New rules

Flexible Thinking is the ability to adapt to a new situation. It requires the ability to “unlearn” old ways of doing things and plays a key role in all types of learning.

One of the ways to introduce flexible thinking to your kid is to change some rules. Kids with flexible thinking can have trouble seeing that there’s more than one way to do things.
Practice seeing alternatives by helping your kid make up new rules for games. Have players slide down ladders and walk up slides in Chutes and Ladders. Find another path to get back home, run the bases in reverse order while playing kickball…

Once your kid gets comfortable with switches like this, try combining the rules of two games to make a new game.

Playing to change the rules on small things will help your kid become more flexible when something unexpected arise.


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