Developing Curiosity in Children - Some Simple Tips and Suggestions
By Andrew Loh
Curiosity is the most critical fuel for all-round development of
your children. The power of curiosity helps your children assists
them in clarifying innumerable problems, develop ideas and
expressions, help solve riddles and problems and later use and apply
them in their daily life. Curiosity also helps your children explore
and probe how situations and scenarios of life could be different in
their finer aspects. When your children explore the surrounding
environment in active manner, they can be the most productive people
in the world. Asking probing questions, investigating all
possibilities, and owning a sense of thrill and excitement will also
help your children become wonderful inventors and innovators.
Almost all children come equipped with a sense of curiosity.
However, they need a gentle nudge to develop it further. Curiosity
means questions after questions! It also means seeking right type of
answer for all these questions. In all, curiosity is the combination
of tough question and right answers. As questions are the most
critical keys in developing curiosity, you may need to teach your
children how the "why's and how's" of life can help them to solve
many dicey and difficult problems.
When your children learn how to question, they can easily go deep
down to seek very knowledgeable answers to the roughest questions.
Your children can also learn how to relate these questions to
develop new ideas and suggestions. Children are keen learners and
they can learn more by developing curiosity. A burning desire to
learn more will urge your children to start asking questions after
questions in their mind. A natural quest for learning new things is
always natural and it comes almost naturally to your children.
Another significant advantage of being curious is that your children
can develop their brain to initiate learning new activities and
ideas. When your children become inquisitive and probing, their body
cells start producing extra amounts of a chemical called dopamine
which so essential to induce a sense of contentment, bliss and
Here are some ideas and suggestions that may help your children
develop and nurture curiosity:
On an average, all children ask as many as 400,000 probing questions
by the time they become four years in age. How parents respond to
these questions can influence the way in which their children can
develop in their later life. The most important tip here is to get
actively involved with them to answer their questions and provide
appropriate solutions. The basic aspect of curiosity is to look at
things in your children's way, that too in the right manner.
Your children can look at things in an exciting and thrilling way.
In fact, they are too wonderstruck when they see something that is
new, exciting and fresh. The issue of WONDER is that amazing
thrilling moment that is so difficult to explain. For example, when
you children see a beautiful flower, they will invariably utter a
single and simple word – WOW. Soon after this exciting moment, your
children will soon start asking a number of probing questions like,
"why that flower is colorful" or "what makes this flower look so
colorful and fresh".
Tips: When you see that your children is expressing his or
her wonder at some things, events or objects, try and answer all the
questions with proper answers. You must provide correct answers so
that your children get an urge to develop an ability to satisfy
their curiosity later.
Being curious is all about answering tricky and dicey questions.
Knowing answers to all questions could be very difficult. Your
children are too smart and intelligent; when they ask some
questions, they actually mean them! They need right answers at the
right time. They will never stop asking questions until you answer
them in the right manner.
Tips: Make sure that you answer them in a proper manner.
If you do not know answers to their questions, do not provide false
answers. Be frank and honest to tell that you do not know the
answers. Instead, tell your children that you are also very keen to
know the answers as they are. Take your children to someone who
actually knows the answers to their questions.
Challenges and riddles can help your children develop the power of
curiosity. When your children confront tricky and challenging
situations, they tend to find answers for them with a renewed vigor.
Tips: Ensure that you pose challenging questions and
riders before providing answers to their questions. Let the
questions you ask be open-ended and quizzical. When they answer your
questions, you can ask many more questions that are open-ended.
Ensure that you answer these questions if your children fail to find
All great prodigies and inventors have been the proponents of asking
the right type of questions. These masters were patient enough to
ask the right type of questions and seek right answers; perseverance
and dedications were the hallmarks of some of the greatest
scientists and inventors. Relentless efforts and attention to minute
details made them the legends of the world.