It is important that your kids solve a problem. It is all the more important for them to be able to create a problem.
No, we aren’t crazy. Have you ever given it a thought though?
If your kids are able to create problems, they would have thought about (at least) a couple of ways they could get to that answer.
It is sign of creativity and deep understanding which is an important skill that is declining in today’s generation. By encouraging kids to frame problems, you can improve cognitive abilities of the kid.
Asking yourself how to do this? Worry not!
We have come up with a few activities which will encourage your children to ask questions.
So, let’s start
BODMAS board game
You are right! We will create a board game with answers instead of questions. Interesting enough already!
You can take up any board game you already have. Cut out a few small squares of paper to paste over landing spaces.
Start writing numbers on these papers along with options such as “power booster” or “write 3 questions” etc. For example, if the paper cut out says 24 and “write 3 questions” the player have to say “6 * 4 = 24”, “20 + 4 = 24” and “30 – 6 = 24”.
Power boosters will be an add-on which will allow you take 3 times the steps if you answer the question on it correctly. For example, you landed on a power booster after moving 5 steps. If the number on it is 121 you have to frame a question in 2 different ways. If you answer it correctly, you get to move 3 times the steps i.e 15 steps.
This game will add a lot of fun to learning.
Dice, draw and question
This time the dice will have: What, Why, When, Who, How and Where.
Create cards with answers. It could be math, simple english words (for example, party, balloons, walking etc) or anything you want to teach them.
The player rolls the dice and pick up a card. They have to frame as many questions as they can using that one word on the dice whose answer will be the word/number on the card.
For example, if the dice reads “what” and the card says “party” the questions could be
- What can we do to make your birthday special? – Throw a party
- What are we doing today evening? – Going to a party
- Why did we go to Ritu aunty’s house yesterday? To attend a party.
3. Create the story: Beginning and the end
You have to create notes with moral of a story. For example, “Finally, the princess met the prince” or “his grandpa passed away” or “her father saved her from getting hurt” or “Superman saved me from the jungle wars”
Fill the jar with these notes. Your kids will have to pick out one card and tell you the story. For example, if it says “her father saved her from getting hurt”, your kid will have to tell you a beginning and an end. Something like this –
Beginning – Little girl fell from the swing. End – She had no wounds and played carefully afterwards
These games are carefully chosen to develop inquisitiveness and understanding in children. They are sneaky and your kid will never realise you are up to something! *winks*
Do you have something in mind as well? Did you try any of these activities? If you have, do let us know by commenting below. We love to hear from you.