3 Examples of what lateral thinking is all about ?

  1. A four year old child falls out of 5 story building and onto the garden hedge on the ground. The child still survives with minor wounds. How is it possible?
  2. A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, ”I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son!” How can this be?
  3. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, lumper, gloves and balaclava. He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him with its light off but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?

How, that you have read these questions, discuss it with your child and see what they come up with?

Here are the answers:

  1. In this case the child is unhurt and is perfectly OK with minor bruises. Obviously, if the child falls from a higher floor, the chances of survival are very slim. So, the child must have fallen from the ground floor window which was just three feet higher from the garden hedge outside.
  2. The child’s mother is a doctor
  3. It was day time

Lateral thinking is one of the best tools available for a child to enhance and boost thinking on a higher creative level. With this thinking mode, children would not only sharpen their mind but also enhance their academic achievement.


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