The importance of Curiosity

Are you curious to know the benefits of being inquisitive?

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A ginger and white cat looking upwards, to represent curiosity and it's importance for children

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Curiosity didn't actually kill the cat.

Did you grow up with this saying?

Curiosity killed the cat, information made him fat

This was a very common response given to children growing up in 1970's and 1980's Ireland, if they asked questions - Who? Why? What? Where? When?

It was meant to teach children to stop asking questions, or they would die or get fat like a cat! Well....that is how children interpret old sayings isn't it? They take things as literal.

As I wrote above, the cat never actually died for asking questions and for being curious - that was a lie. In fact we now know that curiosity helps us learn, grow, and discover. It’s a natural human desire to explore and learn new things.

The benefits of Curiosity

Curiosity is the key to learning and understanding our world, and children are natural born detectives.

Child detective representing curiosity by Life Connections Ireland

Curiosity helps children observe, to think about things and to try to find answers.

A curious child who is responded to by the adults, will have a larger range of vocabulary.

alphabet pieces made from wood representing curiosity by Life Connections Ireland

Curiosity is really connected to empathy and kindness in people.

Hand reaching to shadow representing empathy and curiosity by Life Connections Ireland

Curiosity encourages critical thinking, an important skill in the 21st century.

lightbulb in bubble representing critical thinking and  curiosity by Life Connections Ireland

Curiosity encourages an active mind, from childhood to adulthood.

Rubix cube representing active mind and curiosity by Life Connections Ireland

Curiosity in childhood, encourages life-long learning.

Curiosity levels in a person, according to studies, can relate to a person's levels of happiness

Three children hugging and laughing representing happiness and  curiosity by Life Connections Ireland

So let's encourage curiosity in our children whether we are parents, guardians or educators.

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Jenny Fahy

18/6/2021

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