“Critical thinking happens when children draw on their existing knowledge and experience, as well as on their problem-solving skills, to do things like:
Compare and contrast
Explain why things happen
Evaluate ideas and form opinions
Understand the perspectives of others
Predict what will happen in the future
Think of creative solutions”.
( information from the Hansen Center)
Ok. So maybe I spoke too fast yesterday. Maybe I don’t hate playing games with children.
That picture looks good right ?
In reality 90% of the time it looks like this
Tiny hands everywhere
Knocked over pieces
And whose turn is it anyway ?
However it all becomes worth it when you see it spark critical thinking like this.
This is a candy land game that Elliette made.
complete with pieces to play with.
we played and it was t so horrible. The rules are a little different. See… if you make the game you make up the rules 🤷🏻♀️.
Later in the morning she even made a spinner for taking turns
I’m pretty impressed. That folks is the kind of creativity you get when a child is allowed to explore , create, has access to ample supplies and has been built up and told ” you can .” I dare say this would not happen if we sat at tables most of the day doing things like this.