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Thinking Outside the Box: 9 Dots Puzzle

by meditative - February 27th, 2016.
Filed under: Insights for Mindful Intelligence, Mindfulness for Parents & Children.

9-Dot Puzzle-Patience-EdisonThis is a relatively challenging puzzle for children (sometimes their parents too) that helps them to think outside of the box- expanding the boundaries of thought & perception. While engaged in this exercise children’s thought patterns and conventional perception often limit their ability to creatively work through the puzzle outside of its 4-sided (square) boundaries.

The goal of the puzzle is to link all 9 dots using four straight (continuous) lines or fewer, without lifting the pen (pencil) and without tracing the same line more than once. *Hint: There is more than one solution starting at one of the four corners. 

If they haven’t already mastered it, let your child or children give it a try without first “Googling” for the solution …

Here is a printable version…  9-dot-puzzle.

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