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How To Encourage Curiosity In Children

How To Encourage Curiosity In Children

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How To Encourage Curiosity In Children

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Changing the routine

It is important for kids to have a daily routine but occasionally, small changes in their daily habits can stimulate their brains to think in different ways, which will provoke curiosity.

It can be something as simple as changing the bar of soap they normally use, for foam soap and letting them discover the new texture, play with it and determine which they prefer.

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You could leave a good morning note under their pillow, organize a treasure hunt for a snack, or invite someone they like for lunch and don’t tell them until the loved person arrives.

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A day off school

If you can take a day off work and let your child skip school, they will remember it his entire life.

You can spend some enjoyable time together: take them to the local bookstore and eat their favorite ice cream. But you will need to make it clear that it is an exceptional day.

Just be sure to know they aren’t missing out on anything that day at school.

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Experiencing the process of making a cake – from the ingredients to the final result – can be quite amazing for a child.

And, doing it themselves, will awaken all their senses: hearing how to do it, seeing the transformation and colors, touching unusual textures, smelling the cake while it is baking and finally tasting it!

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Open-ended stories

Reading a tale before bedtime is a good habit to get kids to sleep. However, always reading the same stories can get monotonous.

  • To make it more fun, you can tell them stories with open ends so they can use their imagination to finish the story.
  • Other ways to help them develop their creativity with tales is by asking them to come up with a new title and encouraging them to start the story or continue with it.

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Kids are continuously asking questions and sometimes they can be quite tough to answer. To be able to give them a constructive response it is necessary to understand why are they asking that question.

For instance, when they ask you ‘why do you have to go to work?’ they don’t want to hear a list of reasons. They have a desire to spend more time with you.

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Curiosity can lead to more curiosity

  • When your child asks you something like ‘why does it rain?’, you can explain to them the cycle of rain and at the end of your rationalization, you may mention the forms of water without explaining it in detail.
  • If they are interested, it may call their curiosity to ask you more about that subject. This is because if we know nothing about a subject, we cannot be curious about it but as soon as we know a little bit about something, our curiosity is picked up.

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By asking questions to your kids, you will pick their brains and make them think about different possible solutions to a problem or matter.

Some questions ideas are:

  • “Do you think you are a good friend?”
  • “Where is your favorite place in the world?”
  • “If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would you invent?”
  • “If you had superpowers, what would they be?”
  • “If you had your own country, what would it be called?”

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Discover new cultures

Discovering new cultures is a great way to nurture curiosity. And local food is an excellent way to find out more about a new culture, its flavors, manners, and tradition.

Take your kids for a lovely meal in an authentic Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese or Spanish restaurant, whatever you think they will enjoy more.

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If this is an option, take your kids to a foreign country to experience new cultures, see diverse places and meet new people.

One of the main reasons why we travel is to satisfy our curiosity and traveling makes us more curious. So getting your kids into this stimulating circle at an early age, will help them get pleasure from visiting new places during their whole lives.

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Encourage your children to study music

Do you know how music affects your brain? People who study music actually tend to use both sides of their brains.

This makes them better at lateral thinking, which means being able to solve problems through a creative approach.

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As a parent, it can sometimes be tough to let your kids do what they want. They can often want to do the most inconvenient things. But as long as their latest idea isn’t dangerous, it is better to let them explore the world in their own way.

At a certain age, toddlers develop the desire to do things by themselves, and it is recommended to let them try. Saying things like “that’s not how you should do it” can negatively affect their curiosity. You may better let them make mistakes and learn from them.

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