Let’s say we conduct an experiment. We place a painting made up of numerous colours in an empty room. In this room, enters one adult and one toddler. Chances are the adult will look at the painting and look away within one minute, not finding anything interesting in it. On the other hand, the toddler will stare at the colours, approach the painting, feel it, touch it and tap at it even!
Toddlers have the most curious minds amongst all the species on this planet. As this is the age when they are discovering and experiencing things for the first time, they are agile, interested in everything that’s going on around them and splendidly receptive. In terms of curiosity and the need to learn, every child is born equal. And it falls on the adults to ensure that this curiosity is promoted, pushed and adequately quenched. While curiosity can’t be taught, it definitely can be nurtured! And here are some ways in which that can be done:
1) Generating Interest in the World Around.
“Why is the sky blue?” “Why is the grass green?” These are mundane questions asked by kids that demand innovative answers. Don’t brush aside their queries, instead fuel them and push them to ask more.
2) Engage your Kid:
Involve the kids in activities that capture their attention and imagination. If your kid loves music, play it more often or play instruments together. If your kid loves plants and gardening, get the shovel and start gardening together.
3) Answer Questions Simply and Clearly:
Simple answers will get their mind to think and ask more questions! And in case, you don’t know the answer to their questions, let them know it is okay to not have all the answers. This provides an opportunity for the kids to find answers themselves.
4) Ask Questions:
Ask questions to your kid that would not result in answers like “yes” or “no”. Ask them open-ended questions like “What happened in school today?” or “How was so and so event’s experience?” and so on. This will encourage your child with his/her thought process and develop his/her ideas and give you an idea into the workings of your child’s mind.
Try to understand what are your child’s interests and work towards nurturing these interests. For example, if your kid loves gardening, involve him/her in it by making him/her water the plants, and also explain to him/her the scientific/logical reason behind it. Read to them about gardening and satiate their curiosity about it.
At the Learning Curve, we conduct activities such as outdoor games, role-playing etc, that play a crucial role in nurturing a child’s curiosity. These activities develop in a child the capability of self-understanding, self learning and assists them in assessing themselves/their thoughts/their behaviors in specific situations.