One of the unique parts of the timberdoodle curriculum is the emphasis on critical thinking skills. Almost all of these activities are hands-on, which we love. Some of them were too hard in the beginning of the year but now he’s amazing me with his ability to master them.
Farmland Math: (timberdoodle) in addition to teaching basic math skills, this activity is also helping little ones learn critical thinking skills.
Day and Night: this fun “3D puzzle” includes 24 cards with pictures and silhouettes to copy. The cards increase in difficulty and are a fun way to work on critical thinking.
Bunny Peek-a-Boo: this is our FAVORITE activity. From the timberdoodle website: “Bunny Peek-a-Boo is a delightful brain game for your two- and three-year-olds. As they arrange the large, sturdy wooden blocks and lovable bunny to match the cards, they will develop the critically necessary skill of 3-D spatial perception, important for reading and mathematical reasoning.” This is one he could not do at the beginning of the year, but he’s rockin’ it now!
Wedgits: Another favorite. Teaches spatial perception, vertical vs horizontal positioning, order, and patterning. Each day we do this, he does 1 or 2 designs on the cards and then makes up one of his own. Such a fun way to learn and improve critical thinking skills.
Building Thinking Skills: a colorful and fun book that helps progressively develop thinking skills. Not a favorite but necessary.
Floor Puzzles: I include these in critical thinking because they require the same skills as the other activities in this category–planning, visual perception, etc… We have several floor puzzles.