One of the great things about kids learning to code is that they also learn problem-solving skills. These skills are ones they can carry with them their entire lives. But they don’t have to wait to code to work on those problem-solving skills. There are plenty of problem-solving activities kids can do at home to work on those skills.
The great thing about doing problem-solving activities at home is that whatever they learn at home, they can use in their coding classes and vice versa.
Here are 5 problem-solving activities your kids can do at home.
Problem Solving Activities Kids Can Do at Home
1. Marble Maze
How do you get a marble from one point to another? Let kids solve the problem and use their creativity at the same time with this marble maze.
This type of activity allows kids to work on their spatial learning skills as well as their problem-solving skills. Have your child take a piece of paper, a pencil, and some marbles. Draw a maze on a piece of paper.
Place the marbles at the start of the maze. The goal is to have your child get the marbles from start to finish by tilting the paper. By using gravity, your child should be able to guide the marbles through the maze.
2. Egg Drop Challenge
Here’s another one to try with the kids. The egg drop challenge requires them to think critically about the materials that will prevent their egg from breaking when it’s dropped from a height.
Take some eggs, bubble wrap, cotton balls, straws, and anything else you think your kids may need to prevent the egg from breaking when dropped. This shouldn’t be a messy activity if your kids solve the problem!
Puzzles are an easy way for kids to try their problem-solving skills. They have to find the right pieces that fit in order to get the puzzle completed. This can be done on so many levels because there are puzzles with different numbers of pieces. Start with a puzzle with a smaller amount of pieces and have your kids work their way up as they get better at solving the puzzles.
4. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to engage kids and allow them to work on their problem-solving skills. Hide items around the house and write clues for them to find what you’re hiding. Kids will love trying to find these items and will feel proud of themselves when they do.
5. Fort Building
When kids build forts, they have to figure out how to get them to stay together. Grab some pillows and blankets from around the house to get started. If you want to turn it up a notch, you can buy a fort-building kit and let them figure out how to build a fort that way. There are so many different ways you can go about building a fort. Whatever materials they use, they’ll have fun once the fort is built!
Working on Problem-Solving Skills at MakerKids
At MakerKids, we help kids work on their problem-solving skills through our classes. Our coding, robotics, and Minecraft classes challenge kids to use their imaginations to solve problems and learn new ideas.
We offer classes for kids in grades 3-8. There are also mini-maker classes available for younger kids. Call us today at 1-888-MAKERKIDS or reach out to us online to learn more about our classes and how you can schedule a FREE trial class for your child.