We conclude the module on curiosity with a word cloud generated from using all the text from this section. If you are interested in creating your own “wordles” see www.wordle.net

The way the word cloud works is that the words that are most often repeated in this module appear larger. What does this tell you about the module on curiosity? Think about what you have read, heard and viewed.


Below you will see the slide show at the beginning of this module.  Identify why early learning teachers concentrate on supporting and developing outdoor environments that trigger children’s curiosity in your program.  How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

Share your thoughts with your peers in the comments box below. 

Slide Show – Lesson I – Key Words-ver3


  1. Angela George

    To create curiosity triggers you first need to know your children and the things that they are interested in. Then you can begin to develop the environment to inspire curiosity and support children’s exploration with a variety of activities that help them to build on their skills and interests. Don’t forget to change up the items so that children are exposed to many different materials. Using open-ended questions to learn more about their interests so we can add pieces to extend the play.

  2. Barb Keller

    I would start by observing the children and see what they are interested in and what is gathering their attention. Take objects to enhance or invite play to have the children become curious about the stuff. Look at all children and see why some are not interested and maybe ask questions.

  3. Christine Norman

    To create curiosity triggers in the early learning environment I would observe how the children are learning and exploring and what they are interested in. I would then create an inviting play area where children have access to many different loose materials and parts. I would also continue their interest and learning by asking open ended questions, listening to their ideas and paying attention to what materials they may need to further their play.

  4. Jo White

    To create curiosity triggers in our environment to support children’s exploration, we add many ever changing loose parts, letting them explore for a couple of days or more depending on curiosity , we spend a lot of time outdoors, early learning teachers act as guides and interact without taking over the scenario. Putting our heads together discussing what we see and hear,
    letting our children and their curiosity guide us on what we add next, or where we may need to go to find it.

  5. Michelle Davis

    I will build on the children’s sense of curiosity by observing and listening to the children during their play. I will ask open ended questions and include loose parts that with help them use their imagination.

  6. Rachael Ewan

    Identify why early learning teachers concentrate on supporting and developing outdoor environments that trigger children’s curiosity in your program. How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?
    We see that it is important to engage the children’s curiosity at a deeper level. We bring in different materials to trigger this exploration. We join in with the children in exploring their sense of wonderment.

  7. Daphne Hachey

    curiosity is the first step to impactful learning that sticks and feels meaningful to the child.

  8. lisa.rodney

    How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration? Continuously observing, discussing, reflecting and planning are important to ensure you are always providing a space and materials that are provoking curiosity in children. Children will get bored in stale environments that provide the same offerings day after day. Create environments where there is wonder – in a natural space, adding plantings that will bloom throughout the year, add bird feeders to attract nature, add sound through the addition of chimes for different sensory input, create spaces where children can be together in smaller friendship groups, create spaces for dramatic play, ensure you are creating spaces that all feel welcome and can see evidence of their own culture.

  9. Krista Ambrose

    Early learning teachers know that children learn through play so teachers need to make the outdoor play area full of wonder and excitement. The children then can explore and be curious of all the items that are placed around and how they can create with them. Today, just adding different size balls to play with outdoor made the time so much more exciting.

  10. Lindsey Cooper

    we don’t plan for outdoor play, it happens naturally where we follow the children’s lead. One child wanted to know about water flowing in the sandbox so an educator helped build a ‘river’ with the child and went to get jugs of water to test it. A child wanted to play hide and seek with an educator and soon the whole class joined in.

  11. Jody Anderson

    How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

    Early learning teachers concentrate on supporting and developing outdoor envrionments that trigger curiostity becasue it is critical in helping children to learn about the world around them in a way that is meaningful to them and will be remembered. It is important to spark curiostiy to create a sense of wonderment to find out about all of those little gems in our world. If we are only viewing the outdoor envrionment as a physical outlet we would be missing so much more of the learning process for children.

    I will watch the childrens play over the next week and start to provide material that will enhance and spark interest in the children in their outdoor play spaces. I will document my observations and paln intententions then implement them.

  12. Jasmine Park

    Figuring out children’s curiosity and supporting it will be important to meet children’s need.

  13. Rachelle Gregoire

    I believe teachers want to give students a environment that they will learn and have fun. I want to bring in items that might not be accessible to everyone, or normally off limits to kids. And let them really get to see and touch them.

