Teaching Your Child Critical Thinking Skills

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What parent doesn't;’t want to know how they can help their child with their critical thinking skills!? They’re integral to helping your child make good decisions in their lives. That’s why we’ve teamed with a nursery in Romsey to offer a guide on how you can help your child become a stronger problem solver. 


Playtime 

That’s right, playtime can help with critical thinking! Leaving your child with their toys, particularly toys like LEGO, cna help them when it comes to problem solving. Leaving them to their own devices to figure out how toys and games work is a very fun and engaging means of inspiring your children to engage their critical thinking skills, as well as exploring ideas of cause and effect. 


Don’t Intervene Immediately 

If you see your child struggling with something, your first instinct is likely to swoop in and help them. Avoid doing that if you can, as giving your child a moment to see if they can figure out the solution themselves encourages them to engage in critical thinking. It also inspires independence and resilience. 


Encourage Empathy 

Establishing empathy in your children from a young age is important for both critical thinking and their social skills. Being able to see things from a different point of view, and to consider other people’s feelings in their actions, are traits that will prove to be very important in their development. Engaging with characters in stories, and asking questions about how your child responds to each character, can be a fun way to engage a sense of empathy, and get your children to understand that people feel differently about a number of things in life. 



Encourage Thinking in New & Different Ways 

Even when your child figures out a way to do something, always ask them the question: how else can you do that? If your child is open to the idea that there are different ways that you can achieve the same goal, they’ll be more open to exploring new paths and new ideas that offer a different interpretation of what they’re used to.

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