There is a Pandora of things to see smell and hear out there! It is now your turn to channel your child’s immaculate observational skill in the right direction. Get them all set and ready to get on the roller coaster of a ride called the adventure of life. Don’t worry your children are not going to be the only ones having a jolly time!
Follow these steps and observe you children get better with their observation skills.
- Sense the senses
Talk to your children about how they have senses and hone each one of them can be used to experience the world around them. Educate them on how the eyes are used to look at the sun rise every day, the tongue helps them taste their cereal and OJ. Those little growths on the sides of their face helps them hear the birds chirp and their nose helps them smell the fresh flowers as well the smelly skunk! Not to forget mention their sense of touch which allows them to feel the textures of various things around them.
- What is observation?
When you use the senses you have to gather information about your surroundings, it is called observation. Make things a little interesting for them by telling them that scientists observe with their senses. It instils in them a feeling of doing something important. Your children can understand how things work when they start using their senses to see, touch, smell, feel and hear.
- Prep Time
In order to bake that super delicious double chocolate cake, you have to all the ingredients ready and the oven needs to pre heated. Similarly, you have to prepare yourself when you want to observe something. Clearing your mind of unwanted distractions will help you focus better on the object that you want to observe. Let your child know that the process of observing gets better when you are either
- Note ‘em Down
Sometimes writing things down registers better for children. Go stationery shopping with them and get them to pick a book and pen of their choice. This encourages them to take notes of what they observe and makes them more enthusiastic about these mini sessions.
- The Story Teller
Make it a fun activity by asking your child to either pen down or narrate a story about what they observed. Encourage them to give their own twist to the stories, for instance, they can narrate it from the eyes of their pet dog or a little birdie that flew past your garden and around the neighbourhood.
It is time to let your child’s imagination run free coupled with their superpower called observation.