This Christmas logic word puzzle activity is a way for kids to use logical thinking and pattern matching paired with spatial recognition and spelling.
Logic puzzles are a great activity to strengthen logical reasoning skills, boolean, and comparison skills while working with a series of selection statements.
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Computational Thinking Concepts
Computational thinking is a new way of problem-solving that involves thinking about a problem in a way that can be solved by using computing tools like logic, decomposition, abstractions, algorithms, patterns, data collection and analysis, and simulation or modeling.
Computational thinking can be used to solve problems in almost all areas of our lives and helps kids develop some pretty great life skills that can apply to a variety of situations.
A computational thinker approaches problems by:
- Experimenting and playing to solve a problem that might have more than one possible solution
- Working together with others to reach a common goal
- Persevering when faced with a difficult problem
- Finding and fixing errors in complex problems
- Designing and making solutions for open-ended problems
- Understanding their own strengths and weaknesses
Logical reasoning is the ability to analyze and make predictions about things or explaining why something is the way that it is.
Logic puzzles are a great way to use to emphasize the concept of logical reasoning by explaining why a word cannot fit in a certain space.
Due to the number of letters in each word, kids can speak to why each word goes in each space, which helps them to solve the puzzle.
How to Solve Your Christmas Logic Word Puzzle
The best way to begin is to use look for a word length that only has one word. Why? If there is only one word of any length left, it’s the only possible answer for the space.
Once you know some letters in the grid, then you can count how many letters long the space is and compare it to the words remaining using the letters filled in from the previous word.
Go slowly and think through your puzzle. Use a pencil! Some of the clues will not be helpful right away. Keep working through the list of words and go back.
Computer programmers treat a space as a character. Remember to use the space on words like “candy cane”, which is 10 characters, not 9.
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