How do you teach a child critical thinking skills?

Provide opportunities for play. Testing how things work informally is crucial to developing critical thinking. Pause and wait. Don’t intervene immediately. Ask open-ended questions. Help children develop hypotheses. Encourage thinking in new and different ways. More on This Topic.

Can critical thinking be taught?

Yes, critical thinking can and should be taught. (See our Resources section for teaching and learning tools) In fact, there is ample research, going back decades and across multiple academic subjects and professional disciplines, documenting that critical thinking can be learned, taught, and measured.

How can I improve my child’s logical thinking?

Build your child’s logical thinking skillsDon’t answer your child’s questions right away. Ask first what he thinks the answer is. This gets his wheels turning. Ask lots of questions during your everyday play and routines. As you go through your day together, ask your child “why” questions.