Pose Challenges

A clay ball begins rolling down a slide. Hey, this is easy!

But here come obstacles and unexpected challenges. To keep on track toward its goal, the ball must adapt, grow and transform itself. Sound familiar?

Challenges, problems and surprises fuel development. They force kids to take their thinking and physical abilities to the next level.

Stretching themselves, trying new things and overcoming bumps in the road — this is how kids develop resilience, confidence, creativity and critical thinking. Sounds like a plan!

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Ask questions that create plot twists

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What would happen if…”
Everyone had wings?
The lights went out?
A rhino showed up?

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Say “I wonder…” a lot

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“I wonder why…”
“I wonder what would happen if…”
“I wonder how…”

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Give kids time to work through challenges on their own

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“What have you tried so far?”
“Why do you think that happened?”
“What are you going to try next?”

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When needed, guide without taking over

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“I wonder what would happen if you.. (insert helpful tip here).”

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