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Curiosity is defined in the dictionary as ‘an eager desire to know’, and so is certainly a useful attitude to encourage in young children. Curious children actively explore the world around them. They ask questions about what they see and make predictions about why things happen in a particular way. They test out their theories, interpret the results of these investigations and share their discoveries with others. This is exactly the same scientific process that a scientist engages in when carrying out experimental work.
A wide range of skills can be developed through scientific exploration. Practitioners can encourage children to experiment with language and practice the skills of explaining, questioning, hypothesising and predicting. (Thornton and Brunton, 2007)