Exploring Nature to Boost Curiosity and Enthusiasm in Children - Simple Tips and Practical Suggestions
By Andrew Loh
You can be your children's own nature-teacher! Yes, it is possible! It
does not cost you anything nor does it need you to spend lot of energy
and time. What you need is just a few hours of time in weekend and a
natural setting. Follow these simple tips and suggestions to help your
children explore nature to boost curiosity and enthusiasm.
Turn available opportunities into nature expedition
Nature exploration is a nice way to help your children how it works
and in what manner it influences humans. Turn every available
opportunity into nature exploration. If you have a garden, take children
for a small walk inside the garden. Show them different plants and
shrubs. Show them brightly colored flowers and green leaves and explain
how a plant grows from a sapling stage to plant, bud, flower and seeds.
These simple approaches will catalyze children's power to imagine and
In addition, it will also boost the power of curiosity and
enthusiasm. If it is raining outside, take children for walk in the
public park. Show them how rain drops can rejuvenate plants and trees
and explain why they need water to survive. Also, show animals and birds
that live inside the park. Also, show them how they react to water drops
falling on them. If it is raining, ask your children to look at the
clouds and their formation. Explain them how clouds form and what makes
rain happen. In other words, nature offers you several opportunities and
you need to use them.
Nature walk and trekking is always useful
Nature is a natural teacher! It can automatically
boost children to learn more. You just need to be their facilitator in
the process of learning. Find time at least in a month to go for a trek
among the nature. Nature walk is good for health and mind. As you walk
among the nature, children will become naturally curious and start
asking questions. As far as possible, answer their questions and provide
most convincing answers. If not, tell them that you will give answers
after reaching home. This time interlude will give children a precious
time to develop critical thinking and analytical power. Children might
find their own answers after some deep thinking.
Go to minute details
To develop critical thinking power,
children should examine and inspect everything in minute detail. For
example, every object is made of tiny components. A flower has many
parts while a plant has many components too. Likewise, a seed would have
its own internals while a flying bird can display its wonderful wings
and deeply colorized side and nape. Explain why natural objects have
their own body parts and in what manner they help them survive the harsh
conditions of nature.
Example: Take a rose and peel its
petals and come to the deepest possible internals and show them the
stalk. Ask them to repeat the entire process with their own fingers.
Now, ask them questions about the components of a flower. Children try
to answer your questions and but usually fail to answer all questions
asked by you. Now, answer those questions that your children could not;
as you answer, explain the entire process of pollination, formation of
buds, petals and full flowers and later its transformation into seeds.
Children love to see objects transform into different shapes, color and
A zoo walk can be a big confidence booster
Children simply love zoos where different animals and birds live in
their own ecological conditions. All children are expected to get
benefits by watching animals and birds. Animals and birds have their own
living style and format that are quite different from ours. This by
itself could be a great teaching lesson for your children.
Example: Children can easily see a deep emotional bond between an
animal and its siblings. Children would definitely learn emotional
values by watching a chimp feeding her baby. A mother bird feeding her
babies with insects will help children develop thinking skills and
emotional intelligence. Two animals fighting with each other will cajole
children to think what is that it is making them to fight with each
Sea shore and its beach are the places where maximum learning occur
Sea shore and its beaches are
perhaps the most significant places in our lives. Crystal clear skies,
deep blue waters, gentle waves crashing on to the beach, coconut fronds
swaying to the tune of wind, small animals living in the sand and birds
chirping away across the seas are the best form of nature teachers for
Examples: Ask your children to play in water
salt water just near the shore and not inside deep waters. Ask them to
wash their bodies with sea water. Let them build sand castle and allow
them to become architects and civil engineers for a day. Help them if
necessary. Show them tiny plants, animals, insects and other organisms
that live inside the sand. Ask them to calculate the number of waves
that crash on to the shore. All thee accumulated experiences act as
powerful learning tools to boost a series of skills.
Nature exploration is exciting and
thrilling. It can be quite exhaustive too. However, adults like parents
may need to be careful while initiating their children to nature
expectation to boost curiosity. Fear is dangerous to children and it can
kill their curiosity too. Allow children to escape their comfort zone
and come out to nature. Do not use negative keywords like “do not
climb”, “do not run”, “do not touch” and
“do not get dirty”. Dirt is
good for children. Spoiling oneself in nature is very good and
advantageous! Make your children get immersed in the magic of nature and
help them raise their curiosity.
Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play - 25
Projects that spark curiosity and adventure
By Sarah Olmsted
For children, potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every
moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with
adventure. Road blocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and
expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities
that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are
meant to speak to the way children engage with the world.
They're about the process of getting there. They're about the conversations
that happen while making things together. They're about getting to know the world
inch by inch. They're about exploring imaginary universes and running through real
forests. They're about living in childhood...regardless of your actual age.
They're about being a kid.