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Kids Can

Discovering Solutions

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Children who are able to find solutions to little problems do better when life’s big problems come along.

  • Problem-solving gives children a chance to think things through, discover that they are resourceful and capable.
  • For example, understanding that the sun can burn your skin can help your child come up with the solution of using sun screen and a hat for protection.

  • Children can learn a lot from making mistakes.
  • Understanding how something works or why something happens, helps a child figure out solutions.
  • When a child finds a solution to a problem it gives them hope.
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Kids can solve problems. 
Here’s how you can help:

  • Help your child see a problem as exciting.
  • Help them to say what the problem is.
  • Give them a chance to solve the problem.
  • Offer help before the problem becomes frustrating.
  • Encourage trying different solutions when one doesn’t work.
  • Praise steps in the right direction.
  • Remember, practicing problem-solving is more important than getting things perfect.

little chalkboard Puzzles, alphabet and number activities help develop problem-solving skills.

Play our match-up game online or download and print it for later.

quiz icon Quiz

  1. Your child can’t find their shoe. What is the best plan?

    a) Find it for them.
    b) Tell them they can’t go out because they lost their shoe.
    c)Help them retrace their steps to find it.

     The best answer is ‘C’. If they can’t find their shoe, don’t find it for them. Help them figure out where it might be.
     The best answer is ‘C’. If they can’t find their shoe, don’t find it for them. Help them figure out where it might be.

Activity ideas:child questioning

  • Look for problems that your child can solve, for example, “How are we going to get to the library?”
  • When your child asks a question such as, “What is one plus one?” Instead of giving them the answer, help them figure it out.
  • Have your child identify the steps in making their favourite healthy recipe and get them to help make it.
  • Talk about how things work, such as a toy, or an airplane in the sky – get them to come up with ideas.
  • Hide a toy and have your child find it by giving clues.  For example, hide a bear behind the curtain and then give your child a clue such as, “The bear is hiding behind something that is white” and continue to give clues until your child finds it.