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NMSG March Talk Notes: Creative & Critical Thinking in Early Childhood

Viknesh Kastor, Kaboodle

Seven Fundamental Life Skills

1. Focus and Self Control

2. Perspective talking (understanding how others think)

3. Communicating

4. Making Connections (Creatively)

5. Critical Thinking

6. Taking on Challenges

7. Self-Directed, Engaged, Learning

How to Support Creative and Critical Thinking

  • Encourage pursuits of curiosity

  • Learn from others

  • Help children evaluate information

  • Promote children’s interests

  • Teach problem-solving skills

Encourage pursuits of curiosity

  • Help them form and test theories

  • Encourage children to explore

  • Ask questions, test their theories

  • Think critically about results and think about changes they could make

  • How could they do things differently?

Learn from others

  • Instill a love for learning

  • Desire to understand how things work

  • Seek out the answers to all your children’s ‘why’ questions

  • Use books, the internet, friends, family and other experts

Help children evaluate information

  • We are often given lots of information at a time, and it is important we evaluate that information to determine if it is true, important and whether or not we should believe in it.

  • Help children learn these skills by teaching them to evaluate new information

  • Have them think about where or who the information is coming from

  • How it relates to what they already know and why it is or is not important

Promote children’s interests

  • When children are deeply vested in a topic or pursuit, they are more engaged and willing to experiment

  • The process of expanding their knowledge brings about a lot of opportunities for critical thinking, so to encourage this action helps your child invest in their interests

  • Whether it is learning about trucks or vehicles or a keen interest in insects,

  • Help your child follow their passion

Teach problem solving skills

  • When dealing with problems or conflicts, use critical thinking skills to

  • understand the problem and come up with possible solutions

  • Teach them the steps of problem-solving and they will use critical thinking in the process of finding solutions to problems

Want to learn more…?

Here is some science backed research:

Positive effect on toddlers playing with

blocks and its impact on linguistic abilities

Christakis, D. A., Zimmerman, F. J., Garrison, M. M. (2007, October). Effect of Block Play on Language Acquisition

and Attention in Toddlers. Retrieved from:

Emotional, behavioural, social and physical benefits of play

Goldstein, J. (2012, February). Play in children’s development, health and well-being. Retrieved from:

Play builds strong parent-child bonds

Ginsburg, K. R. (2007). The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong

parent-child bonds. Pediatrics, 119(1), 182-191.

Serious implications on a child’s development and play deprived

Whitebread, D., Basilio, M., Kuvalja, M. & Verma, M. (2012, April). The importance of play. Retrieved from:

Kaboodle integrates creative play for wholesome development:

Cognitive – creative problem solving

Social – Increases empathy and sharing

Linguistics – Emotive connotations to words

Emotional – Enhance confidence & resilience

Physical – Motor skills development

Check out Kaboodle’s ‘Big Blue Blocks’ which are like Lego, but life-size! These modular building components develop creative problem-solving skills and critical thinking.

They also use sensory play to engage the five senses and how they interact with the world as well as building of crafts from various materials to increase a child’s capacity to express their imagination and curiosity.

Kaboodle is an indoor play space that provides development for creative intelligence and growth of children from ages 1 to 12, with both creative free play and structured programs.

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