Parents or early childhood educators are there to guide them, model, answer their questions, and most importantly, observe what and how children are learning. Curated play-learning environments help children express their creativity and curiosity by making use of the available materials to overcome a learning curve they may have in a traditional setup. It can benefit someone who has a problem drawing and can create the object more easily in clay form or someone who gets the freedom to manipulate objects and build something that has been in their imagination.
3 Activities to Cultivate Children’s Curiosities
It’s enchanting and gripping for a child’s wild imagination while also being structured to help guide a young mind in the search for the solution. Detective stories have a way of tuning a child’s mind to always be alert for any clues that may pop up. The story also helps them develop different hypotheses for possible explanations or solutions while the story is developing. Examining clues helps children identify and classify which clues best support their hypotheses and the situation. And what’s great about it is that children are allowed to explore imaginative solutions and explanations while also being bound by the story’s framework.
And as they navigate through the story, finding clues and slowly form and reform their guesses, the problem always gets solved, the bad is punished and everything is well again.
On the other side of a good detective story where parameters are set, clues (both leading and misleading) are dropped along the way, and there’s a definite solution to the story, unstructured playtime gives children a boundless free time to seek, discover and explore at their own pace. Whether it be seeking every nook and cranny within the house, redesigning a spot or reimagining it, or creating an observation spot to watch the birds and the bees, letting children create their own play can lead to learning something new that may have never come up in a strict curriculum.
The more exposed a child is to different surroundings, places, and experiences, the more inputs and insights they can gather to form an understanding of the world around them. At an age where everything is a new discovery for a child, the learnings and memories gained from early life leaves a lifelong imprint on their mind. These experiences provide them with so much new information that can help them build a better understanding of the world and unlock interests they may never have known had they followed their usual routine. While everything may seem exciting, there will definitely be something that’ll capture their curiosity more than the others and that’s a great opportunity for parents, educators and caregivers to inspire children to become lifelong learners.