How to Raise an Inquisitive Child
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How to Raise an Inquisitive Child

Children are naturally inquisitive, as they’re fresh in the world and learning to explore the world they live in. They’re going to be more motivated to learn, develop their knowledge and use what they’ve discovered in their future studies, educating friends and parents, among others. It’s the biggest building block children will use to begin talking, listening and problem solving in real life situations.

A part of piquing a child’s interest is through their parents encouraging them to be curious and excited about the world around them. Parents can help children along in a variety of ways that will allow them to understand how the world works, what they can develop interests in and more.

This private girls school has provided us with some key ways we can help our children with their inquisitiveness throughout their childhood.

Ask questions, or encourage questions

You can make it your place to ask your child different questions when the need arises across the day. You can use a chalkboard, if you wanted, and add a different question each day to the board for children to think about throughout the day and see if they can find an answer to it.

Keep an eye on your child’s school curriculum for ideas of questions you can ask – there are a host of questions you can pose that relate to your child’s studies that will help them both with their progression and understanding. For example – if your child’s learning about science and space, it’s a perfect opportunity to ask your child about the sun, the moon and the solar system.

If you build an environment where questions are encouraged, you’ll find that your child is being curious in their own way without direct intuition. This can be done by giving your child free reign (within your own limits!), making time for fun activities and trying new things with your child each week.

Make time for educational activities

There are a host of activities you can do with your child that will get them feeling creative and curious. Baking is a popular one among kids. They’re learning how to cook something at the right temperature, understanding the importance of binding ingredients and developing their skills in holding different tools like whisks and mixing spoons. There’s also the added bonus of licking the bowl afterwards (if safe to do so).

Arts and crafts is another way of promoting creativity in your child and letting them develop their fine and gross motor skills. If you let them make whatever springs to mind you can see how your child can work in the environment you’ve given them. The more chances they can do this the better their curiosity develops.

Reading is also essential to a child’s overall development, not just for sparking creativity and inquisitiveness. Reading fictional stories with your child can teach them about a whole world they can make in their minds. There’s plenty of ways they can use the stories they’ve been reading about in school, through their arts and crafts process and in daily life. It’s a great way to build their communication and critical thinking skills as well.

So long as an environment is built for your child to develop their creativity, you’re building their own ways of sparking curiosity. Inquisitive children tend to feel more confident, have improved self-esteem and are overall happier kids. This ultimately comes from the world their parents have built for them, and for children to become more independent and understand responsibility comes a space where children are curious, creative and inquisitive. Use these tips to build a home that your child loves to develop their skills and watch them grow.

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  1. These are great tips and ideas! I volunteer with Girl Guides and I always try to encourage the girls to ask questions, to problem solve all while having fun. But for sure it depends on the parents and the curriculum.

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