'What is that? How does it work? Why is it like that?' One of the joys of young children is that they always want to know more. However, the non-stop questions can become draining!
But try to see it from their perspective - they are at a stage in their lives where so many things are new and exciting, whilst at the same time possibly a little confusing.
By encouraging an enquiring mind and suggesting answers to their questions, we can help to develop our child’s thinking skills whilst introducing them to the fascinating world around them.
How CBeebies can help
CBeebies is a great place for little people who want to know what things are, what they do and how they work. Guess With Jess is a programme all about answering enquiring questions.
Other programmes – such as Our Planet, Let’s Celebrate, Tikkabilla and Green Balloon Club – are also great for stimulating and satisfying curious young minds.
Visit the CBeebies website and find out more about these shows – there are games to play, video clips to watch, stories to listen to, make and colour activities to try out and songs to join in with. Plenty to keep your little one busy!
How to make a magic moment
It’s time to go on a 'Stop, Look, Listen, Talk' walk! Collect together a notebook, pen and a camera and go on a walk to explore your local area. It could be as simple as a wander to the local park or shops, a walk past some building work or road works, or you might be lucky enough to live near an animal centre or farm.
Along the way, take the time to stop, look and listen to what is happening around you. Take photos on your camera to remind you of what you’ve noticed together, or draw pictures in your notebook.
Chat with your child and see if they have any questions or observations about what they’ve seen and heard. When you get home, you could draw a picture of your child and add speech bubbles containing the questions they had about their walk.