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School Age Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Activities

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Create A Sceneâ„¢ Magnetic Townâ„¢ Create A Scene™ Magnetic Town™

Magnetic Fun!

Our Price:: $7.49
Create A Sceneâ„¢ Magnetic Firefightersâ„¢ Create A Scene™ Firefighters™

Magnetic Fun!

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Create A Sceneâ„¢ Dollhouseâ„¢ Create A Scene™ Doll House™

Magnetic Fun!

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Create A Sceneâ„¢ Pet Shopâ„¢ Create A Scene™ Pet Shop

Magnetic Fun!

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Create A Sceneâ„¢ Magnetic Trainsâ„¢ Create A Scene™ Magnetic Trains™

Magnetic Fun!

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Create A Sceneâ„¢ Magnetic Trainsâ„¢ Create A Scene™ Magnetic Farm™

Magnetic Fun!

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Slamwich is a fast-paced and exciting card game. It teaches reading readiness skills, like visual discrimination and sequencing. Gamewright Slamwich

A Fast Flipping Card Game!

Our Price:: $11.99
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Learning Resources Pop for Sight Words Game Learning Resources Pop for Sight Words Game

Fun Popcorn Theme Game!

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Brainwright Dog Pile - The Pup-Packing Puzzle Brainwright Dog Pile - The Pup-Packing Puzzle

A spatial perception puzzle for dog lovers!

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Learning Resources Pizza Fraction Fun Learning Resources Pizza Fraction Fun

Time to make a pizza!

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Wikki Stix Stem Pak Wikki Stix Stem Pak

No glue, no paste, no mess with Wikki Stix!

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Have fun stretching with Yoga Dice! This fun, simple movement game helps children learn the practice of Yoga while increasing flexibility and focus. Includes 36 poses to try! Thinkfun Yoga Dice

Fun game of rolling and posing.

Our Price:: $12.95
Monkey Foam Monkey Foam 5 Giant Bars in 5 Colors

Squeeze it! Form it! Shape it!

Our Price:: $19.99
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Yoga Spinner Game ThinkFun Yoga Spinner Game

A fun game of flexibility and balance.

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Speaker's Box Speaker's Box

Build oral language, critical thinking skills and confidence with this interactive game. Students reach into the box, pick a color-coded prompt card, then get talking!

Our Price:: $19.99
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Ideal Pop Pong Ideal Pop Pong

Button Bashing Fun!

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Educational Insights Smash Pong Smash Pong

Ready, aim, smash!

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Find It Games Captain Underpants Find It Games Captain Underpants

Spin, Twist , or Shake it to find hidden objects.

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Surfloor Sensory  Liquid Floor Tiles - 12" X 12" Surfloor Sensory Liquid Floor Tiles - 12" X 12"

Color, design, and play combine into one sensory experience .

Our Price:: $19.95
Basic Vocabulary Photo Card Set Learning Resources Basic Vocabulary Photo Card Set

Versatile set of 156 photo illustrated cards for developing oral language skills related to everyday themes.

Our Price:: $27.95
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Hidden Rules Card Games Hidden Rules Card Games - A Game that Teaches Everyday Social Skills

4 interactive card games that teach school age children "unwritten" social rules. Purchase individually or the complete set!

Starting at: $22.95
Thinkfun Roller Coaster Challenge- Build an Amusement Park in Your Living Room! ThinkFun Roller Coaster Challenge

Thrill ride building game. Build an amusement park in your living room!

Our Price:: $23.49
Time Timer Watch PLUS Small Size Time Timer Watch PLUS Size Small

On the go convenient time management.

Our Price:: $59.19
Tickle Me 9.5 Ft. Giant Tunnel Pacific Play Tickle Me 9.5 Ft. Giant Tunnel

Teach kids cooperative interaction with this giant sensory tunnel!

Our Price:: $175.99
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Savings: $21.00
   
 

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.