Deciphering the minds of kids is surely not an easy task. They are extremely smart, and know exactly what they want and how to get it! Why, I mean they even get adults stumped with their antics! The other day I was thinking about this and I thought what do the teachers and parents do to deal with such super-smart kids? Well, I guess one of the options can be involving them in activities related to problem solving.
Hunting for a Solution or Treasure
Divide the children into 2 or 3 groups, depending upon the number of children. For each group, have a small set of things in a basket at different places. Now there can be variations in this activity. Either you can leave clues in the form of puzzles for them to get to the treasure, or you can create puzzles to guess those things in the basket. Keep a fixed time for the children to solve the problem and get to the treasure.
Aiming for the Best
In this activity the children partner up after they have got enough blindfolds and softballs. Once the kids are in pairs, one of them will be blindfolded. The one who is not will guide the blindfolded one by the arm. The whole aim of this is to get that blindfolded partner to throw the ball at another blindfolded participant. If a blindfolded player is hit twice, then that pair, as a whole, is out.
Jigsaw puzzles are one of the best activities for children. Yes, they are clichéd, but they are really cool. Depending on the level of difficulty, they can be kept engaged for a long period of time. The best part is that these can be done in a group or individually as well.
- Divide the face of the clock into three parts with two lines so that the sum of the numbers in the three parts are equal.
- Jane opened her math book and found that the sum of the facing pages was 243. Which page did she open?
- How many addition signs should be put in between the number '987654321', and where should we put them to get a total of 99?
- A man has to be at work by 10:00 in the morning. It takes him 20 minutes to get dressed, 15 minutes to eat his breakfast, and 20 minutes to walk to work. What time should he get up?
- Given a cube, draw a second figure with a square base, having 8 edges, 5 vertices, and 5 faces.
- How many squares are there on a chessboard?
The kids need to be engaged constructively. After all, what can be better than these activities? They will learn as well as have a good time!