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Logic Games for Kids

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Your students can practice applying their logical thinking skills with these fun games. Read this article to find directions and additional educational tips for your classroom.

Color Boxes

This game encourages students to think their way through problems.

Supplies:

  • 3 boxes
  • Red objects
  • Blue objects

What to Do:

Fill up the boxes before class. Fill one with red items, one with blue and one with both items all mixed in. Now carefully label each box incorrectly! Close up the boxes and you're ready for class.

Explain to your students that each box is labeled wrong and that they must determine which box the labels should actually go on. To do this, they can draw one item from only one of the boxes, without peeking at all. Do they think it's possible? How would they go about it? See if they can come up with the solution: picking an item from the mixed box.

Because this box cannot actually be mixed, whatever color item they draw must be the only item in there. Students are left with a Red and Blue box. Let's say the item they found in the mixed box was blue. The red items cannot actually be in the Red box, and they aren't in the Mixed box, so they must be in Blue, leaving the Red box to contain the mixed items.

Quick Tips:

This game helps students get familiar with using probability to determine what objects are. You can use this chapter on probability and statistics to help reinforce what your students are learning.

Running Numbers

Students can get moving with this fun game as they work on identifying numbers.

How to Play:

Split your students into teams and find an area with some space. This game requires running! You will stand at one end of the yard (or field), and the two teams of students will be at the other. Pick a number (between 1-10 for younger kids, you can pick higher numbers for older students) and have the teams guess. One student from each team must run to you with their guess.

If they guess too high, tell them and send them back. The same rule applies if they guess too low. The teams must keep guessing (and running!) until someone gets the number exactly right!

Quick Tips:

Students can continue learning more about numbers with this chapter on number sense and arithmetic. These video lessons are short and designed to help students quickly improve their basic mathematics skills!

Circle Rules

You can use this game to help students practice thinking about numbers.

You'll Need:

  • A whiteboard
  • Markers

Directions:

Begin by drawing a large circle on your whiteboard. Explain to your students that you're going to write numbers inside a circle that all conform to a specific rule. You're also going to write numbers outside the circle that do not follow this rule. Their job is to figure out the rule!

You can complete this game in several ways. An easy option is focusing on even and odd numbers. For more advanced students, inside the circle, you could use numbers that are prime, ones that are a specific number of digits long or numbers that are greater than a specific amount!

Quick Tips:

You can encourage your students to keep studying with this chapter on number properties. These fun video lessons help students work on getting more familiar with different properties of numbers.

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