One of the most important life skills children struggle to learn is problem-solving -- the process of identifying a problem, coming up with a solution, and executing it to achieve a desired result. It is a skill that we all use as part of our everyday lives, yet one that most of us struggle with on a daily basis.
Encouraging the use of creative activities and games that challenge your children's problem-solving skills at an early age will help encourage them to become independent thinkers and problem solvers -- skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
For very young children, simple games such as building blocks that require identifying different shapes is a great way to start building problem solving skills. As children age, more challenging games are required to build their problem solving abilities and their confidence in taking on greater challenges. One new game that has caught the attention of educators and parents alike is the new Perplexus 3D game maze by Plasmart Inc.
Perplexus is a 3-dimensional maze game where players maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a large-sized transparent sphere. Unlike traditional flat-surface mazes that are composed of one path, Perplexus challenges player's problem-solving abilities with numerous paths to choose from and hundreds of barriers to overcome. Players can race each other or the clock.
In addition to being an entertaining game, Perplexus is a great tool for cognitive development, encouraging children to exercise their problem-solving, motor and dexterity skills, as well as improving their hand-eye coordination.
Perplexus is just as challenging for adults as it is for children and is for people aged 4-104, and will help keep parents problem solving skills sharp as well.