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On the ninth day of Christmas...

...we learned how to solve problems

This Christmas, we're dishing out bite-size, top tips to remind us of the importance of play and realise just how many skills can be developed along the way.

Skill 8: Critical thinking

Top tip:

Give children the opportunity to figure out problems for themselves as opposed to giving them the answers immediately

When children encounter a problem they usually go to someone they trust to look for an answer. Sometimes they don't realise that they had the answers all along!

When the initial problem or question arises, help the children to figure it out by asking open questions that will help them to get to the answer bit by bit.

For example, questions such as:

  • What else could you try?
  • What could you do differently?
  • Why do you think that has happened?

Encourage the children to think for themselves. They may also be able to learn to solve the problem by observing or speaking to others to learn from their ideas.

If they don’t get to the answer immediately, praise them for their effort and point out that finding out what doesn’t work can help us get closer to the solution.

real play supports families to play and learn together. Not only does it allow families precious time to bond and share moments of pure fun and joy, it also provides them with the skills they need to be a healthy and active unit.

Contact us at info@createdevelopment.co.uk or on 020 8863 0304 to hear more about real play.

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