Which One Doesn’t Belong

Which one doesn’t belong? This question helps develop critical thinking skills. A higher level of learning takes place when you take something you already know or are working on and group, sort, or categorize it.

This impromptu game is yet another one I can’t take credit for. B had out our picture cards that go to our ABC Board (Beginning Letter Sounds) and asked me, “Mom, which one doesn’t start with D?” and he gave me the choices. He knew the answer, but he wanted to play the game. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before.

Not working on letter sounds? Have older children?

This game can be adapted for any age and any subject. For example, if your child is working with odd or even numbers take 2 even and 1 odd and ask which one doesn’t belong. If your child is learning about animals take 2 that eat plants and 1 that eats meat and ask which one doesn’t belong.

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  • Reply Ticia

    Now I have the Sesame Street song stuck in my head.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Fiona

    Oooh I like this-great idea!

    April 8, 2010 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I started singing the song right away like Ticia! I love Sesame Street and have done this w/ my kids as well. I start singing the song and they know what I’m playing. Cute beginning sound photos.

    Creative and Curious Kids!

    April 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Joyful Learner

    Thanks for the reminder! I had forgotten the song.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Raising a Happy Child

    We love playing these kinds of games too – they are great for logical skills and for reinforcing any subject you might want to teach. Great post!

    April 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply The girl who painted trees

    Great game idea. Thanks!

    April 9, 2010 at 1:10 am
  • Reply Angela

    love this

    April 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm
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