IMAT 2016 Q11 [Conclusion | Thinking Skills]

Children need to play in order to develop their thinking skills. When children play, they are merely going through scenarios, working out the consequences and implications of actions, puzzling out what might happen – the very same processes that adults have learned to do in their heads, the process more commonly known as ‘thinking’! It follows that thinking and playing are really one and the same thing.

Which one of the following best expresses the main conclusion of the above argument?

A. Children need to be taught how to think about the future.

B. Children who do not play will not be good thinkers.

C. Playing and thinking are essentially two forms of the same activity.

D. Children need to be allowed to play in order to develop their thinking skills.

E. Playing is just an early version of abstract thinking and reasoning.