Critical Thinking Activities for Kids

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking skills are one of the most important things we can instill in students, and that is perhaps one of the main reasons we become teachers in the first place. At Educational Innovations, we provide tools to help you challenge and inspire your students so they will develop those skills. Hand them an Energy Tube or Energy Ball and ask them what activates the light and sound show. Place an ice cube on each of the Amazing Ice Melting Blocks at room temperature. One ice cube instantly begins to melt and is totally gone in about 90 seconds while the other ice cube shows no evidence of melting. Can your students tell you why? When the Poly Density Bottle is shaken, blue and white beads mix as expected. However, when allowed to settle, the beads separate, white at the top and blue at the bottom. Then, the two separated colored beads slowly come together in the center of the liquid. Let your students discuss theories behind this phenomenon!
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  • Create a Mobile--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Create a Mobile--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Introducing the Create a Mobile--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™ for physical science and physics! This activity...
    $56.97
  • Generating Electricity with Wind--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Generating Electricity with Wind--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    With the Generating Electricity with Wind--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™ Kit, construct a rotor and blade...
    $59.00
  • Marble Down--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™, Full-Size Lab Kit

    Marble Down--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™, Full-Size Lab Kit

    The Marble Down activity introduces students to the thrilling realm of engineering design. Observe a rise in student...
    $88.17
  • Marble Down: Flinn STEM Design Challenge™, Small-Size Lab Kit

    Marble Down: Flinn STEM Design Challenge™, Small-Size Lab Kit

    The Marble Down exercise introduces students to the dynamic realm of engineering design. Witness a surge in student...
    $63.49
  • Roller Coasters--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Roller Coasters--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Explore the Roller Coasters--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™ for physical science and physics, where students...
    $79.13
  • Investigate a Twirling Toy--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Investigate a Twirling Toy--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Explore the Twirling Toy--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™ for physical science and physics, a delightful and...
    $20.74
  • Paper Airplanes--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Paper Airplanes--Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

    Experience the thrill of student engagement soaring to new heights with the Paper Airplanes Flinn STEM Design...
    $29.42
  • Tape-O-Tronics Craft Box

    Tape-O-Tronics Craft Box

    Get creative with LEDs! This comprehensive set combines simple electronics with imaginative cardboard crafting....
    $30.00
  • Thames & Kosmos Ultralight Airplanes

    Thames & Kosmos Ultralight Airplanes

    Encourage your students to build impressive flying gliders using ultra-lightweight plastic and bamboo components!
    $21.95
  • Measurement and Accuracy--Super Value Lab Practical Kit

    Measurement and Accuracy--Super Value Lab Practical Kit

    Using the Measurement and Accuracy Colorful Lab Practical Kit, students systematically measure various colored...
    $44.18
  • Density Sphere Experiment Kit - Pack of 10

    Density Sphere Experiment Kit - Pack of 10

    Discover and apply concepts of density and buoyancy.
    $104.95
  • Density Sphere Experiment Kit

    Density Sphere Experiment Kit

    Discover and apply concepts of density and buoyancy.
    $11.95
  • 8" Plasma Globe

    8" Plasma Globe

    A fun and safe way to demonstrate Tesla Coils!
    $59.95
  • Drinking Bird Experiment Kit

    Drinking Bird Experiment Kit

    Investigate what drives this unusual bird.
    $11.95
  • Baffler's Bundle

    Baffler's Bundle

    Six of our most confusing, jaw dropping, and unexpected demonstrations
    $49.95
  • The Case of the Contaminated Creek

    The Case of the Contaminated Creek

    This cold case has an attention-grabbing environmental twist.
    $189.95
  • Octacog Balance Construction Toy and Game

    Octacog Balance Construction Toy and Game

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    A STEM construction toy that's all about the physics of balance.
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  • The Think Tube

    The Think Tube

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    An utterly unique introduction to science inquiry.
    $7.95
  • Newton's Cradle

    Newton's Cradle

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    Witness the amazing laws of physics!
    $18.95
  • Wind Gyro

    Wind Gyro

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    Simply blow a steady stream of air downward onto the top, and it will spin!
    $6.95
  • Rheoscopic Fluid

    Rheoscopic Fluid

    Captivate your students with this unique fluid.
    $19.95
  • Subtractive Color Theory Demonstration

    Subtractive Color Theory Demonstration

    Perfect for teaching the optics and physics of color mixing.
    $109.95
  • Radiometer

    Radiometer

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    Easily illustrate the conversion of light energy into mechanical energy.
    $17.95
  • Balancing Bird Puzzle

    Balancing Bird Puzzle

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    A wonderful do-it-yourself physics puzzle for students of all ages.
    $5.95
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Critical Thinking Learning Materials and Activities

As teachers, we want our students to be inquisitive. But what does it mean to "think like a scientist?" A key component is critical thinking. Learning materials that help your students to actively consider information, assess the validity of data, and form their own conclusions are an ideal way to bring critical thinking into your classroom.

Whether your students are trying to figure out why the beads float at different levels in our Poly Density Kit or are wondering which scientific principles are at work with our Atmospheric Mat, these critical thinking learning materials are bound to improve their skills and understanding of scientific phenomena. We agree with the scholar who wrote, "The value of science education might not always be in the facts, but in the thinking." Get your students thinking critically with activities from Educational Innovations!