Treat your students to these terrific, fun critical thinking games and watch how they develop thinking skills and more complex understandings of the world.
On this list are puzzle games that help students solve problems and think ahead, story-based games that help students understand and unpack local and global issues, and strategy games that get students to manage time and resources.
Let’s talk about the importance of PLAY and games in our classrooms today. What a better way to squeeze in play than with critical thinking games in the classroom?
When they play against an opponent, they are learning how to develop strategies, predict outcomes, and use logical thinking skills.
In addition to Pinterest, teaching blogs, IG, and educational websites, I like to turn to the shelves of stores such as Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us for critical thinking games that my students will love to play!
There are TONS of educational and high-quality games that you can find pre-assembled and ready to go- for a great price! Below are some of my favorite times to add board games and mind-challenging games into our schedule: It’s important to model how to play each game with your students.
As a result, don’t expect students to pick up how to play instantly and be able to independently play the games right away.
I like to model and play the games with my students at the small group table.
To play, students flip over two cards: a word card, and a picture card.
The students will scan the cards and find the matching word and picture, as shown below: You can learn more about critical thinking AND get a FREE Brainamin Short A game pack in a blog post I wrote by clicking HERE or on the blog post image below: I hope you enjoyed learning about these seven games for critical thinking in the primary classroom!