Mind Benders Level 2
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 non-issues in the years to come. Includes step-by-step instructions and detailed answers.
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
These are great little books. My son loves logic puzzles, so these are a perfect activity for him to do while I'm working with his sisters. They're educational but don't feel like "school work" to him.
My daughter is bright and only 4 years old, and she adores this book. We only purchased it after doing logic puzzles included on the back of my Timberdoodle invoice, and she could not get enough. I read her the clues, as she is not a proficient reader yet, but she loves using logic and reasoning to figure out the puzzles! My 6 year old son loves it too, and whizzes through the puzzles. Great product!
I purchased this book a few years ago and used it in one day with my daughter. We decided to just spend the day going through all of the mind benders. These are excellent training for reasoning skills. This book helped my daughter to learn to think through the "given" information in a scenario to plot out a graph. The graph is made up of "Y" and "N" marks (yes and no). She struggled with the first several mind benders but she eventually became proficient in looking for the information that was "certain" and plugging it in so that she could complete each graph. Just an excellent book. We will save this one for daughter number 2. Just make sure not to write in it when you do the equations so that you can reuse it with your other children.
I did this with my first grade son. He enjoyed them, often wanting to do several in one day. An added bonus I wouldn't have thought of- he had to write the letters Y and N over and over again. These are two of the letters he really struggled with, and getting to practice them free form over and over again, I saw much improvement by the end of the book.
This book is a logical next step to the first book. This states a grade level of 1-2. Reading skills will be very helpful with this book as there are words even on the puzzle itself, for example, "cat, dog, bug, rat" or clocks with hour and minute hands pictured. A child who is quick to understand, but not read, could do these with a reader's help. I love these kinds of puzzles!