Puzzle Play/Problem Solving
Many inventors can see patterns that aren’t obvious to others. Changing or manipulating patterns is one way to generate new ideas.
Playing with games and puzzles helps hone our ability to recognize and understand categories, patterns, and associations. Being able to recognize patterns and find new ones helps us bring together what we know to find a single solution to a problem. Being able to break out of patterns and fixed mind-sets allows us to pose questions differently and approach problems from new perspectives.