Gone are the skills that were needed when we were in school (memorizing dates, facts, etc.)
In today’s job market, employees need to be able to think, to be creative, to work as a member of a team.
My last post (the creative problem challenge) is something that you can do with your grandchildren to help them expand and grow their creativity.
Today, I have something for you to do with your grandchildren that will help them with their logic. (AND it could help keep your synapses agile to ward off Alzheimer’s!)
Today I bring you logic puzzles!
I love logic puzzles. I discovered them when I took the GRE test to be accepted into a Master’s program. The test had logic problems on it and I really enjoyed doing the practice ones.
So, I have some here for you. Some easy ones for tweens and harder ones for teens.
Your grandchildren can work on them individually or they can work on them with one or two other grandchildren. (That would give them practice doing something as a team!)
What are logic problems? you ask.
Well, lemme tell you. They are NOT those pesky story problems from math in days of yore. No siree, Bob! Forget the train leaving New York traveling 35 miles an hour and the one leaving Chicago traveling 45 miles an hour. Let’s do a dance and shout hallelujah!
Let me show you a sample logic problem. It’s called Getting a Pet and is from Braingle.com.
Here’s the problem.
Three people bought a pet one day. Their names were Zach, Rachel, and Hubert. The animals they bought were a snake, a parrot, and a guinea pig. They bought their pets for $100, $50, and $25.
Can you find out which person bought which animal for which amount of money using these clues?
1. Zach is allergic to birds.
2. Hubert couldn’t get the $100 pet, so he bought the snake.
3. Rachel saved $10 a week for ten weeks in order to get her pet.
4. The mammal was $25.
Here’s the grid to help you solve it. Put an X in a spot where information does not apply.
The next piece of information says that Hubert couldn’t get the $100 pet so he bought the snake. So, put an X in the box in the the row of information about Hubert and that is in the $100 box. It tells us that he bought the snake so you put an O in the snake box for Hubert.
The next piece of info tells us that Rachel saved $10 a week for ten weeks in order to get her pet. We have to do a wee bit o’ math here. If she saved $10 for 10 weeks to get her pet that means she spent $100 to buy her pet. So we can put a O on her row of information in the $100 box.
The last piece of info that we know is that the the mammal was $25. Since we know guinea pigs are mammals, put an O under the guinea pig in the $25 box.
You’ve now filled in the squares for all of the information that was provided. Next comes the logical thinking. Fun!
Since Hubert bought the snake, we know that he did not buy the parrot and the guinea pig. Put Xs in those boxes.
See if you can figure out the rest — either with the help of a grandchild or by yourself.
(Here are the answers. Zach bought the guinea Pig for $25. Rachel bought the parrot for $100. And, Hubert bought the snake for $50.)
Here are some easy logic puzzles that I got from Kids Love to Know.You can start with these to get an idea of how they work. The answer key is included with the puzzle so that you can check your answers.
- Animal Lovers Logic Puzzle
- Fruit Logic Puzzle
- Its Time for Pie Logic Puzzle
- Lets Get Moving Logic Puzzle
- Line Leader Logic Puzzle
- The Big Dance Logic Puzzle
Here are four logic puzzles that are harder. I got them from the Puzzle Barron.
- Mr Ackerman Logic Puzzle
- Nicknames Logic Puzzle
- The Writer Logic Puzzle
- Trick or Treater Logic Puzzle
Here is the logic puzzle answers for these 4 puzzles.
Have a great time playing with these puzzles — and expanding your critical thinking skills!