What is Logical Thinking?
Logical thinking is the ability to understand and incorporate the rules of basic logical inference in everyday activities. It involves thinking in steps and using what you know to draw conclusions. The ability to think logically is a universal human trait. Logical reasoning requires an understanding of attributes, relationships, and sequence, and is not only important for informal learning but also in daily activities.
However, They see and understand things only from their perspective. Only after 8 years of age do they understand things from other people’s perspectives. Around the age of 2, children begin to understand that things are connected logically. Asking questions like
“What do you think about the solar system?” or any such questions will increase reasoning and logical thinking and enable learning, compared to straight away telling the answers.
So, instead of saying “the sun is a star” you should ask your child, “What do you think? Is the Sun Star?” Who hasn’t seen a toddler apply logic as they go about their daily activities? For instance, when their hands get dirty, they want to wash them; they eraser wrapper before using it, and wear sunglasses when it’s too sunny. Children can make these logical connections even before they can communicate by long sentences.
Now you know that Children learn through observing. They form logic based on what they see around them, even if they can’t communicate properly. For instance, if your toddler’s hands get dirty, he will eventually understand that his hands are dirty and start looking for ways to get rid of that dirt. Hence, it is important for children to face challenges and overcome those through logical thinking.
Activties to boost the ability of Logical Thinking of a toddler!
A- Treasure Hunting
It is essential to play games with children that will not only improve their logical thinking skills but also improve their motor skills.
So, Cut out colourful, large x-shapes and lay them in a path leading to the end of your house. You can even assign clues and ask child to follow it. At every few crosses away, place healthy treats your child likes, so he/she stays motivated throughout the game and follows all the x’s.
If your child drapes a jacket over a stuffed doggy toy, then ask him questions like: What is the doggy doing? Is the doggy a doctor? Is the doggy happy? Give your child time to think, listen to his answers carefully and engage with him to build self-confidence and reasoning skills. You can try this with small activities and increase the reasoning ability.
C - Line Up the Toys
This game requires your child to think about both order and attributes. To play, you need four or five toys or small stuffed animals and, for extra fun, your smartphone. When your child isn’t looking, place the toys or animals in a line, as if they are lined up to go someplace. You can lay out papers as placeholders, even numbering them if you choose. Once the toys are in order, take a picture with your phone. Then move the toys back away from their positions.
Call your child over, saying, “Would you like to play a guessing game?” Ask your child to place the toys or animals in a line according to your directions, using clues that require more thinking than “first, next, last..” For example, you could say, “I put the toy with the wheels first in line.” “The animal with spots is last in line.” “The toy with long ears is behind the car,”
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