Curiosity is among main characteristics of child’s personality, and, as such, it should be greatly supported in order to complete its proper cognitive development. Although first signs of curiosity start to appear at very early age, you should know that it’s always beneficial to create additional opportunities that trigger your child’s interests and inquisitiveness.
While you have complicated job to perform when trying to encourage your child’s curiosity, there are useful suggestions to help you with that:
Support expansion of kid’s interests
As your child gradually develops its ability to observe things and occurrences, you’ll notice that it slowly sticks to particular areas that catch its attention the most. It means that it independently creates the spectra of various interests, and apart from letting your kid to enjoy that, it’s also important to introduce him or her with something new. You shouldn’t force your child to accept interest it doesn’t like or to give priority to certain themes, but just encourage it to take an interest in various areas. If child is greatly excited about particular animal, story or everyday topic, give him a chance to learn more about it by taking him to the zoo, providing interesting books, or you can even bring him to the museum.
Stimulate with toys
Toys play extraordinary part in shaping the way of child’s thinking, observing and curiosity boosting, meaning that if you include appropriate toys for every stage of its childhood, you’re actually providing great stimulation for its mind. Depending on child’s current age, you can include various toys, from those based on different colors, shapes and sounds, to simple games that challenge child to think and discover solutions. Since curiosity reaches its highest level when new things and moments appear, it’s recommendable to provide your kid with new toys, books and sounds periodically. One of the great options is to introduce your child with nifty educational toys, such as puzzles, board games or picture books, since it’s an excellent way for increasing curiosity and reasoning. Whenever it’s possible, provide different playing environment, new games or books.
Allow child to explore the surroundings
Although, it may not always be appropriate to let your child wander for hours through the garden or park, try to provide him with those special moments whenever you can. Kids like to investigate around, and they often discover plenty of new findings on their way, whether it is a cat in the yard or a fragrant flower. Therefore, use every opportunity to bring your child out, give him some extra time to explore and prepare yourself for answering questions and explaining how the things work. Visit to botanical garden, nearby meadow, or casual evening walks are ideal chances for the child to meet surrounding world and become more curious about it.
Challenge child to explain things
When talking with your child, it doesn’t necessarily have to be “he asks-you answer” conversation, but you can switch the roles and inspire your child to describe particular scene, experience or object. You can start a topic and then challenge your child to explain some parts, or, for example, speak with him about his drawing, sand castle or clay figure.
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