Helping kids solve problems for themselves

Being able to problem solve paves the way for kids to learn all sorts of new skills, get along well with others and become more independent.

 

Children need to practise their problem-solving skills. The starting point can be everyday play. Here, they are surrounded with chances to problem solve, whether they’re playing an imaginary game with their toys, building with blocks, or colouring. It’s the perfect time for them to show you what they can do.

 

It also gives you the chance to prompt them towards a solution and to praise their efforts.

 

For example, your child might be working on a puzzle. They ask for your help finding a missing piece. Instead of just handing them the piece, you could prompt them to find the answer themselves. You could say something like, “What size piece are you looking for?” or “What colour?” and guide them towards the answer.

 

This not only teaches them about the steps of problem solving, it sends them the message that problems have solutions. 

 

Growing up in an environment like this will help kids become confident enough to tackle problems in the future.

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