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Using books and stories to help children think of their own solutions to problems helps them develop problem-solving skills. Researchers have found that having ideas for tackling problems helps children in learning new tasks and handeling social situations.

Read aloud any book that revolves around a problem-solving situation, such as Bear's New Friend. Introduce the book by setting up the problem: "In this book, the bear and other animals are trying to see how to get an animal to come out of his hole. Let's see what happens." On the page where the animal reveals that he is shy, you can ask, "What are some things you might do to have a shy animal come out of his hole?" Or if you prefer, you can come back to that page and ask the question after finishing the book.

img language thinking icon img communication knowledge iconimg emotional maturity iconThis tip helps support cognitive development, communication knowledge, and emotional maturity.

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