Logic & Reasoning Exercises for Teens

By Debra Pachucki
Take on challenging newspaper puzzles with your teen.
Take on challenging newspaper puzzles with your teen.

As children grow and develop the ability to comprehend abstract concepts, logic and reasoning skills become increasingly important. These skills help kids think critically, work out problems and develop strategies for solutions in a variety of contexts. Help your teen develop and sharpen his logic and reasoning skills through exercises, activities and games that promote different elements of these critical cognitive skill sets.

Puzzles

Puzzles encourage reasoning and deduction as players attempt to fit pieces together, find a solution or make a contraption work. If a classic jigsaw puzzle isn’t engaging enough for your teen, introduce him to a number puzzle like Sudoku, or a word puzzle that features categories of your teen’s personal interests. Try to complete a logic story puzzle together. As you read through the scenario, try to identify the fallacy and use logic and reasoning skills to deduce the solution to the question or quandary. Puzzle cubes and trick lock boxes provide a stimulating physical challenge for teens that requires logic and reasoning skills to solve. These types of puzzles make engaging, effective exercises in logic and reasoning for hands-on learners.

Brain Teasers

Brain teasers and other brain-training activities provide a workout for the mind as they challenge players to complete deceptively simple objectives that require logic and reasoning skills. Challenge your teen to complete a different brain teaser each evening, or have family contests to see who can correctly solve the most brain teasers in a set amount of time.

Riddles

Even the simplest riddles have a way of stumping children and grownups alike. Inspire your teen to tackle riddles with small incentives, such as a special snack or extra dollar in allowance money for solving a riddle within a specified time frame of a few days. Encourage your teen to talk out possible solutions to the riddle to help him exercise his reasoning, logic, problem-solving and creative thinking skills.

Games

Believe it or not, video games can be beneficial to your teen’s problem-solving, reasoning and strategy skills. As players navigate through game play and face different obstacles, they must use strategy and problem-solving skills to figure out a way to advance to the next level. Card games also double for teens as an engaging exercise in logic and reasoning, because teens must use deductive thinking skills and probability to play cards and hands at the right moments.

About the Author

Debra Pachucki has been writing in the journalistic, scholastic and educational sectors since 2003. Pachucki holds a Bachelor's degree in education and currently teaches in New Jersey. She has worked professionally with children of all ages and is pursuing a second Masters degree in education from Monmouth University.