Encouraging the use of creative activities and games that challenge your children to think outside the box and build their 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.
Giving your child simple games such as building blocks that require identifying different shapes is a great way to start building problem solving skills. For older children, more challenging games may be 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. This is a 3-dimensional maze game where players manoeuvre 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 players' 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, it's a valuable tool for cognitive development, encouraging children to exercise their problem-solving, motor and dexterity skills,as well as improving their hand-eye coordination. Experts say the game is just as challenging for adults as it is for children and will especially keep parent solving skills sharp as well.