Puzzles are a fun way to encourage thinking and problem solving as well as mathematical and language skills. The celebration of National Puzzle Day on 29 January is a great excuse to introduce some puzzles into the classroom. The day may be American in origin, but there’s no reason the rest of us can’t join in the fun too.
I have always enjoyed puzzles; both the fun of figuring something out or solving a problem and the satisfaction in having done so. My favourite types of puzzles include (in no particular order):
- Logic puzzles
- Block puzzles
- Word puzzles
- Lateral thinking puzzles
Puzzles aren’t just those that come in a box, a book or online. Life presents us with puzzles and problems with regular frequency. Most days we will be faced with something that will stretch our thinking in divergent, convergent or lateral ways. It is good to provide children with opportunities to think too. Brief interludes of puzzle solving throughout the day can add fun, energise and refocus.
A variety of puzzles and resources to develop children’s thinking are available in the readilearn collection. Some are interactive lessons ready to teach on the interactive whiteboard. Others are printable for offline use. All provide opportunities for learning in context with the greatest benefit coming from the discussions with the teacher and other students.
Check out this previous post for other thoughts about Logical thinking and problem solving.
Learning with readilearn puzzles
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