You want to build your child's problem-solving skills, but you aren't sure how.
Challenge students to use the blocks to build a ramp for the ball to roll down that will make the ball reach a given line of tape.
Alternatively, you can challenge children to create a building using pipe cleaners. While homemade games are always fun, many commercial games can teach problem-solving skills as well.
You can play a game with puzzles by challenging preschoolers to try to beat their best time to complete one.
Alternatively, let preschoolers make their own puzzles out of crayons, paper and scissors.
This classic game is fun for preschoolers to play with each other or an adult.
Make rows of dots — five dots in each of five rows, for starters — and then take turns drawing one line to connect the dots horizontally or vertically. If so, hold a contest to see who can build the tallest skyscraper in a given amount of time.Challenge preschoolers to work together to create a way to walk around the entire room without touching the ground.That might mean stretching from a chair onto a trampoline, then walking across a pool noodle to reach a small table.You can challenge them to take it a step further, however, by asking them to create an airplane that can fly the farthest.They'll need to use their problem-solving skills to figure out how each change slightly affects the way the plane flies.Then they can swap with a friend and race to see who can complete each other's puzzle first.Preschoolers can learn how to create a basic paper airplane with practice.Decide on 5 to 10 locations around the house and write out one clue to place at each location. At the end of the clue trail, leave something exciting like a snack or the next fun activity.Putting together a puzzle teaches preschoolers how to use trial and error, as well as fine motor skills and visual cues, to create the final picture.They try one way and if it doesn’t work, they try another way and so on, until the problem is solved.It’s this process of exploring and ‘not giving up’ that helps them achieve their goal.