  14. Katarina Ninkovic

    Making sure your environment is open ended and welcoming that is going to foster this desire in children to be curious

  15. Anna Mary McKenney

    to promote curiosity allow children space to make mistakes, get messy, and even hurt themselves (within reason) this allows children to learn

  16. Heather Brekkaas

    Continue to encourage children’s curiousity and let them know it is ok to get dirty while they explore. In school they don’t often get that chance because teachers don’t want dirt brought into the classrooms, which i understand, but it also isn’t the end of the world. Let them jump in the puddle.

  17. Bonnie Willson

    I believe that to proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration, we also need to continue to be curious. When planning activities, ask what if., about everything. Be there with the children, and ask what if when you are together. See things through their eyes, and explore with them.

  18. Karin Freiberg

    I think outdoor play is often overlooked and not intentionally planned for in the same way that educators do for indoor play. I will encourage educators to focus more on play experiences for outdoor play.

  19. Shannon Stewart

    When responding to these posts I often flip backend forth from a preschool operator to an Early Learning Coach. As a coach, I would encourage educators to consider how they can use their environment differently. Many educators use their outdoor time as a time of transition or to fill the time. I would encourage the educators to think about the things that make them curious and have them add it to the environment. This parallel of practice may help educators to see their role in enhancing outdoor play.

  20. Jessica Garner

    As an early learning coach, I would like to share some of the details from this module with educators. Sometimes I worry that planning for outdoor environments is simply to keep children busy and moving. If educators understand the value, signs, and levels of curiosity they might be better motivated and able to create an outdoor environment that supports children’s exploration.

  21. Grace Smith

    Continue to support children’s curiosity and continue to provide more materials in outdoor spaces to enhance learning.

  22. Angel Huang

    Below you will see the slide show at the beginning of this module. Identify why early learning teachers concentrate on supporting and developing outdoor environments that trigger children’s curiosity in your program. How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

    We support children’s learning process; therefore, it is important to recognise children’s curiosities. I’m glad after this lesson, I can see how I can help with trigger their sense of curiosity; to give them more freedom to explore. Also putting out more loose parts (materials) for them to try out and spike a creativity.

  23. Maria Agustin

    Watching the slide, the children are curious to explore, learn and experiment new things in the outdoor environment. We will add more items and different materials everyday in their outdoor play to make the children curious about different things and learn more on what they see and observed.

  24. Dana Wilson

    How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

    I am much more prepared to to support a child’s sense of curiosity after this unit. I feel like we naturally create curiosity triggers in our environment and support curiosity but now I am more prepared because of my understanding of curiosity and strategies to increase and support it. I can ask open ended questions, provide new materials that invoke curiosity and allow the children to freely explore and follow their leads.

  25. Amanda Funk

    Educators can support children by being there with them. Curiosity, Creativity and Cognition are not sperate parts but a process. As an educator, being there to support a child while they are going through the process is an opportunity for both the child and adult to learn.

  26. Mikaela Reyes

    Children’s curiosity are triggered if adult’s continuously have the desire for learning and growing. These adults have the capacity to embrace opportunities and openness for messy explorations and risky play. As ECEs, we are able to enhance our environments that offers open-ended materials. This also includes our exciting demeanor towards discovery and exploration.

  27. Heather Diewert

    I think that in today’s environment of screen time, fear and time limits that it’s more important for early learning teacher’s to have a rich Outdoor Program. Children aren’t getting the outdoor time of generations before, so when we can assist children to learn outdoors we should take it. In order to learn children need to be curious or their interest will wain.
    Adding loose parts, tools, etc and documenting what works and what works, or needs improving, as well as continuing to learn, take courses, read books and applying these ideas, we can begin the process of setting up a rich environment that can light children’s curiosity and imaginations.

  28. Cindy Spencer

    We support curiosity triggers by offering a variety of tools each day, not always using the same tools, loose parts, expanding on their curiosity, asking questions, engaging in their play, listening to their theories and being consistent with the tools being offered, not just using them one day and putting them away.

  29. Amanda Christison

    How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

    Continuing to be mindful as an educator and remember my goals for the outdoor environment that I want for myself and the children. Taking the time to notice, name and nurture what the children are engaged in and what that is telling me as an educator and where I can create and support that responsive environment. Always ensuring to reflect on my own as well as with my teammates with what’s going on with the children and how they are utilizing their outdoor space and materials. Switching things up and regularly rotating toys and loose parts so that the children stay engaged and use them with intention. Being an active participator and asking open ended questions that are thought provoking – being on the child’s level and learning alongside with them.

