The world is a place filled with wonder and possibility. It is a place with all kinds of amazing, weird, quirky, natural and sometimes crazy things just waiting to be discovered. If children learn how to discover new things when they're young, they grow up in a world with possibility and hope. They grow up seeing the world as an adventurous place just waiting to be explored. The best way to teach children to discover new things is to expose them to as many new experiences as possible, to make as many books and other resource material available to them, show a genuine interest in what they care about and share with them your interests.
1. Expose them to as many new experiences as possible. Check your local community calendar for plays, library story times, events at local museums, ice and roller skating events, charity fundraisers, hikes and biking groups. The idea is to expose your child to as many opportunities as possible. Your child may discover a passion for something they hadn't considered before. Try activities in a variety of areas from nature to technology and theatrical to scientific. By exposing children to as many new experiences as possible allows them to explore a wide range of opportunities. It will develop in them a unique curiosity in the world around them. It teaches them an important skill too--to be open to discovering new things.
2. Make as many books and other resource material available to children as possible. Sometimes kids simply haven't been exposed to new ideas, activities and opportunities, so it is hard for them to know what is even out there for them to discover. By taking kids to the library, subscribing to various magazines and keeping books and other reference and resource material on hand kids can open their imagination and develop a natural interest and ability in discovering new things. It's also a good idea to have writing and drawing material on hand so that kids can have a place to collect thoughts and images of their own.
3. Show a genuine interest in what children care about. If you praise and acknowledge the interests of a child, you teach them that their opinions are valuable and worth the attention of other's. It allows them to be proud of the world in which they live. By showing a genuine interest in what children care about, you show them that discovering new things is worthwhile and fun.
4. Share your interests with children. By sharing your interests with children it allows them to see the world through someone else's eyes. It encourages them to consider the world as you see it, which may inspire them to discover new things. It also allows them to understand that everyone has the ability to discover new things and that it is a natural way to experience the world.
5. Above all be positive and open with children about the world around them. Show an ability to be interested in new things yourself and the children around you will adopt a similar attitude.