We know that our students need time to play and have fun in school.
To play, students flip over two cards: a word card, and a picture card.
The students will scan the cards and find the matching word and picture, as shown below: You can learn more about critical thinking AND get a FREE Brainamin Short A game pack in a blog post I wrote by clicking HERE or on the blog post image below: I hope you enjoyed learning about these seven games for critical thinking in the primary classroom!
Large Bins: For my last critical thinking game, I can’t get enough of my Brainamin games!
In this post, I’ll feature the CVC-e and long vowel edition, but I also have a Brainamin Short Vowel Bundle and a Brainamin Vowel Teams Bundle available, too.
The critical thinking games I am going to share in this post take a lot of brain energy!
They are designed to be fun- but challenging- for your students.In addition to Pinterest, teaching blogs, IG, and educational websites, I like to turn to the shelves of stores such as Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us for critical thinking games that my students will love to play!There are TONS of educational and high-quality games that you can find pre-assembled and ready to go- for a great price! Below are some of my favorite times to add board games and mind-challenging games into our schedule: It’s important to model how to play each game with your students. When they play a game with rules to follow, they are learning how to cooperate and interact with others. When our students complete puzzles, they are working on problem-solving skills.This is one of the best games to add to a morning tub or literacy center, and it’s certainly fun to use as a small group warm-up game!If you have students who are struggling decoding and phonics skills, these games also make a nice change of pace for an intervention group.I use many of my critical thinking games during morning work time on Mondays and Fridays and during math and literacy centers.(On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays we use my See, Think, Wonder, Write routine for morning work.) I will be sharing more about my morning tub time (or what I like to call, Brain Bins) in future blog posts.Let’s talk about the importance of PLAY and games in our classrooms today. What a better way to squeeze in play than with critical thinking games in the classroom? When they play against an opponent, they are learning how to develop strategies, predict outcomes, and use logical thinking skills.