by MindBox November 28, 2020 5:42 am
Children face challenges daily – be it solving a tough math problem, negative peer pressure or navigating sibling conflict. Our job as parents is not to solve everything for them; it is to teach them how to solve things themselves.
When your children use their brains to solve problems, it will boost their confidence to deal with different situations in life, be it personal or academic. They will learn to manage their emotions and think creatively. The trial and error method to find a solution will make them independent and resilient.
According to the World Economic Forum, Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking are among the top job skills of tomorrow. As parents, you need to give your children the freedom to think outside the box and allow them to explore & experiment in a supportive environment that will prepare them for the future.
Here are some of the ways you can bring the creative problem-solving process into your children’s everyday life:
Fun activities lay the foundation for critical skills in children. They enable a child to bring together their existing knowledge with new ideas to solve problems and make new understandings. You can engage your children in a maze board game. It will motivate them to apply their problem-solving skills to find their way through the maze.
Encourage your children to play the Treasure Hunt game wherein they will have to search for hidden objects by following a trail of clues. Identify few locations in the house and leave a clue at each location. Make sure one clue leads to another. When they find the hidden object, delight them by giving some goodies. Along with problem-solving, it will also help them gain an understanding of the concept of teamwork that will strengthen their collaboration skills.
Introduce your children to Blocks & Puzzles. The process of assembling the jumbled pieces of blocks or identifying the clues to solve a puzzle will allow them to stretch their creative abilities in new and innovative ways. It will help sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Do you know how world’s top companies like Google, IBM, Apple, and Samsung create innovative products? They use design thinking to drive innovation and creativity.
What is design thinking? It is a human-centric process for creative problem-solving. It consists of five stages – Stage 1: Empathize (Research & gather data to gain a deeper personal understanding of the problem and needs of the users for whom the product has to be designed), Stage 2: Define (Based on the research & understanding, define the needs of the users and the problems that need to be solved), Stage 3: Ideate (Without judging the ideas, generate lots of ideas to address the problem), Stage 4: Prototype (Keeping in mind the needs of the users, design a model that will solve their problems), Stage 5: Test (Present the solution/model to the users, receive feedback & rework to refine their solution).
Should children be taught design thinking? The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recommends that kids should be encouraged to practise ‘design thinking’ in which they can make their own design decisions and come up with solutions to real life problems.
You can engage your children in design thinking activities. Some of the ideas include design a home for the elderly, design a sanitizer dispenser for the school, design a drone to deliver medicines to remote locations.
MindBox Direct-to-home will allow your children to learn design thinking in a fun way through developing games, mobile applications, animations, and websites. It will not only make them future-ready for job opportunities, but you can expect some enhanced skills like creativity, logical thinking, problem-solving, logical reasoning, outstanding academic performance and much more.
What’s your take on teaching design thinking to kids from an early age?