Learning Flexibility

For children growing up in today’s interconnected, fast-moving world, it's important to be able to embrace change. Flexibility is the thinking skill that focuses on a child’s ability to adapt to new situations, improvise, and shift strategies to meet different types of challenges. So, it's a good idea for parents to help their children understand the applications of this skill by using some simple, fun activities for developing kids’ flexibility skills.

Flexibility is an important skill for academics, particularly when learning complex material in which making mistakes and trial-and-error learning may be the best way to achieve mastery. But, flexibility is not only an important skill for academic success. From dealing with disappointments to shifting expectations, and managing unexpected changes in events and routines, Flexibility skills are vital to a healthy social and family life, as well.

Teaching students to shift and adopt new strategies and approaches can be challenging. One of the best ways to teach flexibility is by playing chances games! (game of chance is a game whose outcome is random). These games will reinforce the lesson of taking turns and being a gracious winner or loser.

Your students will be having so much fun they won’t even realize that you are teaching them executive function strategies.