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Have you used your deductive reasoning today? I bet you have!
Deductive reasoning is used every day, and most of us do not know we are using it. Deductive reasoning is a form of logical thinking that allows an answer to be deduced from given statements. An example would be 1. All trees have brown trunks. 2. A Pine is a type of tree. so 3. A Pine has a brown trunk. Ok, so that is a simple one but it’s the entire basis of deductive reasoning.
As a scientist, I use forms of deductive reasoning every day in my career and also outside my job as a mom. It may seem trivial and most of us do not know we are using it, but its an important foundation for life and especially a career in a S.T.E.M. field (and many others but this is my expertise).
Kids do not have much for deductive reasoning, it is a skill that takes years to really learn and build on so you can go through the motions in one step, not broken down like the example above. While most deductive reasoning comes from experiences, we can help them with this foundation with logic based games. I mean, all kids love games right!
Think Fun has a game called Clue Master that is perfect for building the foundation of deductive reasoning. Clue Master is a one person game where you are responsible for getting Tippy the dog back to his dog house. You are presented with 40 different challenges that start easy and get progressively harder. The challenges are reminiscent of Sudoku so you know it will be fun, and sometimes frustrating. All your puzzles come in a handy book with a magnet board so it’s perfect for road trips and vacations where space is limited. That is probably my favorite part of the game, it travels!
Clue Master is an easy to start logic game good for kids 8 to even us adults. I enjoyed playing through a chuck of the games and helping Tippy (I am not done yet but trying) and the puzzles do get quite hard. My daughter is loving the portability of the game and has even taken it to school for play during her breaks. Everyone wants to help Tippy!
Ready to work on your deductive reasoning? Check out the Think Fun website and help Tippy.