In fact, they claim that the curiosity not only benefits a child’s intellect, but also benefits their psychological, emotional, social, and even physical health.
Curiosity and that cat
While curiosity killed the cat, it seems to have the opposite effect on our grandkids.
Exploring their environment gives children good survival skills. Even things like walking on uneven rocks or learning how difficult it is to balance on top of a basketball are important actions a curious child may try and learn a lot from.
They may topple over, but they have learned a valuable lesson in a whole range of fields of science (and, perhaps first aide treatment too!)
A curious child learns that rocks which have been lying in the sun are very hot.
They learn that the cat doesn’t enjoy having her tail pulled.
Curiosity helps children learn about their own abilities
Do you know how strong you are? Can you lift a car tire or carry three house bricks, for example?
A curious child soon learns their own physical limitations. A really curious child pushes those limits or tries different ways to do things.
Exploring the world and beyond
Just like adventurers of old, our grandchild look across the horizon or up into the skies and wonder.
They may see an environment issue and be curious enough to invent a solution.
In many ways we all benefit from each other’s curiosity.
It is important as grandparents that we give our grandchildren space to exercise their curiosity and gain valuable skills that will stay with them for life.