(Goblin is 4 years old)
I recently read that children learn 95% of things through direct experience. Now the quote wasn't sourced so I don't know if its true, but I liked it anyway. It appealed to me because I like hands on learning. It's one of the reasons we like taking Goblin to visit things. One of our most successful trips recently was to the London Aquarium.
Warning: The London Aquarium is EXPENSIVE!
Goblin and I have watched episodes of David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet. In one episode a whale dies and some sharks eat the carcass. In the giant tank at the aquarium there is a giant whale skeleton (I'm not sure if its real or a model). Goblin saw the skeleton and turned to me saying "when we get home can we watch that programme where the sharks eat the whale again?", I was so excited that he'd made the connection.
"Where is its mouth?"
"How is it moving?"
"Can it see?"
"Where are its eyes?"
"Does it have ears?"
A lot of the other children around were older school kids and none of them were taking advantage of this opportunity to find out more about what they were seeing. It made me wonder whether they would have asked when they were younger but somehow lost their curiosity, or whether it was never there to begin with? Maybe they were embarrassed to ask in front of their class mates.
Since our first trip there last month Goblin has asked to return several times. I'm thinking we may need some kind of season ticket so it doesn't bankrupt me.