Mind Benders Level 2

Mind Benders Level 2

# 011311

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Item #: 011311
ISBN: 9780894558733
Grades: 1-2

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.

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Recommended by The Well-Trained Mind
Mary M on May 2, 2022
Excellent critical thinking exercises
Ecaterina C on Jan 31, 2022
Recommended by The Well-Trained Mind
Mary M on May 2, 2022
My son loves level 1
Peng X on Apr 14, 2022
Excellent critical thinking exercises
Ecaterina C on Jan 31, 2022
My first grader loves these!
Morgan R on Oct 18, 2021
My daughter loves book 1 and I loved these as a child as well.
Jennifer C on Mar 9, 2021
When we used Level 1 my little girl would beg to do more and didn't want to stop figuring out the puzzles.
Riley M on Jul 21, 2020
Promotes critical thinking
Keri H on Jul 18, 2020
Wanted to add a fun little activity to our homeschool day!
Erik D on Jul 7, 2020
I have the first one and my kids enjoy them.
Alexis M on Jun 24, 2020
summer brain teasers
Meredith M on May 6, 2020
Recommended by Well Trained Mind
Melanie C on Apr 30, 2020
We used Level 1 this past year and really enojoyed it. Plus, the price was right!
Jessica W on Apr 14, 2020
Both my kids love these Mind Benders books and younger daughter just finished book 1 so moving on to book 2.
Beverly D on Mar 30, 2020
Always looking for good logic puzzles for my children to do with their math studies.
Bridget T on Jul 30, 2019
Love these. Needed a new one for my 6 year old granddaughter.
Kathryn S on May 2, 2019
trying something new.
Kristen F on Apr 21, 2019
Intro to teaching Logic to a 7 year old 3rd grader
Candice B on Dec 28, 2018
I want to help my son think more critically about the things he does and learn to make deductions.
Jennifer G on Aug 29, 2018
I love the Critical Thinking Co.!
Gail B on Jul 26, 2018
My son (6) completed level 1 earlier this year and he loved it.
Morgan D on Mar 24, 2018
My kids love doing these.
Laura M on Mar 16, 2018
Used this for my oldest and now will use with my youngest. I think I originally heard about it from Well-Trained Mind.
Bridget N W on Jun 29, 2017
to go along with the curriculum
Theresa C on Jan 26, 2017
My kids love doing these!
Karen M on May 3, 2016
Mind Benders are a great way to practice logic with my children. It is fun as well as educational and they enjoy the exercises.
Jennifer T on Apr 5, 2016
My son loves level 1
Peng X on Apr 14, 2022
My first grader loves these!
Morgan R on Oct 18, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
This was my first purchase of a product by The Critical Thinking Company. My 8 year old and I both love it. It’s challenging without being frustrating and he thinks it’s fun! I’ve already ordered Level 3 and a couple other titles from Critical Thinking Co.
March 15, 2022
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The kids ask to do this thinking skills book.
Fun thinking skills book that the kids ask to do. Fun for Mama too and wide range of ages.
April 29, 2021
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Lots of fun. Makes her think.
This is super fun. I love that it makes my daughter extrapolate data instead of just giving her all the answers. She feels very accomplished when she finishes each puzzle. We will be buying the next level up.
September 1, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My 1st grader asks to do these daily. She loves them.
July 5, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My kids begged for this, and they find it rewarding to work through each problem. Great deductive reasoning practice for early elementary students.
May 17, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great intro
Great into to logic reasoning for my 7 year old. She caught on and solved the first one before I could finish explaining how to solve it. She finished the book in a few days. I guess it was a little on the easy side, but glad she had a good experience so I can ease her into more challenging books.
January 29, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Gets the mind thinking
The kids like these puzzles, and do not see them as extra work. The purpose of the book is to develop deductive reasoning.
February 13, 2017
over 5 years ago

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