Thinking Activities

Helping your child reach their fullest potential

Our Thinking Games & Activities

The following thinking games are specifically developed to help children reach their fullest potential and achieve cognitive growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Rather than focusing solely on chronological age, attention is paid on implementing games that are developmentally appropriate for your child to foster smooth, continuous growth.

General Movement Thinking and Discriminative Movement Thinking Activities

“The child needs to learn how to move before moving to learn.” 

General Movement Thinking refers to activities that involve large muscles, while Discriminative Movement Thinking refers to activities that involve small muscles. Movement and thinking are mutually dependent. Goal-oriented bodily actions involve thinking – How? When? What direction or sequence? How long? – that can be mentally taxing when novel and unfamiliar. Whereas mastery of bodily awareness, control, and movements free that mental space for more demanding tasks, such as skipping (General Movement) or drawing (Discriminative Movement). Otherwise, attention will be divided between what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, and the movements will be slow, cautious, and calculated. The thinking games involved with General Movement and Discriminative Movement allow your child to further generalize and apply this experiential awareness to more sophisticated movements with ease, such as jumping rope (General Movement) or writing the alphabet (Discriminative Movement).

Children who are struggling with control over gross or fine motor skills will have difficulties focusing and engaging in tasks that require more abstract levels of thinking. Imagine the intricate process of having to move your eyes across a page to read, or looking up and down from the teacher to the paper on the desk to write, or actively playing a game in team sports with peers.  Awareness and intellectual knowledge of one’s bodily movements and capabilities generated through these thinking games will enhance your child’s belief and confidence to successfully tackle more advanced spatially-coordinated actions, such as kicking a ball into the goal (General Movement) or tying shoelaces (Discriminative Movement).

Visual Thinking, Auditory Thinking, and Hand Thinking Games

Sensory information is constantly being processed from one’s internal body and from the external environment to form whole meaningful thought. Although all sensory interpretations are important to your child’s thought process, development of visual, auditory, and tactile experiences have the most direct influence on high level, abstract tasks. Children who have challenges processing and interpreting any of these three sensory inputs will have difficulties with just about any academic or social activity. Imagine the complex task of processing what you hear and see from a teacher demonstrating in front of a class and reproducing your interpretations onto the paper or laptop on your desk. Or the convoluted social task of receptive and expressive communications with peers. Difficulties understanding and translating the information received from sensory experiences will impact your child’s response and overall result.

Visual, Auditory, and Hand Thinking Games help children develop these sensory experiences through a series of sequential activities – from simple to complex – matched to your child’s developmental stage. This not only allows children the ability to think about their experiences and understand their environment; it also facilitates the more demanding task of manipulating such visual, auditory, and tactile information effortlessly, such as following directions to construct a geometric shape or playing an instrument from reading music notes.

Graphic Thinking Games

Graphic activities utilize both Movement and Visual Thinking, and include drawing, coloring, writing, cutting, or any other activity that involves the arm-hand-finger-visual processes. Children with underdeveloped Graphic Thinking skills will demonstrate difficulties coloring within the boundaries of an image, writing smoothly and legibly, cutting on the line, or adequately reproducing a design.

Graphic Thinking games encourage optimal visual interpretation integrated with proficient movement control. As a result, your child experiences less body stress, sharper graphic skills, and overall efficient thinking processes.

Logical Thinking Games

Logic requires thinking for the sake of thinking. Logic is not replicating patterns, following sequences, or even learning a set of rules to problem-solve a task. Logical thinking requires trial-and-error experimentation. The feedback from this mental exploration allows the child to arrive at an understanding of why a solution may or may not work. This intellectual understanding provides the foundation for further exploration and understanding of the how’s, what’s, and why’s – Evidence that your child is thinking logically and for the sake of thinking.

Logical Thinking games enhance a child’s mathematical comprehension, understanding of classification, problem-solving skills, and rational reasoning. The result of the game is not as important as the feedback your child gets from the game, which facilitates higher-level thinking.

Social Thinking Games

Intelligence in the physical and logical world is no different than intelligence in the social world. The intelligence required to be able to put your feet into another person’s shoes and think from that viewpoint comes from social experiences and emotional explorations. Children can only develop healthy social personalities when they have psychologically adaptive opportunities to comprehend their own emotional processes as well as those from their environments. Awareness of one’s fears, joys, angers provide the self-awareness needed for intellectual social reciprocity. The result is a less egocentric zooming in to your own narrow perception in order to gain a wider lens of other social viewpoints and the bigger picture.

Social Thinking games provide opportunities for your child to experience others’ perspectives, build empathy, expand social skills, develop healthy self-expressions, and gain higher understanding of the differences and similarities between people.