Wonder is the beginning of wisdom, wrote Socrates.
A magnifying glass can transform a sprinkling of sand on the palm of your hand into the Sahara desert; the bark of a tree into a maze of canyons; the bubbles in your bath into a rainbow planet.
We are all born with this magic ability to see, feel and sense wonder.
From day one, our babies view the world with eyes of innocence and awe, active curiosity is just a part of their brilliant everyday.
As they grow the magic continues to grow with them if we allow them the space and time to live it, touch it and feel it.
Growing up for some children means the magic can sometimes get lost; as their days become busier and more complicated they may feel the need for more control of what’s going on around them.
They stop looking at the world with eyes of amazement wanting instead to put things in their place, trying to give a sense of order to it all, to try and understand why things happen rather than rejoicing in them happening just as they are.
Time for wonder should be actively encouraged; it elicits questions and fuels curiosity it ignites the cognitive juices connecting our emotions to the power of our minds. It fires the creative spirit.
Having time to stop and wonder enriches and beautifies life.
What you can do to promote wonder:
- Make the time for wonder – fan the spark!
- Encourage your children to experiment, taste, feel, hear, see, explore, and get gripped by things that are interesting and safe.
- Try making the boring come alive by personally taking pleasure in the daily routine of the mundane chores and routines.
- Take a walk down a country lane to reignite the sense of wonder as to the beauty of our world. You can be left wondering at the miracle of the sheer beauty of a spider’s web, the silvery path of the snail, endless delights are to be found if you open your eyes and look, really look around you.
- Listen to classical music with your child with blindfolds on and afterwards share stories of what you have seen through your minds eye.
- Visit museums to see awe-inspiring pieces of art and sculpture.
- Try to create flexibility in your routine so you can postpone or delay planned activities from time to time so your child’s creative ideas can lead the way.