The benefits of play in early child development have long been recognized. Play is an essential part of development, contributing directly to a wide range of skills that are critical to growing up, building relationships, developing a sense of self and solving problems large and small. Both structured and free play offer benefits to your child's well-being, from cognitive to emotional. Play is conducive to learning by combining a range of tools that create the perfect learning storm. Play establishes closer relationships, grows confidence, provides a safe and controlled environment to fail in and keeps kids mentally active and engaged for longer.
Critical thinking is an important part of growing up. This skill enables kids to make decisions based on reason and allows them to think analytically about problems. From school and homework assignments to everyday applications, critical thinking permeates almost every aspect of life.Imagination is a vital component in problem solving and critical thinking. Encourage imaginative play with games such as Create a Scene. Kids create and play in imaginary worlds that they can easily construct all by themselves, and every scene is different.
Our selection of skill building and problem solving games and toys are great for kids of all ages and geared specifically toward children aged 6 to 8. Help children explore and practice their critical thinking skills by asking them questions, encouraging discussion and prompting storytelling. For additional critical thinking activities for 1st and 2nd grade, check out our selection of educational toys and games.