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# Boost Brain Power

Logic and reasoning skills begin to develop at an early age. Children use logic and reasoning skills to solve real-world problems, such as rotating objects to fit an opening. Children progress from trial and error, to reflecting on concrete experiences, and finally to applying abstract logic to solve everyday problems. Play and everyday experiences are crucial to stimulate children's logic and reasoning skills.

## Toddlers

TIP: It's a Match!
Keep baby busy—and busy learning—by pointing out things that match. Hand baby a spoon, then another, while saying: Here’s a spoon. Here’s another spoon. They match!

ACTIVITY TIME: Sorting for Toddlers
Play a sorting game with your child’s own toys. Familiar categories might be dogs, cats, farm animals and those exciting jungle animals (wow, an elephant!). Read more >

QUICK PRINTABLE: Same or Different?
Toddlers are great at finding differences. Noticing differences in this printable provides practice in classification. Print >

## Preschool

TIP: Picture Puzzles
Create your own jigsaw-like puzzle by printing or copying favorite photos and posters. Cut them into various geometric shapes such as squares, diamonds, and triangles. Mix them all up and see how fast you can piece the photo back together.

ACTIVITY TIME: Memory Upgrade
Play a game of “what’s missing” with your preschooler to improve her memory skills. Read more >

QUICK PRINTABLE: Scout & Friends Picture Puzzle
Completing puzzles develops problem solving, visual observation, logic and reasoning skills. Print >

## Big Kids

TIP: Room Re-Do
Invite your child to a room redecoration or rearranging project as an opportunity to exercise their spatial reasoning skills. Ask your child to draw out a simple diagram of a room, and then work with your child to plan where to arrange different pieces of furniture.

QUICK PRINTABLE: Pattern Puzzlers
These 5 matching and pattern recognition printables are a great way for young children to practice basic logic skills. Print >

IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Build Problem-Solving Skills Through Play
Most people recognize that problem solving is an important skill for mathematical and scientific thinking. But problem-solving skills and strategies also help children—and adults—tackle day-to-day challenges. Read more >

# Brain Building Games

Boost brain power with these problem-solving games!