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I Cannot Do Puzzles Anymore

While cleaning my study last weekend, I found a block puzzle that I used to spend hours playing when I was a kid (see picture above). In an attempt to recapture some of the childhood nostalgia, I decided to play with the said puzzle.

After unscrambling the puzzle blocks eagerly, I began by picking a piece to be the starting point. With my spirits soaring with confidence and determination, I continued placing all the other pieces randomly. I did not really have a strategy at all but I thought that it should be easy enough. When that failed, I tried a new technique of visualising how they might fit before putting them together. After a few minutes, it became quite obvious that I was not going to solve the puzzle.

I tried again and again with different combinations but still could not form the perfect square. Finally, I had to assemble the puzzle based on the example given just so that it could be kept in its case and for me to call it a day. This made me wonder if kids are able to solve puzzles better than adults? I could easily solve the puzzle with multiple combinations when I was a kid but I could barely even do one now.

Here are a few reasons on why I think that children might be more adept to solving puzzles than adults. At least, me as a child compared to the current me.

1. Children are more creative and imaginative than adults – I am an only child so I grew up playing alone most of the time. I used to imagine all these puzzle pieces as individuals in a family and how they had to work together to form a square. Sometimes I even made them talk to each other as we tried to solve the puzzle. I don’t know how that helped but it used to work every time! Yes, I was a weird kid and no, I did not do this in my latest attempt.

2. Children are more patient and concentrate better – I had only spent about twenty minutes trying to solve the puzzle last weekend before giving up. I figured that it would be better if I actually did something productive rather than play with a puzzle designed for kids. Ultimately, that might have been the reason for my failure to complete the task at hand. For the record, I did not end up doing anything productive after that. Instead, I spent time watching Instagram Stories. Oh well.

3. Children are less likely to overthink things – Towards the end, I was getting frustrated as I kept on thinking about the next move to complete the puzzle and honestly I spent too much time thinking about all the possible combinations. But then again, my first “strategy” of just throwing everything together also did not work, so who knows what is going to work?

I do not know if these are actual reasons on why children might be able to solve puzzles better than adults so feel free to let me know what you think. For now, let’s just say that I will not be attempting to solve another IQ puzzle. 


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  1. I also have trouble with spatial games. From your story;
    “I spent time watching Instagram Stories. Oh well.”
    I think we have changed the neuro connections and ability to focus with our internet use.,
    That is why I still read paper books. It actually feels very different then digital reading.
    Children have “neuro plsticity” which probably helps?
    They also seem better equipped to learn languages more easily.,

    1. Oh yeah, I notice that it’s easier for children to learn languages as well, I don’t know some of the terms that you use in your comment. Thanks for teaching me. As for real books, hah! Yeah, I’m reading one that I found in my study haha.