Some of the most interesting parts of math is the ability to develop critical thinking skills. Many critical thinking skills do not require the use of having to add up numbers or develop long equations. Instead critical thinking skills can come in handy for real life situations and even fun games. Here is a look at two of the best ways to develop children’s and adult’s critical thinking skills in a fun exciting way.
Tangrams. Tangrams have been used for centuries to help people understand the various geometric shapes. Tangrams show everyone an image of an animal or character and have the students develop that image using a set of geometric shapes. There are hundreds of images that can be developed and put together. If you don’t want to use some of the pre-set images you can have students cut out shapes using a pattern and make their own tangrams. It really is a fun creative way to not only learn about the various geometric shapes but to develop critical thinking skills.
Patterns. Patterns are everywhere in the world. They are on T-shirts, clothing, blankets and in the designing world. However, patterns are a great way to develop geometric shapes and have a bit of fun doing so. Many teachers will give their students various geometric shapes and encourage them to develop their pattern making skills by creating fun and exciting patterns. This activity can also be turned into an art project because the students can then color and design various layouts that will really stand out.