Thanksgiving Point venues and events are meant to nurture curiosity for kids, sparking their love for learning. Our educators are trained specifically to give kids the chance to learn through curiosity. Discover practical tips for parents to support and enhance their kids’ explorative spirit.

1. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Engage your child in meaningful conversations by asking open-ended questions that encourage critical thinking and curiosity. Instead of asking yes or no questions, ask questions like, “What do you think will happen if…?” or “Why do you think this works that way?”

2. Follow Their lead

Pay attention to your child’s interests and passions. Support and encourage them to pursue activities and hobbies that spark their curiosity, whether it’s dinosaurs, space, art, or cooking. Supporting these interests will help your child become confident in their learning.

3. Foster a growth mindset

Teach your child that making mistakes is a natural part of learning and growing. Failure is never the end – it’s always the beginning! Encourage them to embrace challenges and view setbacks as opportunities to learn and improve.

4. Explore together

Take your child on adventures to museums, science centers, parks, and other places that offer opportunities for exploration and discovery. This will give them first-hand knowledge of some of the concepts they learn in school and at home – connecting the dots and encouraging more learning!

5. encourage hands-on learning

Provide opportunities for hands-on learning experiences such as science experiments, cooking projects, gardening, or building activities. These activities engage the senses and promote curiosity and creativity.

6. encourage curiosity in everyday activities

Find ways to infuse curiosity into everyday activities, such as grocery shopping, taking walks, or doing chores. Encourage your child to ask questions, explore new ideas, and make connections.

By implementing these strategies, you can create a nurturing environment that supports and encourages your child’s curiosity, helping them develop a lifelong love for learning and exploration.