Everyone should learn problem solving, as it is important in both our personal and professional lives. Problems occur all around us and many people react with spontaneous emotion. Instead, effective use of problem solving skills can lead to rational thinking, a component of any successful endeavor.
Creative problem involves using one or more of the basic steps of problem solving in exercises designed to challenge the thinking. Problem solving activities work for every age group. In this article, we will present problem-solving activities for adults and kids. We will also provide you with group and team building problem solving ideas.
Creative problem solving requires creative problem solving activities. Because even if you know all of the problem solving steps , it’s important to know exercises and techniques to actually execute each phase.
Note: For the sake of demonstration, we’re going to use the same example for each exercise, in this case, the difficult problem of opening a jar of peanut butter (to make a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich of course).
A fast paced activity that can be modified to suit age and setting. Each participant gets one gutter or half pipe tubing. The object is to move a marble or assorted size balls using lengths of guttering from point A to point B without dropping them.
A powerful teambuilding exercise for medium sized groups. Participants must touch the randomly placed numbers, in sequence, within a given time frame in multiple attempts.
Find here an annotated list of problem solving websites and books, and a list of math contests. There are many fine resources for word problems on the net! have personally checked & reviewed each website, to make sure it is truly useful.
A video lesson that shows the solution to 14 different balance problems, starting from the most simple and advancing to some that have double scales.
Our National Curriculum based workshops are a great way to improve the image of maths in your school. Using large resources enables maximum participation for the groups and helps encourage communication and team skills.
As well as developing thinking skills, maths concepts and dialogue the maths activities will help foster a can do attitude amongst your students.