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Practice Critical Thinking Anywhere – And Have Fun Doing It!

Last updated 4 years ago

The new Common Core Standards place a lot of emphasis on critical thinking to teach children relevant, useful skills. But no rule says that developing these skills has to be boring! Try this strategy for making critical thinking part of an everyday activity:
Ask your kids one of these questions while driving to school, during a long wait in line at the grocery store, or after dinner. 
  1. How would life be different if there were no electricity? Think of three different ways.
  2. What are three ways the world would be different if people did not need to sleep? What would you do with the extra time?
  3. If you could choose one thing that costs money and make it free for everyone forever, what thing would you choose? Why?
  4. Which do you think is most important to our lives: cars and airplanes or computers? Why?
  5. If people could not see colors, how would traffic lights work? How would you design a traffic system that does not rely on colors?

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