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Let Kids Explore Freely

Three colorful objects pick their own path through an odd contraption. One takes a simple route, another heads down a tube with curves galore and the third sets off on a course full of obstacles.

In the end, each traveler reaches its destination. The moral of the story: The “right way” is your own way.

Kids love to explore their world through play. A parent’s job is simple: Give children the time, space and freedom to do so.

When kids play, they naturally learn, grow and develop. How awesome is that?

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Urge children to consider (and follow) their own interests

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“What do you want to explore first?”
“What do you want to do next?”
“What do you think is possible?”

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Give kids a chance to tackle new activities by themselves (resist the urge to demonstrate the “right way”)

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“What do you think this thing this does?”
“I wonder what will happen when you…”
“What is your plan?”

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Ask kids to reflect on an experience or activity

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“How do you feel about it?”
“What do you like about this?”
“Tell me more”
“What do you mean?”

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