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Re-Thinking Puzzles: a postmodern view

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Simon Ensor tweeted us a challenge to blog about an image #blimage

And this was the image

 
My 4 year old isn’t a huge fan of puzzles. I have a post in draft about the way she goes about solving them which I think is different from e way we normally teach kids to solve them, but which I also think is useful to reflect on. I won’t post this one here coz it’s been edited for someplace else.

Instead, I want to say I resent puzzles as an educational “toy”. They have only ONE correct way of being. How boring is that?

Granted, there are multiple pathways to that correct answer. Like maths and logic problems, which I used to love growing up. But math is a representstion of reality. Sure,  3 oranges plus 2 oranges are 5 oranges, but which one is bigger, tastier, smells better, has smoother skin, has fewer blemishes? Which orange was in whose hands and how does that make it valuable?

So I prefer play-doh and Legos (ignore what you’re supposed to build and do whatever). A kid can do whatever they like with them and not go wrong…it’s more that I want to give my girl free rein to test out her creativity than be forced early on to fit into a mold – it will happen later whether she lkes it or not anyway… Why start so early?
(Not a completely well-thought-out post and not really postmodernist but i thought it sounded nice in the title – I do mean it re preferring play-doh and Legos

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