Monday, February 15, 2010

personality / interest / exploration

2 year old explorer.

How does a 2-year-old toddler spend his time? He will run, will bounce, will talk and since he is full of energy, he also will touch, will move, will explore. What is he interested in?

For a 2-year-old child, their exploration interest is primarily in the relationship between the object and the object, especially their causal relationships. A one-year-old child just like to use your fingers to explore caves, holes, while a two-year-old children would like to know things related with these caves, holes, such as the relation between a wall plug seat and the plug of a TV set, a TV's remote control panel and what shown on the TV screen. A one-year-old in general will hold a pen and doodle on paper, while a 2-year-old will attempt to consciously draw on the wall, bed sheets, and all kinds of surface. He wanted to see the different effects on the different things with his pen. Given electric or mechanical toys, a two-year-old will like to play for a while, then start to press here, squeeze there, shake and even punch it. He starts being curious about why the car can run, and why the cub can drum. In fact, the consciousness of operation is a major feature for kids of this age. Parents don¡¯t need to buy 2-year-olds expensive toys, because they will soon destroy them to satisfy their exploration. Assembling toys are the best choice for them to fulfill their exploring desires.

In addition, a 2-year-old child will like to the chair and climb up the table or windowsill to enjoy the excitement of looking down from above. They are also interested in scissors, knifes and other household items, so parents need to remember store all dangerous items safely and away from the little explorers. Therefore, parents should create a safe, colorful environment for children to play, do not be overprotective, inhibiting the child¡¯s attempts of exploring and studying the outside world. Protect your children reasonably, give them freedom but in a safe environment. All these will encourage your children being independence, and build up self-confidence.