Soon I'll write a review of V.'s iPad apps, because she has enough to actually do that. But what about real-world puzzle solving? How do you build those skills?
My father and I used to play this game. I waited years to have a kid that I could play this game with, and although she is young, my time has come.
The Lego Treat Trap.
My father would build Lego boxes and hide a treat somewhere inside. As I got older they became more difficult to deconstruct to get to the treat.
Since my daughter was just barely 15 months old when I did this (I know, I'm a slacker at posting) I made it a one-chamber box with a door. I let her watch me build it, too. (I'm so kind.)
The door was smaller than the treat, though. (Not the one on the ground. That was from a previous build.)
Usually when things don't fit together or have the outcome she expected, V. starts to yell. But this time, she tried her way for 3 minutes, sat there and steamed for a minute, and then took another approach. One of the coolest things is to watch the wheels in a kid's head turn. It is one reason why I love teaching so much.
She took off the top and retrieved her cookie. She also took the entire box apart to make sure I didn't hide anything else in there. (I think her Papa tipped her off on how this game works. She knows my future plans.)