Research shows that curiosity that is especially pronounced during childhood helps the development of the learning mechanism of the brain. Too much TV, screens, battery toys or other gadgets can kick start this really important development. The consequences are a slow process of imaginative approach to problem solving and the lack of creative thinking, in which kids are really good, mostly!
Every kid is unique
We can never forget that babies, small kids and somewhat bigger kids are biologically predisposed to learn from the world that surrounds them and that for them a common dried up leaf can be fascinating!!! You should respect their way of the child’s understanding of the world and not to think too much about what to buy your kid to make it smart. Kids learn all the time, and each one of them has their unique way of doing it. Learning can be called the developing of their personal, unique plan that we can’t see! It would be much easier if all kids would have the same plan, and it is true that our education would love it as well. But, every kid is unique and different, and the fact is that every kid will research and discover the world in a different way, in their own rhythm, and that is the key to understanding healthy development and growth of your child.
To develop the learning mechanism, a little kid should be allowed (as well as older kids and adolescents), to freely move things around themselves and adapt their game to their incredible imagination. That is why cardboard boxes, rags, plastic bowls, wooden cubes, but also dolls, teddy bears, cars, trucks, even pets, are very interesting toys for kids. Things that make the brain dull are virtual worlds, toys that work in only one way, gadgets that demand constant finger control. The interaction between the kid and the natural world develops the senses and the primary connection between the kid and nature. Kids immerse themselves into sensory researching. But, we would be more happy if they would skip poo painting! That is not important not only for them to understand the difference between textures and the sense of warmth. A recently conducted research points to the strong connected between sensory and motor development and thinking. That means if the kid is always in front of the TV, there is a big chance that it won’t fulfill it’s development when it reaches adulthood. Playing in the sand is still the best for kids!
Mother Nature’s Child
Mother nature knew what she was doing when she created kids! To make them healthy, kids sometimes need to get dirty, stick something in your DVD player playing mailman, broke your new lamp, be fascinated when spilling water, milk or soda from a height, rip out your plants to examine their roots and paint their teddy bear. All of this is fascinating, important and essential for the learning process which makes our learning mechanism alive and strong. This helps, not only in learning more, but a healthy learning mechanism helps to avoid dropping into rut. That implies that an not greatly developed learning mechanism in adulthood can make us prone to depression, weak motivation and a greater chance that we will have a bad job or non loving relationship. That is why kids curiosity, if nurtured during childhood, will create the development of physical, psychological and social competence that will build confidence and the ability to fight stressful situations easier.
Real children need dirt, trees, water, real people, pets and real life experiences to make them healthy, happy and strong! Small things, like getting dirty, getting wet and making a mess in your room, is what kids need to learn complicated patterns and the shades of life. When they help you in cleaning up the mess they make, they also learn valuable life lessons. Because of that, spare yourself the martyrdom and let your kids help!
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Milan Budimkic is a creative freelance writer for industries that include but are not limited to the travel, sport, health, entertainment, internet marketing, and much more. When not blogging, Milan likes to travel and read a lot.