The world is a very big place. Even as an adult, there are tons you don’t know about it yet! And when you become a parent, and need to raise your child to be happy, healthy, and well rounded, you’ve got to encourage their sense of curiosity! It’ll help your child grow up to love learning, as well as be happy to go to school for 6 or more hours per day. So with all that in mind, let’s go through some ideas about encouraging their curiosity from an early age.
Engage with All Their Questions
Kids love to be curious about things, but a lot of children are made to feel that their questions are not interesting enough to be answered. This can damage the way they interact with the world, and make them far less curious about what they see and what they can do.
But you don’t want your own kid to feel the same way! So, if your child asks a question, answer it! Open up the discussion, no matter how random or weird, and go through as many thoughts as your child can come up with.
Buy Fun Books for Bedtime
Reading your child a bedtime story is probably a big part of the nighttime routine. Because of that, this is a good place to really pique their imagination. You can buy a book filled with fun facts about oceans or animals that roam the African Plains and talk about them together.
If you’re worried this will wake them up again, just be sure to pick your books right! Then go over the pictures slowly, make sure there’s a good story to settle them, and you’ll be able to keep it quiet yet entertaining.
Regularly Use a ‘Crafting Table’
Crafting cards, cutting and sticking, sewing or knitting, as well as making your own clothes and costumes, are great ways for kids to explore their imagination and the world that inspires it. As such, it would be lovely to set up a dedicated space for it in your home.
The kids can use it whenever they want, and they won’t make much mess either – this is their table for it! Make rules about what can and can’t be done without mommy or daddy present, but otherwise let them have fun with whatever materials you can provide.
Keep Decorating Their Room
As your child grows, let their room grow too! To do that, let the decor move as much as they do, and let pictures of their current interests or what they love fly on and off the walls. This will help them to feel out their own space as well as stay engaged with their curiosity. If they can see it all around them, they’ll be inclined to find out more, as well as talk about it as much as they want!
If you want your kids to always be curious, make sure you encourage it at home from an early age!
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