Mind Benders Level 1
When I was about ten years old, my parents, with their six daughters ages two to eleven, spent the summer driving a Dodge van from Panama to Oregon, then over to Michigan. Cars in those days did not have media centers, and if ours had a working radio or air conditioner, it was a well-guarded secret. But what we did have were several large tote bags of puzzle books. It was on this trip that I was first introduced to this absorbing type of puzzle. Mind Benders are deductive thinking puzzles that develop vital logic, reading comprehension, and mental organization skills necessary for solving real-life problems.
Levels spiral in difficulty within grade ranges. Mind Benders Level 1 and Mind Benders Level 2 are intended for children as young as four years old. With your assistance, your child will think about each story and its clues; identify logical associations between people, places, and things; and then deduce how it all fits together. A child that can master these skills at four or five years of age will almost certainly find that the twin academic challenges of reading comprehension and mathematical story problems will be nonissues in the years to come. Includes step-by-step instructions and detailed answers.
Best-selling deductive thinking puzzles.
Develops reading comprehension, logic, and problem solving.
Prepares your child for testing.
Great for developing real-life, problem solving skills.
Author: Michael Baker
Black and White: Yes
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA
Reproducible: Yes, for use within your own home or classroom. Not for any commercial entity or organization.
Awards and Endorsements:
Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted
Practical Homeschooling Logic Award
Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
Practical Homeschooling Software Award
Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
Cathy Duffy Top 100 Award
Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching
The Well-Trained Mind Recommended Resource for Logic and Critical Thinking
My son has seen me do logic puzzles often, so he was excited about trying them himself this year. He has really enjoyed this book. He flew through the first 10 or so puzzles, but they become more difficult throughout the book, and in the last quarter of it he is really having to think to figure it out. Sometimes he needs help from me, because he has trouble with the negative clues (Mom does NOT have a 4-legged pet, etc.). He wants to mark Yeses, and doesn't always get that marking something as a No is just as useful. But that's good! He's learning! I asked him if he wanted me to get him the second level and he said yes, so we are purchasing the next one.
My kids watched me doing mind bender puzzles (I ordered one from timberdoodle for myself!) and they wanted to do one, too- so I got this- I had to read it to them, but they quickly understood how to do it and really enjoy the logic.
My kindergartner (age 5) loves Mind Benders. She requests to do them. Some of the puzzles are a bit difficult, but I help her through them and explain the logic. They are fun to do together and we plan on adding more Mind Benders to our curriculum in the future.
My K5 daughter loves logic puzzles and mazes. She rapidly finished the Kumon Logic workbook because it was so fun. We are using the Developing the Early Learner series of books, but I wanted more of a fun puzzle book she can do while I'm prepping snacks or lunch. The Mind Benders book is GREAT fun. Any lawyers out there, you'll recognize these "games" from the LSAT. My daughter and I call them our "mysteries" and we sit down and work them out together (she needed some help in the beginning to understand the strategy). Like another reviewer said, the challenge is suitable for a young child but sometimes they need the clues repeated or questions asked ("If Dad wears the striped shirt, can his son or daughter wear the striped shirt? So what should we write in these boxes?") to help them figure out the solution. I'm super happy with this purchase. We also purchased the Critical & Creative workbook but haven't used it yet. Both were recommended by homeschool families and I think they gave us great advice!
Excellent book, though there were a few puzzles my four-year-old couldn't complete on his own. Usually my reading the clues over with more inflection helped it click.