14 Engaging Cause and Effect Toys for All Ages

14 Engaging Cause and Effect Toys for All Ages

Discover some great cause and effect toys and games to use in your classroom. Whether you are teaching cause and effect to preschool or upper elementary you will find some great engaging ideas.

14 Engaging Cause and Effect Toys for All Ages

Cause and Effect in the Classroom

Do your students struggle to understand cause and effect? You will know cause and effect is not always the easiest concept to get across to children, especially the younger they are.

We are always teaching cause and effect in implicit ways, for example, telling children if they do ‘this’ then they can do ‘that’. But we also need to teach it in explicit ways.

I have already written about cause and effect activities and children’s books. Here you will find a list of great cause and effect games, toys and board games you buy to promote the concept in hands-on and engaging ways. 

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Benefits of Cause and Effect Toys

Having a collection of cause and effect toys in your classroom will reinforce to children that for every action something else will happen. These toys and games add a fun dimension to making connections between actions and the likely outcomes. Through their use, you can get children to ask themselves “When this happened what do I expect to happen next?”

Cause and effect helps children connect ideas using prior knowledge. By them verbalising and explaining their knowledge through exploration they form generalisations and more efficiently understand new information.

Cause-and-effect thinking, or causality, allows us to make inferences and reason about things that happen around us. Causality helps us understand things as simple as “If I don’t water the plants they’ll die” to things more complicated such as other people’s intentions and behaviors. When children understand cause and effect, they also begin to understand the operation of mechanisms, which allows them to understand causal relationships.”


Benefits from playing cause and effect toys and games

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Social interaction
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Inferring skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Scientific inquiry skills
  • Independent learning



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In Conclusion...

Some of these cause and effect toys may look simple but all of them support cause and effect understanding in the appropriate age child. Giving your students the opportunity to explore connected events and explain the actions will support their critical thinking skills and the ability to infer future events.

What toys and games do you use in your classroom to develop your student’s cause and effect understanding?

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