Problem Solving Fun: The great thing about learning to solve word problems is that you can find items to practice with almost anywhere! For example, the kitchen is a great place to practice this skill. Take a food items, such as grapes. You can create a verbal problem for your child and have them use the grapes a manipulatives to help solve the problem. For example, you may say, “I have 9 grapes, but Dad eats 2. How many do I have left?” You child would then need to count out nine grapes, take away two, and show you seven grapes. At this point, you can also discuss if the problem requires addition or subtraction. Eventually you can add a written component to this activity and have them create the addition or subtraction sentence that corresponds to the word problem.