Curiosity is Child's Play

posted Nov 7, 2010, 8:53 PM by Maryanne Arthur   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 8:07 AM ]
"It's never too late in life to foster curiosity, even in the midst of the most mundane tasks," says George Mason University psychologist Todd Kashdan. In fact, Kashdan thinks people can spark their curiosity by learning from the way a small child can be transfixed by a sponge or play happily with a stick for an hour. A child's sense of wonder and delight over the ordinary is instructive.
Take time to observe a small child as she makes an entire 'meal' with salt dough, or envisions an imaginary castle world for battles. Even better -- spray a handful of shaving cream on a desk and let your child explore the texture, smell, mobility and more. Give yourself a foamy glob and sense the possibilities.