Choose two objects in the room that don't appear to have anything in common (say, a clock and a sneaker). Ask your child to find at least one thing that's similar about them. He could say that numbers are printed on both or that each has "body parts" (the clock has a face and hands the shoe has a tongue and a heel).
FLIP A FAIRY TALE
Critical thinkers can look at situations through different lenses. Encourage your youngster to write a fairy tale from another character's point of view. For instance, how would the wolf tell "The Three Little Pigs? He might think of himself as hungry rather than "big and bad". If the mother pig were the narrator, how might the story be different?
Games like checkers, chess, Connect Four, and Mastermind build thinking skills. Play some of these together, and share your thought process: "If I move here, you'll probably move there, and then I could capture your piece." Suggest that your child talk himself through his moves moves, too. Idea: Solo games and activities like Sodoku, Rubik's Cube, and Rush Hour can also make him a better thinker.
Taken from, "Reading Connection: Tips for Reading Success"