Mind Benders Book 4 (Deductive Thinking Skills)

Mind Benders Book 4 (Deductive Thinking Skills)

# 003035

Our Price: $10.99
In Stock.

Item #: 003035
ISBN: 9781601443045
Grades: 3-6

Category Description for Mind Benders:

Deductive reasoning at its finest. Mind Benders books help students (and adults) learn and practice deductive reasoning as they are presented with clues to unravel and organize in order to reach logical conclusions. Becoming proficient in deductive reasoning will not only improve standardized test scores, but will help sharpen reasoning ability in all curriculum areas and in real life situations. As a child, I particularly enjoyed working these clue-and-grid type problems and consumed puzzle books full of them just for fun. I never gave a thought to their educational value. But perhaps it's no coincidence that I ended up a computer systems consultant..... Anyone doing Mind Benders for the first time should begin in the Verbal or Book 3 level to learn the deductive reasoning process before trying the more challenging levels. The original books are leveled A1-C3, and were out of print, but some levels are now available again. These original titles contained in one book. Where the original levels had 14 puzzles per book, most of the new versions include about 25-26. Surprisingly, the new books are about the same size (and similar price!), perhaps because they have condensed each puzzle onto one page where originally the clues were on one page and the grid on the other. Puzzles spiral slightly within each level and solutions are included in the books. For each new level below, we have noted the old versions included in parentheses.

Although Mind Benders Verbal is considered the introductory book in the Mind Benders series, Critical Thinking also provides two Beginner Levels (Books 1 and 2) which introduce deductive thinking in the format of the grid puzzle. While the Verbal includes questions like “Skip likes cake better than pie. He likes ice cream better than cake. What conclusion follows from this?” that guide the student to use their deductive reasoning skills, no clue and grid puzzles are included in this book. Instead, Verbal contains 100 brief exercises that introduce younger students to the critical thinking process. Books 1 and 2 each feature an instructional page at the beginning that demonstrates how to use a grid chart, and the grid puzzles that follow utilize pictures and simple words wherever possible so beginning readers aren’t more frustrated by the sentences than they are by the puzzles. Answer keys are included.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Saddle Stitched Book
Brand Name
Critical Thinking Company
0.4 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 36 answers
Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
My kids love these
Joel B on Jan 6, 2023
for thinking skills for my 4th grader
Renae T on Jul 10, 2022
My kids love these
Joel B on Jan 6, 2023
My son couldn't stop solving these puzzles, and asked for more right away.
Kathleen B on Dec 1, 2022
for thinking skills for my 4th grader
Renae T on Jul 10, 2022
Next book in series - enjoy doing these, sometimes together as family at dinner
Alexis L on May 20, 2022
Excellent critical thinking exercises
Ecaterina C on Jan 31, 2022
These books are a wonderful addition to a math curriculum. We love finding extra practice for our kids in logic!
Cherise on Jan 13, 2022
My third grader loves these!
Morgan R on Oct 18, 2021
We love Mind Benders Book 3 and completed it.
Anne F on Aug 18, 2021
Mind Benders are the best for thinking skills and logic skills.
Jennifer B on Aug 14, 2021
Super fun! We use these as a break between subjects, My son always looks forward to them.
Casey W on Jul 31, 2021
Mindbenders are great prep for college entrance exams, as well as for general logic practice.
Daniel R on Jan 30, 2021
On our curriculum list
Febe K on Sep 15, 2020
My older kids love puzzles. Thought this would be a great way to try thinking in a different way.
Courtney T on Jun 20, 2020
Mind Benders are a fun challenge for young learners to practice using deductive thinking!
Nadia G on May 13, 2019
I want my kids to have fun with logic puzzles.
Tracie B on Feb 6, 2019
We have tried these and really like these critical thinking books! :)
Melissa C on Oct 8, 2018
trying something new this year
tanya t on Aug 1, 2018
critical thinking skill booster for my 9 y/o
Kim F on Feb 22, 2018
These make for a great activity for substitute teaching.
Barbara L on Jan 18, 2018
We love these books! My son has worked through every level since Kindergarten.
Melissa W on Nov 1, 2017
We used Book 3, and my child loved it! As a 6th grader, she needed the next level up.
nancy s on Sep 5, 2017
I already purchased Mind Benders Book 3 and like what it is teaching my daughter so I bought the next book in this series.
User on Jun 14, 2017
My children have used mind benders since they were in Kindergarten and love them! Better activity than tv!
Jessi G on May 24, 2017
My daughter blew threw book 2, so I'm ordering the next 2 levels
Toni H on Mar 9, 2017
Required for school but enjoyed it
Alissa K on Dec 5, 2016
Have used other mind benders and children enjoy them. Good challenges!
Jill S on Oct 10, 2016
My 4th grader blew through Mind Benders level 3 in a couple of sittings; way too easy for the adept deductive reason thinker.
Abigail P on Oct 5, 2016
Recommended by "A Well Trained Mind"
Nicole F on Sep 26, 2016
Wanted fun puzzles that would improve reading comprehension.
Felicia P on Sep 20, 2016
My older daughter liked Mind Benders and my younger daughter wanted to try them.
Ronald H on Jul 5, 2016
Good brain exercises.
Margaret M on May 21, 2016
Students love Mind Benders!
Julie S on Jan 25, 2016
entertaining grandchildren on long flight
Joyce M on Jan 15, 2016
My son couldn't stop solving these puzzles, and asked for more right away.
Kathleen B on Dec 1, 2022
Next book in series - enjoy doing these, sometimes together as family at dinner
Alexis L on May 20, 2022
How many pages/puzzles are in this book?
Maren on Feb 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There are 33 pages of puzzles, with a few pages of how-to in the beginning and a solutions page in the back. My kids love these!
5.0 / 5.0
1 Review
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
Rated 5 out of 5
Have used these books for homeschooling 3 children through the intermediate and middle grades. Invaluable for developing logic skills.
January 10, 2019
over 4 years ago

help desk software