If there is one thing that a geek can appreciate, its a puzzle to solve. Whether it is a crossword, Sudoku, Rubik cube, or something a bit more complex, we just love to exercise our minds for no real reason outside of enjoyment.
This love of problem solving starts young, with simple puzzles.
One of the simplest puzzles that a child can start with is homemade popsicle stick puzzles. To make these all you need is popsicle sticks, tape, and something to color with (markers, crayons, paint, etc..)
Lay out your popsicle sticks in a row and tape them together on one side.
Flip them over and color the other side with an image. I choose to make our puzzles into flags from around the world, these will make a fun addition to our continent boxes later on.
Remember to take your cues from your child when offering them puzzles to solve, the age recommendation on the box is not always accurate. LittleMan was solving puzzles meant for “6+” by himself when he was 2.5 whereas SunnyGirl is 2 and still requires help to complete simple 8-piece wooden puzzle. Every child is different and needs to be supported to develop these skills in their own time and in their own way. Some frustration is a good thing but too much frustration will discourage them from even trying, so try to strike a balance.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.