Children and Curiosity - Understanding the Equation
By Andrew Loh
All babies and toddlers are very astute learners. By birth, they are
too curious to know and learn things around them. They also show a
keen interest in trying to figure out what is happening around them.
Curiosity is the intense desire to learn and understand things and
issues around them. Curiosity is also the eagerness or urgency to
probe, explore, find out, discover or detect things that happen in
their surroundings. As your child learns to be more curious, he or
she will be learning at a quicker pace. Developing your child's
curiosity could be one of the best things that you parents can do to
their children. A child that is curious to know the big world around
him or her could be a dedicated learner in the future life.
Curiosity is an in-built or inherent phenomenon that happens
automatically in your children's mind. You need not nudge your
children to learn how to develop the trait of curiosity. It is
already there in your children but he or she may not have the right
ingredients to develop it to the maximum possible extent. What your
children need is a helping hand that provides him or her range of
opportunities for enhancing the ability to develop this positive
Curiosity comes from your children's innermost mind. It is not an
externally motivated phenomenon. External pressure does not exert a
major influence on the ability to look at things in a curious way.
When the situations are ideal, your children will develop an ability
to find and seek complex experiences that emanate from the
surroundings. Curiosity is a complex psychological factor that takes
its origins when a baby takes its birth. Toddlers and young children
develop this drive slowly over time as they emerge physically and
Just consider these aspects:
Your newborn baby can easily follow some mild sound bites,
recognize your face (though incoherently) and follow some objects
after ten or fifteen days of development.
A baby who is just 6 months old can try and out a safe rattle in
his or her mouth just to check what will happen (these are
Your young toddler will try to reach out to objects and things
that lie around him or her.
A young boy or girl aged two years will attempt to look at things
in a curious manner. You can watch them play with intense emotions!
What is curiosity? According to Wikipedia, Curiosity is an emotion
related to natural inquisitive behavior such as exploration,
investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and
many animal species.
Curiosity offers you children a number of benefits and advantages
Develop an open mindedness to look at things around them in an
Develop an open mind to enjoy and appreciate things and events
Develop excitement and thrill to know and understand what is going
on around them.
Develop an awareness about most common things, events and
happenings of the world.
Enhance learning process to become smart and intelligent.
Accumulate an array of experiences, both good and bad.
Learn new things to streamline thinking process.
Develop and enhance confidence level.
Perform better in the classroom and outside.
Creativity comes out of curiosity; when you children are curious,
they will learn to be very creative and artistic.
Curiosity makes your children active instead of passive. They can
be very active in probing and discovering about things that happen
in the open.
Curiosity also helps your children in developing the power of
When you children are curious, they can easily open new
possibilities and opportunities.
Curiosity helps your child develop a sense of doing something that
is productive and fruitful.
Psychologists believe that curiosity driven child development is
very important to streamline all areas of life. Curious children are
always eager to ask the right type of questions and seek right kind
of answers from people. Curiosity comes in a number of forms. In
essence, all of them are important for optimum personality
development. Curious children tend to be emotional, intelligent and
smart with a keen sense of participating in all aspects of life.
Curiosity is also essential to lean finer aspects of life. When your
children are very curious, he or she can develop a mind that veers
towards invention and discovery. Young children always believe that
everything is possible in this world and the wonderful attribute of
curiosity helps them in achieving all these possibilities. Continue to read
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