I know that some educators think critical thinking is too esoteric for small children, but I disagree. For example, I get a kick out of kidding with the four to seven year olds in my extended family by using critical thinking errors. I’m always delighted at how fast they pick up on them and how they enjoy them. Two examples:
“I went to the market, and there was a sign saying ‘ground round $2.69 a pound - fat free.” Did that mean they were selling ground round without any fat in it or that there was a lot of fat in it, but they weren’t charging for the fat?
And the old one which I show to kids old enough to read: “Woman without her man is nothing.” I ask what they think of this, and the girls hate it. Then I ask that they say it with pauses after ‘woman’ and ‘her’.
I put together a list of about seventy critical thinking errors with examples like these and have given them to quite a few kids. I’m always gratified when one of the kids quotes one of the myths back to me later as they point out someone’s error. If you want a copy let me know and I can e-mail it to you.