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Stimulating children's curiosity

Stimulating children's curiosity


Toddlers are curious about nature - after all, everything in the world is new to them, whether it's an ant that feeds its food much larger than it does, or is a snail that crosses its path on the wet street. .
The innate curiosity of your child can cause you delays, such as not catching the bus because you stopped to look at the trees - but it can also remind you of the time when you were a child and you reacted the same way, giving more importance. to a snail on the roadside than yourself.
Here are some ways to understand your child's curiosity and to have fun while he is learning:
Turn your commissions into expeditions
A stroll that you find routine, is very interesting for your child. If it is raining, you should take this opportunity to show your child what this phenomenon means (step in the puddles, shake the branches and let the drops fall).
Look for shapes in the clouds and cook cocoa with whipped cream on top - and add potato puree in the dinner menu.
Stimulate his sense of adventure by treating small outings as adventurous trips. Get ready for an exploration - your child can take a backpack with supplies.
Let him choose a plush animal or a doll to take as a traveling companion. And don't forget to bring souvenirs.
Working parents feel guilty because they don't have time to go out or do creative projects. But with a little imagination, a parent - even a tired one - can turn dinner into a boat trip in the middle of the ocean. And that's how he needs it.
Give your child time
As you have noticed, young children like to spend time. This is because they only think about the present moment and focus only on what is in front of them.
Of course, it's not always possible to do what he wants, but when you can, let him research. If he sees a bird, let him take it in his hands, count his spots, talk to him about what he could eat, where he could live and what he would do at night.
The fascination of your child may not always be to your liking. "Look at the elephant!" You tell him, but he's focused on the penguins.
In this case, let him look - these animals are closer in size to him and his interest in the natural world will be stimulated to the same extent whether he looks at the elephant or the penguins.

Your child learns to be curious


Observe the transformations
Young children love transformations - probably because they change very quickly. It starts with those around it:
Tell him to look when the first star appears and to place a wish or to observe the moon every night for a week and to talk about how its shape changes.
But you can create the only transformations very easily. Plant a fast-growing bean seed and tell it to count the days until it comes out of the ground.
If you can show your child how an egg chick comes out you will be a hero - but if you can't, don't panic. An ice cube that melts in a warm liquid is just as exciting.
Enjoy the seasons
Help your child understand the changing seasons by focusing on what he can see, hear, touch and smell.
Sweep the leaves on the sidewalk and count how many have fallen when you leave the house in the morning.
Put a bucket out and use a bat to measure rainwater or accumulated snow. Help him listen to the first birds of spring and see the first flakes of snow.
The seasons can be observed not only by what they do, but also by what we do with them. Autumn brings Halloween, Christmas in winter; Spring Easter and summer vacation.
Maybe your child is not big enough to remember what you did last year, but children love traditions and many experts believe that memory starts early.
Reading books and singing songs will help you learn about and celebrate the seasonal traditions you observe, whether it's Christmas or Easter.
And seasonal food will make you curious because you will experience new smells, textures and tastes.
Give him a miniature world
Children love the little things: buttons, beads, pebbles. Who knows why - maybe it's a result of life in a world where you can't see what's on the table.
Too small, of course, is dangerous - anything less than 4-6 cm (or the size of your child's mouth) presents a danger of drowning.
But, as long as there is no such danger, counting and sorting large wooden beads or large plastic buttons can fascinate your child.
You may have also noticed that your little one loves small, welcoming spaces that give them a sense of intimacy and ownership.
You could throw a large sheet over the table and create a tent to play with.
Children like things that fit their size and can be easily manipulated; and these things can lead to various culinary experiments or construction projects.
It starts from the things he is fascinated with
Dinosaurs, fairies, horses ... Nobody knows exactly why children make an obsession for them, but it happens frequently - and they are perfect opportunities to learn.
There are many books you can read and from which you can learn more about your favorite character.
And if you do not find a special book for children you do not have to worry; any book with large and colorful images is good.
Turn questions into expeditions
The children ask countless questions that parents cannot answer, from why the blue sky is to why the steam comes out of the pot when the contents are boiling.
If he puts you in the wrong, don't worry; tell him you will find out together. Make a list of his questions and let him see when you write them.
Then take the list with you to the bookstore. Of course, you can find the answers you need on the Internet.
Alina Sica
Editor