Children want and need to know everything about their environment. They yearn to observe insects, care for plants, learn about the stars, and experience weather! Observing, exploring, and, ultimately, understanding the world gives children a strong foundation in the scientific method--and a deep love for nature that will stay with them throughout their lives.
It's easy to encourage your child's natural tendency to explore! First, observe together. Next, talk about it. Plants and animals offer textures to compare. Seasonal weather sends scents to sniff. Hands-on experience with light and water raise all sorts of questions! When the children start asking, give them books and activities that will help them find their answers.