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.
With enough creativity, you can turn a lot of things into simple science experiments.
3. Invest in interactions
Finally, don’t forget to nurture a child’s curiosity with social interactions.
Allowing them to talk to children and adults, within and outside of the family, will help improve their communication skills. In the process, they’ll also learn things and perhaps even develop lifelong friendships.
Curiosity is crucial for a child’s growth and development. To nurture a child’s curiosity, parents must make it a point not to brush their questions aside. They can also join their kids in mini explorations, provide them materials that engage the senses, and allow them to interact with people.
The bottom line is, you are your child’s doorway to the world. Through you, they can develop a deep love for learning.
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