the same game and be equally challenged.
Adding these games to our homeschool days has been such an easy way to incorporate logic. We don’t play them everyday but I try to make sure we are playing one of them once or twice each week.
I can see an improvement in critical thinking already!
When we first started playing the games we struggled to complete the easy challenge cards. Now, we are tackling medium and even trying to stretch ourselves with hard.
Our Top Ten Picks
I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with any ThinkFun game. We have yet to play one that we did not like. But, I thought I would give you a top ten list to get you started.
Hoppers – Hoppers is a peg solitaire jumping game – set the frogs on the pond, then jump frogs until only one is left standing.
Shape by Shape – Shape By Shape is an advanced tangram-style pattern game, made more difficult because you also fill in the frame around each shape you make.
IZZI – This pattern matching puzzle consists of 64 square tiles, each printed with a black and white geometric pattern. Your goal is to assemble the tiles into an 8×8 square following the IZZI rule: In order to place two tiles adjacent to one another, their colored edges must match up precisely.
Rush Hour – You have to battle the gridlock as you slide the blocking vehicles out of the way for the red car to exit. For younger children there is Rush Hour Jr. and for older children who finish the included challenges you can buy additional challenge cards.
Gravity Maze – Gravity Maze is a gravity-powered logic maze game that builds reasoning skills and visual perception. Dropping the marble and watching it go through the maze successfully is so satisfying.
Laser Maze – Laser Maze requires you to use mirrors, beam-splitters, a little science and brainpower to direct the laser through a series of mind-challenging mazes and light up the target. For younger children there is a Laser Maze Jr.
Roller Coaster Challenge – With this game you get to build their very own roller coaster. Choose a challenge card and set up the beginning pieces, then add the missing ones to complete the coaster.
Balance Beans – Balance Beans is a logic game and math game all in one. Set up the Red Beans according to the Challenge Card. Then carefully place the colorful Beans on the Seesaw to keep it from teetering.
Cat or Dog Crimes – Use your problem solving skills to figure out where each animal was at the time of the crime. These games are equally amazing and the game play is very similar. I suggest buying based on which you like more cats or dogs.
Chocolate Fix – Using the clues, fill the tray with all nine chocolate pieces in their correct positions. Similar to Sudoku, you must examine all clues on the challenge card before making a move.
ThinkFun also has free and fun downloadable logic games and brainteasers that you can use in your homeschool today!
What are some easy ways you add logic to your homeschool?
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