Problem Solving Practice: What is a Problem and How Big is My Problem?
Problem-solving is an important skill for children to develop in order to make strides towards independence. TMV’s “What is a Problem and How Big is My Problem?” activity helps children determine both if something is a problem, and if a problem they encounter is something they can solve by themselves or if they need additional levels of help.
How to Prepare and Use?
- Print and cut out the prompt cards on page 6 and help your client or child sort them in the “Problem/Not a Problem” t-chart found on page 4.
- After sorting these cards, work together to determine if each problem is an Elephant-sized (big), Monkey-sized (medium), or Mouse-sized (small) problem. Explain that Elephant-sized problems require help from a community member, Monkey-sized problems require help from a parent, and Mouse-sized problems can be solved by the child themself.
- For the determined Mouse-sized problems, go over the strategies on page 3 with your client or child to choose which ones work best.