Questions toddlers ask: why and how to encourage

On average, a toddler asks close to 300 questions a day. Compare it to an adult who asks about 20 questions a day. Why is it that we have lost the ability to think and ask? Is it because we know everything, or that we do not care to know? Thinking about was was what prompted me to choose this particular theme on child-led learning for this year’s Blogchatter challenge.

Why should toddlers ask questions? How can we encourage this valuable skill?

What are the questions toddlers ask?

At about 12-15 months, once basic cognition and communication sets in, the frequency of “What if this?” increases. This is a simple vocabulary building exercise. This is followed by who, where and when. And at about 30-36 months, the wonderful world of why begins. This is wonderful because unlike the previous stage, these are open ended questions, and higher level reasoning is required.… Click to read the rest “Questions toddlers ask: why and how to encourage”

Poop: Lessons in biology, zoology and social grace

Baby V can have deep conversations on outer space, types of fossils and countries of the world, but her favourite topic that brings out her passion is poop! There, I said it! I’ve no idea where this fascination started but she loves talking about fart noises, bums and poop. In fact, when she goes and asks random people in the park if they want to do it, I send a silent thankyou to God that her Tamil word for poop isn’t easily understandable.

Poop: That gross but glorious thing that toddlers can learn from and about.

I was warned by a few people that her fascination with poop is not socially acceptable and I would need to discipline her. But hey, why should I discipline a 2 year old for being wonderfully curious about something, no? I figured that she was just getting aware of her own bodily functions and considering we don’t talk about the toilet as much as say, animals or food or books, she was just satisfying her curiosity.… Click to read the rest “Poop: Lessons in biology, zoology and social grace”

Opos cooking- involving toddlers in the kitchen

Toddler cooking

Growing up, the first meal I cooked was when I was about 12 years old. As I started adulting, I’ve realised cooking is a major life-skill. I promised myself that I wouldn’t ever say no if V wanted to help out in the kitchen as a child.
I could never cook when she was asleep, and I remember the early days when I would wear her in my sling and continue my chores. At about 9 months she gravitated towards the kitchen on her own. I think the shiny, steel vessels or different vegetables drew her.

At about 9 months she wanted “work” and set about sorting the onions from the garlic. By one year she was comfortably peeling the skin off onions and mashing potatoes, gleefully.
With Opos cooking, cooking together has just become very natural.

Why cooking?

There are many wonderful things a toddler learns while cooking.… Click to read the rest “Opos cooking- involving toddlers in the kitchen”