If early man hadn’t been curious about the stone that created sparks and hadn’t decided to explore the uses of fire, there wouldn’t be any rockets to Mars today. Children are naturally curious. We need to encourage them to explore so that they can discover and achieve their full potential.
Even infants love games like peek-a-boo. Toddlers love discovering toys you hide and then let them find them. An early start will make your child more aware and curious.
Don’t say ‘don’t’ all the time
Continuous instructions like don’t do that, don’t go there; can make your child afraid to explore. Instead teach them to be careful and show them things yourself.
Never ignore questions
Give them clear and age appropriate answers. If you are busy, then tell them so and answer them later. Satisfy their curiosity.
Create a special play area
Create a place with lots of different toys, safe scissors, materials, glue, colours, pictures, even kitchen utensils. Let them explore and do what they want to do with them.
Share the joy of discovery
Take them with you to the zoo, market, planetarium and museum. Go for nature walks together.
This article appeared in Hindustan Times