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Teaching kids problem-solving skills

Teaching your kids problem-solving skills can build their resilience and independence, whatever their age. Having the confidence to tackle unknowns and to trust in their decision making will help them to understand their world better. And like most things, when we think about these questions as a parent or carer, it usually helps us with our own journey too.

The best place to start is by working out how your own kid feels when faced with a problem. What emotions come to the surface when faced with a challenge? What is their response? By working these things out, we establish a much more solid foundation on which to build this important skill set.

Problem-solving: six steps

Experts identify the problem-solving process as six main steps:

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Stay calm
  3. Think about what to do and come up with a solution to try
  4. Try it out
  5. If that didn’t work, then go back to number 3 and try something else
  6. Don’t give up

 How can you support the six steps?

Other resources

At Banjo Robinson, we believe in play-led learning, so here are some other ways you can engage in problem-solving with your kids:


Kidpillar has some great suggestions here of books that can help to teach problem-solving including Banjo HQ favourite Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Games and toys

There are all sorts of activities that you can take part in together with your child that will also help to develop their problem-solving skills. Sign up for Banjo Robinson’s weekly printables here.

The Big Life Journal also has some excellent writing about teaching kids problem-solving skills and sell a range of products on offer which can help your child develop a growth mindset which is the cornerstone of problem-solving.

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