  30. Ruth Novak

    We support the children and their imagination. I want them to explore their curiosity! I want to be able to encourage them to try something new. Changing up where we play and what we play with. Bringing out more loose parts! As I keep learning, I will keep trying to encourage their curiosity. I will ask open ended questions that help them discover. I love learning alongside the children.

  31. Jennifer Yarmish

    I will continue to observe and record the children’s interests as well as working to think ‘outside the box’ (or playground as the case may be) to find areas that will spark curiosity and imagination. I’ll be looking at what is readily available in our playground that is natural as opposed to man made. I think it will be important for us as a staff to also observe children’s individual personalities as one child’s learning style might be very different from another’s and therefore their curiosity may need to be stimulated in a different way.

  32. Lucie Pendergraff

    Explore new and different environments. Watch and listen first to find out what they are doing and seeing. Create new opportunities and paths to discovery with different materials and activities that invite further exploration and discovery.

  33. Betty-Ann Ryz

    As an early learning teacher I plan to intentionally carve out time in the program to spend more time outside. Curiosity triggers, perhaps a scavenger hunt and just free time to explore.

  34. Kathy Barnhart

    Identify why early learning teachers concentrate on supporting and developing outdoor environments that trigger children’s curiosity in your program. How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

    As a coach/mentor, I will encourage more reflecting and documenting so that educators can realize for themselves the importance and excitement that outdoor play beings to their programs.

  35. Nicole Robinson

    How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

    I am going to proceed and create curiosity triggers by observing the children in my care, developing new explorations and encouraging documentation in journals.

  36. Charlene Durrant

    Curiosity not only benefits the children but also the educators. A child may become interested in something that you know noting about which makes you curious enough to find out more information to share with the child.

  37. Nikki Meyer

    The outdoor environment is so full of potential for exploration with natural materials, that lend themselves to curiosity and wonderment. I will encourage programs to bring natural elements into their outdoor play spaces and take children into natural areas for exploration, over being happy to settle for commercialized outdoor play spaces and materials.

  38. Nikki Littlechild

    wonder and curiosity stood out to me, along with inviting. If we allow room for inviting experiences that incorporate curiosity and wonder children will most often jump in and play! Listening to children’s conversations and noting their interests during play will give us some great ideas for what to bring in to extend their learning.

  39. Nicole Morrell

    I think the words stand to highlight the importance of nurturing curiosity in children through the many different ways that we engage them. Without curious children we lose their sense of wonder and their desire to play and explore.

  40. Svetlana Babikova

    Early childhood educator’s support children’s curiosity beacause curiosity promote children’s learning and development. To support curiosity I would check the enviroment and find something intresting that children might like to explore. Also, I would ask open-ended questions, use new vocabulary, theory. As well, I will add loose parts materials, natural materials and mark making materials to the outdoor play. In addition, I will document all process, take photos and videos, share it with children and their families and reflect on learning (what can I change, what else can I do to support learning and curiosity?)

  41. Nadira Ramnauth

    Looking at the pictures, it shows how children are curious to learn and explore all the different things they see in the outdoor environment. They like to investigate and experiment how things work around the environment. I will continue to expand the children’s curiosity by providing them with materials and props.

  42. Jaclyn Geiger

    Engaging an early learners curiosity is key to learning as it is self motivating and brings out intrinsic inquiry. Bringing out loose parts, providing outdoor environments that are safe to explore and asking engaging questions keeps this inquiry growing. This also opens the door for each learner for where their understanding is so each can find success! Curiosity is key.

  43. Amanda N

    Adding more materials that can trigger children’s curiosity, and observe and listen carefully to what children want to say.

  44. Ai Paul

    I need to slow down to observe and listen intentionally to my children, while engaging and dwelling into the activity with them. Record the thoughts and questions and discuss with co-teachers would be very important for us to decide which direction of learning we would like to take as a whole group.

  45. Carrie Maclellan 

    I think we could create curiosity triggers by observing the children’s current interest and natural occurrences such as spring growth.

  46. Hilary Geddes

    I believe it is so important to listen and understand what it is the children are curious about so thta we can enrich their learning with topics of interest.

  47. Mizuho Kashiwagi

    I would like to have same level of curiosity in my mind like the children do! There are so many things that IDON’T know yet, and finding out new discovery with the children is a pure joy to me.

  48. Prabhulata Immaraju

    We realize that each child has the potential of being curious about anything that draws their attention and their questions enable them to make sense of their world. As educators we need to support their curiosity so there is a mutual joy of learning, theorizing and figuring out more.

