The Magic Of Unbounded Thinking

Problem-solving with 5 year olds. When left to their own devices, children come up with solutions that adults rarely think of.

Jaweria Sethi
Mar 7, 2017 · 2 min read

The problem was; how to make the scarf wrap around her waist like a skirt and stay put.

Tape had to be the answer.

So they got right to it.

So how about glue?

However, multiple tries remained unsuccessful. Tape was apparently not the answer.

Glue had to be it!

….maybe if the glue was on her clothes, it would stick better?

But alas, they were on the brink of giving up, and I was on the verge of saying ‘’tie a knot’’!- Momina Piracha

But a little push in the right direction with…”how can you tie it’’? The *light bulb* lit up. She came up with a brilliant idea.

Ahhh…use my sweater to hold it in place! Bingo!

PROBLEM SOLVED! Too bad they spent all of work time figuring this out, and by the time they were done, it was time to clean up.

But I would have never come up with this idea.- Momina Piracha


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