Letting the mind wander likea cat down alleyways for juicy bits ofinformation starts as soon as we’reborn.
Children learn by exploring andplaying. Something fascinates them,just because it’s there. We reach outthrough the senses as we see, hear,move, smell, taste and feel. As welearn, we discover our preferences, forsweet or sour, loud or soft, and thisshapes our temperament.
Adults can help children nurturetheir curiosity by letting them safelyexplore, first through their senses andthen through physical activity, sayexperts. As children become toddlersand preschoolers, they find otherways to explore with pretend play andstorytelling.
Curiositythrills thecatThe discovery of knowledgedrives many academic, scientificand artistic pursuits
Encourage the courage to be curious
As we grow, we may seem to chaseour tails for the sake of it, but curiositydrives many academic, scientificand artistic pursuits. It can openroadways to adventure and pathwaysto innovation, in research, and in oureveryday lives.
“In research, as the word implies, we
search for answers, which bring more
questions,” says Marek Michalak, a
distinguished university professor in
the Department of Biochemistry at the
University of Alberta. “You must have
the courage of being curious without
the expectation of always having a
It’s important that students
understand—and this understanding
must often come from their parents,
teachers, coaches and mentors, he
says—that failure is okay. It can mean
Photo:CorbisPhotographyCuriosity at any age can spur exploration, creativity and innovation.