15 Mar 2021

How can coding improve the logical ability of kids?

Hritika Singh

Logical ability is one of the key life skills that must be incorporated into every individual. It helps people to structure their thoughts and make better decisions. Young kids are great at learning new things. Exposing them to activities that encourage these skills can help them get ahead in their future. But can these skills be just learned by focusing on the syllabus taught in schools?

In this article, we focus on why logical thinking has become a crucial skill in recent times. And how kids can develop this ability through extracurricular activities. But let’s start with the basics.

What is logical ability?

Logical ability is the cumulation of logical reasoning skills developed over the years. It is when an individual can effectively think in a step by step order based on their learnings, experiences and the demand of the situation. When solving a problem, this helps the individual to come up with solutions while analyzing each of their steps, errors and learnings involved in the process.

Why is the development of logical ability important?

The development of logical ability is crucial for kids as they are learning things and acquiring experiences at a fairly fast pace. This makes it an ideal time to grasp information quickly. This article published by The Hindustan Times, notes that the development of logical reasoning also helps in the development of four different types of memory:

  • Motor Memory - Motor memory helps us recall frequently occurring muscle coordination. Formed as a result of motor learning, motor memory is the reason why we never forget how to ride a bike or play an instrument. Motor memory helps us remember old muscular coordinations and movements making us hard to forget.
  • Verbal-logical memory - Verbal logical memory helps us to store the information gathered verbally. Recalling a story, or the things taught in class is due to verbal logical memory.
  • Visual-shape memory - As the name suggests, visual shape memory helps us recognise, identify and distinguish between familiar objects, shapes or elements in the vicinity of our vision. This is the reason why we don’t mistake a bowl for any other object.
  • Emotional memory - Capturing the thoughts and emotions related to an event - good or bad and the ability to recall it is emotional memory.

How can coding for kids help?

Starting with the coding journey can be a bit daunting for both the parents and the child. However, coding isn’t as complicated and difficult as expected by many. Kids can simply start by picking up a visual programming language before moving to a fairly complicated one.

While there are many ways by which kids benefit from coding, here are some of the ways that it can help kids develop their logical reasoning skills.

Improves understanding of core concepts and recall memory

Coding for kids helps them to practically apply the concepts learned in their science and math classes. This gives them an opportunity to understand things better and apply concepts in real life. It also allows them to think through problems and learn from mistakes.

While working on a problem, the kid learns the different approaches to solving it. This helps them realise that there can be more than one way to arrive at an answer.

Uses critical thinking to encourage problem-solving

Coding strengthens the individual’s critical thinking skills by replicating the exact process. Critical thinking requires a person to think through well-defined steps, recognizing and rectifying errors and implementing the learning. Working on coding problems requires the kids to go through this process.

Coding also pushes the kids out of their comfort zones to identify similar patterns, make errors and work on them again. Steve Jobs once said - “Coding teaches you how to think.” We couldn’t agree more.

Helps improve their communication skills

When working on a project, the programmer needs to think from the perspective of the users. What value does it add to them? How user-friendly is it? This process helps creators to get into the shoes of users. This process makes the creator more aware of their surroundings.

Creators need to ensure that their product is easy to understand by their target audience. This makes them build their communications skills as they learn to communicate complicated things in a simple way.

Hritika Singh

An edtech enthusiast, avid reader who is found exploring new places and writing about them.