Benefits of exploring science & nature






Exploring science and nature can be so much fun for preschool children and comes with many benefits.



Exploring science and nature can be so much fun for preschool children and comes with many benefits.

Children are natural explorers. Set some basic boundaries, and let the child discover. The learning will come. Children use all of their senses to explore.


They look and listen to observe what is happening around them, touch what they can reach, smell the fresh scents of nature, and occasionally taste when given permission. They run, jump, dig, and climb as they discover new places.


Toddlers are great mimics. So when their curiosity sends them out to explore, they use all their available senses and their catalogue of observations to try to figure out the world. Curiosity grows from the safe and familiar. A secure child with a familiar teacher on a field trip to the zoo will be excited. She will explore and ask dozens of questions. In contrast, a shy or timid child, will quietly tolerate the field trip and feel mostly discomfort. Let children explore, and see what they do on their own without offering suggestions. Do they run? Build? Climb? Even an activity as simple as digging leads to exploration.


Children learn how to dig, the way soil feels, the angle of the slope before loose dirt slides back down, and the difference between dry and wet soil. Curiosity prepares the brain for learning. This makes sense as people enjoy reading and learning about subject matter that interests us, but as it turns out, curiosity also helps us learn information we don’t consider important or interesting at all.


When children become curious, the brain becomes a fast moving, information gathering tool that encourages learning. Guide children to draw conclusions from the observations they’ve made. Try asking questions or describing what you see, feel, hear, and smell. The best learning occurs when children come to conclusions for themselves.