“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
If you’re a parent, you know that babies are born with limitless curiosity. Just think about all of the things your little ones touch, grab, climb on, stare at, put in their mouths, etc. But for many kids, as they grow their curiosity is dulled. And by the time they reach adulthood, they’re merely going through the motions necessary to make it through each day instead of actively trying to understand and shape the world around them. Why is that?
In a nutshell, we’ve stopped placing an emphasis on the importance of curiosity. We all live in a culture that depends on TVs, computers, smartphones, books, magazines, and other people to keep us constantly occupied and entertained. Think of all the adults (and even kids!) you know who would have absolutely no idea what to do with themselves if you left them alone and took away their electronics.
Curiosity is the antidote to this plugged-in, entertainment-dependent lifestyle because it encourages and allows individuals to be intellectually self-sufficient.
Stimulating your children’s curiosity is a wonderful gift because it enables them to continually learn, grow, and question the world they live in. It also helps them to develop a healthy imagination and sense of creativity, and sets them up for a successful future.
The Molly Moccasins series, which features a bright, imaginative, and curious girl named Molly, was created to inspire young readers to find meaning, knowledge, and adventure in everyday life. As they follow Molly on her almost 70 story adventures through backyards, museums, farms, libraries, forests, and (much!) more, kids will learn to ask new questions, observe new things, and develop an increased curiosity about the world around them.
Here are seven compelling reasons why curiosity is such a valuable skill for kids to develop.
It’s a high complement to the hard skill set. In today’s hyper-competitive academic environment, parents tend to be zoom-focused on their kids’ “hard” skill sets: reading, writing, ’rithmetic, etc. What they often don’t realize is that “soft” skills like curiosity and creativity are what give academic knowledge its power and usefulness in the real world. The truth is, curiosity and creativity are some of the most valuable skills young people can have as they prepare to enter the global economy. As professionals, they’ll have to innovate on the go, think of better ways to solve old problems, create time- and money-saving solutions, and much more.
When a child is constantly asking questions and displaying curiosity about the world around her, she’s already well on her way to creating solutions. I recently attended an edu-event where this point was made in an unexpected way. A speaker broke down the process that engineers use to design and build amazing things: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Design, and Create. Most of us don’t tend to think of engineering, a very ‘technical’ job, as being dependent on curiosity and imagination—but it is! So the next time your child wants to build a rocket ship out of a box so that she can explore outer space, don’t redirect her to a more ‘educational’ activity. She’s developing a skill set that will serve her well throughout her life. Read More