Fostering the Child’s Interest: lawn equipment
Finding the source of inspiration for the “What do I want to be when I grow up?” question, isn’t always easy. But there are great ways to explore interest, even in the very young.
When my son was two, three, and four years old, he had a fascination with lawn equipment. We would spend long sessions online exploring John Deere and hardware websites, looking at mowers, tractors and anything that resembled a chainsaw, weed-cutter or leaf blower. Trips to the hardware store always included extra time to check out the lawn mowers. Visiting grandma’s house, in Iowa, usually required a visit to the “tractor store”. My husband even fashioned a leaf blower out of a shoe box, plastic tubing and a giftwrap tube. He looped his arms through those pull tie straps and pretended he was on-the-job.
It allowed us to create conversations about workers who use those tools. It was the first way he learned about the concept of a job. He could relate to the work being done.
That was a phase and he moved on several times through different interest. But feeding the inquisitive mind does not have to be expensive or difficult. Please share your ideas of how to support your child’s curiosity.