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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Out of The Box Thinking

Debating, discussing, weighing options to arrive at a logical solution - we adults pride in our skills. The skills are taught, learned, imbibed, we get trained in decision making. We attend workshops.

But what we forget that we human beings are gifted with decision making skills naturally. We sometimes just forget that logical thinking and jugaad comes naturally to us. After a point we stop questioning the facts handed out to us and accept things as is.
Not my kids.
There was a picture puzzle exercise in one of their activity books.
The picture was that of a striped wild cat and there were 4 spaces given for the solution.

While a striped wild cat means tiger, the 4 spaces prompted us to write Lion.

Picture the twins debating the problem.

I think it looks like a tiger
But there are only 4 boxes.
Does it mean Lion?
But it is not a Lion.
Shall we say cub?
But cub is only 3 letters, and we have four letters here.
I think answer should be Tiger
But there are only 4 boxes, and Tiger has 5 letters.
So what shall we do?
Let us write Tiger.
We will put R outside the box.


Gayatri said...

- Brilliant :)

Itchingtowrite said...

:) gayatri

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

You are right. Decision making skills can be nurtured right from the early age itself. Within reasonable boundaries of course. Loved the twins observations. Wondering why they put 'R' outside the box:)

Itchingtowrite said...

exactly swapna, as parents we need to facilitae and built the decision making skill - not restrict them. very important to keep lines of communication open.

ultimately they fitted teh E & R in one box... but the decision was to put it outside!

R's Mom said...

Wow...super...honestly I would have never ever thought of it :)