Increasing Wonder

Things that can BOOST a child’s sense of Wonder

Ample time to explore nature hands on.

NOT having a particular plan or agenda when playing outside.

Adults acting as “co-discoverers” who encourage the child’s inquisitiveness.

Open ended “toys” found in nature; sticks, rocks, leaves, nuts, water, mud.

A slow lifestyle that allows the child to become bored.

Things that can DIMINISH a child’s sense of Wonder

Not having enough opportunity to play.

Excessive screen time

Adults constantly dictating the child’s play time in an attempt to educate.

Having too many manufactured toys that do not stimulate creativity.

A hectic lifestyle, packed with structured activities and instant gratification.