3 Ways to nurture a child’s curiosity
A child can only ask so many questions when he or she is not in an environment that stimulates curiosity. To nurture your child’s curiosity, consider the following practices:
1. Encourage exploration
Bring your child to places where they can safely witness and experience things on their own: a farm, park, museum, zoo, etc. You can also go camping, fishing, or traveling. The more they see, the more they’ll get curious.
Once a child finds something he or she’s interested in, support them as long as it’s safe. Avoid stifling their curiosity because the activity is messy or complicated.
2. Give them materials that engage the senses
Materials that engage the senses are a great way to nurture a child’s curiosity.
For instance, instead of giving them battery-operated toys, why not provide them toys that they can build from or manipulate (pull a lever, push a button, etc.)?
Even ordinary objects can excite their senses: the sprinkler that gives water to the plants, a bicycle and how they need to pedal to make it move, or the rubber ducky that floats.