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Problem Solving from Your Child's Point of View: How 3-4 Year Olds Look for Solutions to Everyday Problems}

Reasoning and Problem Solving

Problem Solving from Your Child's Point of View: How 3-4 Year Olds Look for Solutions to Everyday Problems

With three years behind him, your child has gained, in his view, great experience in the world. With all of this "knowledge and expertise" he will begin to solve the problems he runs into on his own, particularly with your encouragement. For example, don't be surprised if you find him trying to get a toy out from under a shelf or pull a toy wagon that's gotten stuck against a rock. You'll most likely find him approach his problems from a single point of view, working with the first solution that pops into his head. But because his first attempts will likely not be the best solution, he may become frustrated with his fruitless efforts. When this happens, try to remain supportive, listen to your child's ideas, and encourage him to continue his efforts without solving the problem for him. Offer up clues or partial solutions so that he can still get to the solution on his own. And don't worry, as he matures and gets more real world experience, your child will be more capable of thinking of several possible solutions to his problems, working out which one may have the best result.

Has your child achieved the following Reasoning and Problem Solving developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.