As children get older, it becomes increasingly important that they know how to make inferences and draw conclusions. Luckily, there are many great ways to practice these skills and have fun at the same time! Here are some of our favorites.
1. Play 20 Questions
Most of us have played this game before, but did you realize you were building your inference-making skills as you were playing? Encourage your child to ask broad questions, such as “does it walk on four feet?” Once they figure it out, ask them to tell you the clues that led to the right answer.
2. Wordless Picture Books
Since these books are wordless, your child will have to use the clues in the pictures to create meaning. Rosie’s Walk and Good Dog, Carl are both great options.
3. Paper Bag Mystery Person
Put a few items into a brown paper bag. Tell your child the items belong to a type of person. Ask them to tell you something about the person. Then take the items out one by one and discuss.
Example: a bookmark, a library card, a book