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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


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 trait.

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 mentally.

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 involuntary actions).

  • 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 like:

  • Develop an open mindedness to look at things around them in an unbiased manner.

  • Develop an open mind to enjoy and appreciate things and events around them.

  • 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 observation.

  • 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 Developing Curiosity in Children - Some Simple Tips and Suggestions


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