“Do you all see this?” said Christopher Columbus, holding up an egg! “Can anyone here make this egg stand vertically?”
The noblemen who were calling Columbus’ discovery of the New world an accident, tried one after the other, but unsuccessfully.
After almost everyone had a go, Columbus gently knocked the broad side of the egg on the table, and lo and behold, the egg stood!
The noblemen were surprised. Why didn’t they think of doing that?
Columbus merely smiled at them.
It’s not about having the skill to do something. It’s about having the will, desire & commitment to be your best.
It is essential to develop your skill set to lead a more fulfilling and efficient life. Solving riddles develops multiple skills, especially your expertise in Math.
To begin with, riddles are fun! The sense of high that you feel on solving one is addictive. It pushes you to solve more and more, learning and honing your math prowess in the process. You don’t just make BFFs while sharing a passion for riddles, but also begin to do well academically.
Let’s understand how solving some common puzzles helps us. Imagine a riddle built around reading a Timetable. Even as it was being solved, we first formed a mental picture of the numbers and then created a sequence of steps in our mind, leading to the solution.
Remember the magic square riddles?
How many combinations were tried before getting it right! That’s a great example of strategic thinking and problem-solving ability.
Being a riddler prepares you for academic tests such as SATs, the 11+, and Year 7 CATs. These riddles encourage you to develop their reasoning skills, think mathematically, and improve working memory, as well as building an understanding of non-verbal concepts like space, shape, and number.
Begin riddling today. A riddle a day drives your Math blues away!