Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Game, Lesson, Lesson Plan
Level:
Preschool
Tags:
  • Imaginary Play
  • Lifelong-learning
  • Premedia - Me
  • Problem-solving Strategy
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Text/HTML

    Creativity - Problem Solving

    Creativity - Problem Solving

    Overview

    Sabotage a play area and seek input from your child(ren) to help problem-solve a solution. Remove a preferred play item and ask them what they could replace it with. Ask them to tell you what they are planning to build and predict what the outcome will be.

     

    Summary

    Sabotage a play area and seek input from your child(ren) to help problem-solve a solution.  Remove a preferred play item and ask them what they could replace it with. For example, you can remove wood blocks from an area and replace them with box bricks. Talk about the difference in colors, shapes, and sizes and ask how they can create new structures with the new materials.  Ask them to tell you what they are planning to build and predict what the outcome will be.

    Materials

    • Different materials to switch out 
    • Consider using paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls, boxes, paper bags, etc.  Items that can be used to represent different things (you can cut portions of a toilet paper roll and cut a slit in the tube to be used as bandages or bracelets, etc.) 

    Background for Teachers/Parents

    Remember the key is planning the use of new materials and allowing children to problem solve any challenges children may encounter with the materials (What would happen if we both wanted to use the yellow paper bag at the same time?) 

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    • Children will ask and answer questions to seek additional information.
    • Children will predict at least one problem that could occur while using the material and offer a solution to that predicted problem. 

    Time Frame & Group Size

    Time Frame: 2-5 minutes for the discussion. Playing with the materials will require additional time. 

    Group Size: Individual or small group

    Standards

    Main Standards: 

    • LLP 3 & 4 yr.3.2
    • LLP 3 & 4 yr.3.1

    Author(s)

    Jamie Robinson