Promote solution-focused thinking with this interactive game your students are sure to love. As students work together to assemble jigsaw puzzles, they will learn five problem-solving strategies: Reframe It; Do Something Different; Picture the Solution; Stop and Think; and Try Kindness. These strategies focus on the student's perspective and emphasize his or her strengths and abilities, rather than deficits. These strategies teach students to picture a solution so that they can achieve it. How to play: On each turn, a spinner determines which of these strategies players must use to solve thought-provoking problems posed on game cards. A good solution earns a puzzle piece that's added to the work in progress.
Example Question: Every day at recess you and your friends get into an argument with another group of kids about who was at the basketball court first. You think it's your turn to play, but they insist that it's their turn.
Example Response: I typically argue with the other kids, and we sometimes even get into a fight. A different way to respond would be to ask if they want to play with us. Or, I can suggest that one group play for a designated amount of time and then take turns.
This activity not only teaches problem solving but also fosters teamwork and communication. The game format encourages fluid interchange of thoughts, feelings, and concerns, while the communal task of assembling a puzzle promotes trust and cooperation.
Includes 4 puzzles (36 pieces per puzzle), 1 spinner, 120 cards.