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The challenge is for educators and parents is to provide children with opportunities to practice their problem solving skills; using the knowledge they possess.
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I have watched my children progress in this area through the years. From shape sorting blocks, to wooden bricks to Duplo, Lego and games by THINK FUN and  GAMEWRIGHT.

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Formally, we worked through Singapore Maths  Primary books. The scaffolding in the curriculum and problem solving type of questions exposed them to an array of perspectives in approaching a given problem.

I was delighted to find the following riddle to solve in
http://ed.ted.com/lessons/can-you-solve-the-locker-riddle-lisa-winer#review

I think the creativity in the presentation of the problem to solve is engaging. The solution to the problem involves applying fundamental Mathematical principles. It gives a sense a greater purpose to learning these principles rather than knowing it as it might be asked in an exam.

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