# Problem Solving Activities

### STEM activities:

• Can you build the highest arch with blocks?
• Can you make houses for the 3 little pigs? Which one would blow down?
• You have 20 straws and 20 pieces of play-doh…what structure can you build using all the resources?
• Any maker-space activity!

### Great problems:

• Do we have enough snacks for everyone?
• How can we share these 5 cookies with two friends?
• Do we have enough ingredients to make cupcakes for everyone?
• How many seeds can we plant in this garden if they have to be 2 inches away from  each other.
• I’m thinking of a number that describes…(ants on a log, kids in the playground etc) what could it be? Why?
• Create a picture (or use manipulatives) that shows 3 and 2 of something.
• How are the numbers 3 and 13 alike? How are they different? Show me.
• Use a pan balance, put blocks on it to show me two amounts that are the same / more / less.
• How many different ways could we share 7 dolls between two people? Would it be fair? (Use dolls of different sizes)
• Daddy’s getting a new 7 seater mini-van! How many friends could we bring for a ride?

### Manipulatives that develop problem-solving:

• Puzzles
• Mazes
• Pattern block challenges
• Tangram activities

Pirate Panda Activity (nrich)

The Doorbell Rang Activity (nrich)

Illuminations’ Pre-k to 2 Problems

The eagle and the bear (NCTM)

How many berries? (NCTM)

How many coke combo’s? (Kaplinsky)

### Other Resources:

#### Books:

Good Questions by Marion Small

What’s your Problem? By P. Skinner (1990)

#### Websites:

http://nrich.maths.org/early-years