Some children are naturally curious and creative, taking risks in their learning. Children who are naturally curious and creative often notice and wonder about what they see around them. They will ask questions and create their own answers. These children have a disposition to be creative and curious.
Talking about and exploring the natural and everyday environment with your child will help them to develop the skills to notice, take risks and ask questions.
When children notice differences and objects around them, they are able to sort and group them by attributes. There are many different ways that an object can be sorted or grouped. You might group them by:
- size - Is it big or small?
- function - Does it fly or crawl? Does it hold water? Can I drink from it?
- number - How many legs does it have? Is there more than one? How many are there?
- colour - Does it have one colour or lots of colours?
- where it is found - Is it above the ground or below the ground? Is it inside or outside?
- texture - Is it soft and smooth or hard and spiky?
Sorting objects into smaller groups helps children to make decisions about how to interact with the objects. The grouping of the objects creates information and data. The information helps to tell us what to do and how to act.