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Lateral Thinking puzzles

by Jonathan Fisher

A man lives on the tenth floor of a building. Every day he takes the elevator to go down to the ground floor to go to work or to go shopping. When he returns he takes the elevator to the seventh floor and walks up the stairs to reach his apartment on the tenth floor. He hates walking so why does he do it?

Lateral thinking puzzles are great fun and are also a terrific way to increase children’s logical and critical thinking skills.

It would be great to have a bank of lateral thinking puzzles suitable for primary school students at different developmental stages. Perhaps the pack could also include some suggested ‘yes/no’ questions that students could ask the puzzle-teller to get them started when solving them.

PS if you don’t know the solution to the classic puzzle at the start of this request, you can read it (and others) by browsing this page:

Year 4 / Literacy

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