  49. Carli Olson

    Adding more evidence of interests from the children, thoroughly listening to their discussions and building off of them!

  50. Andrea Preissl

    We encourage curiosity because being curious pushes us to learn more. When we help children be more curious about things we are helping them to be interested in learning and furthering their development.

  51. Trina Kelly

    Identify why early learning teachers concentrate on supporting and developing outdoor environments that trigger children’s curiosity in your program. How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?

    We support the children in outdoor play, by allowing them to observe their surroundings and elements. Once they’re curious about their surroundings, then we acknowledge and try our best to encourage them to start exploring the play area.

  52. Laura Mcintosh

    I will have more intention with what I do outdoors with children and ask more questions to them but at the same time letting them to lead the cycle of curiosity.

  53. Janice Duncan

    Educators supporting a child’s sense of curiosity- Curiosity is what propels children to want to explore and learn more about the world, as early learning teachers we create time, space and materials and our participation to spark the children’s curiosity.

    Creating curiosity triggers- Visiting a green space within walking distance that has new life- taking pictures of that space- returning to that space at different times of the year, encouraging the children to talk about the space by describing what they notice, taking pictures and comparing. Making a book about that space.
    Adding new materials to the outdoor space- Create new spaces such as using a curtain or a sheer sheet for draping.
    Building on the children’s interests to create extensions on their play
    Inviting parents to bring in materials from home
    Engaging in meaningful conversations with children, finding out what they think, asking for their theories
    It is spring! time for larvae kits! take time, look closely, ask questions, encourage questioning and theorizing, talk it out, draw it out and document.

  54. Kathryn Armstrong

    We support outdoor environments that support a child’s curiosity in order to encourage them to engage with the environment. In our case we also support these types of environments because to energizes us as educators. Creating curiosity triggers to support children’s exploration by introducing more loose parts that are not necessarily expected. Engaging with the unexpected would trigger children’s curiosity and desire to explore using the newly introduced items. Also will be supporting curiosity and exploration by taking the time to ask questions and giving the children the time they need to look for and find answers.

  55. Heather Howard

    Understanding the importance of outdoor play and the benefits to child development and how it is related to academic skill is why educators continue to support and encourage children’s curiosity. We can commit to and continue to develop outdoor environments that can facilitate that curiousity and wonderment in the children we care for.

  56. Alphonsine Hategekimana

    I think we should help kids in the journey of learning by participe in their play. We will support them, by asking questions, observe what their exploring and be a good listerner. It will help them to open their mind, be more curious of what their exploring, be engage in their game and be confidence.

  57. Kamaldeep Sidhu

    I feel that we need to encourage children’s curiosity because they learn so much by asking questions and I will support their curiosity to put out loose parts materials to promote their investigate and discovery.

  58. Patricia Lynch-Staunton

    How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?
    I will be intentional in what I provide for the children by firstly observing and listening to what they are saying and doing to see what interests are perculating up. Then, providing materials and provocations in areas that lend themselves to the interest to spark curiosity. The provocations will be designed with potential exploratory questions in mind. Perhaps funnels, buckets and tubes if the children are wondering about melting ice. The underlying questions are about melting, dripping,flowing, force. I will participate to support exploration and discovery by asking questions, offering ideas to think about other ideas. Drawing, writing, sculpting, dancing, photos, recordings are forms of documentaion that can be used to re-visit the exploration and to prompt new thoughts and questions. Reflection with co-educators and the children can lead to new curiosity, provocations and ideas.

  59. Deborah Fehr

    How might you proceed to create curiosity triggers in your environment to support children’s exploration?
    I am feeling the call to create “curiosity centres” throughout the play ground. Choosing between two and four new items of potential curiosity in various places around the yard, designed to create curiosity and intrigue. For example in one area, there may be a basket of shells not far from sand or mud. In another, a water pump in a water table. In another, dishes and mud and pots and sticks and bowls. And in another, dirt and seeds and digging utensils.
    From these various provocations, educators would observe and record and then extend dependent on the interest shown by the children. Once an interest wains, I would replace it with a new provocation. These would change throughout the playground and be intentionally designed for experimentation and curiosity.

  60. Joanne Falk

    It is so important for teachers to encourage children’s curiosity. Children will ask questions and teachers can ask the children open-ended questions to further their curiosity, I will proceed to encourage curiosity by giving them engaging materials, and continue to observe their conversations so that I can build on their curiosity

  61. Alison Rinas

    Children through multimodule learning and meaning making of their world. In allowing children opportunities to explore in the outdoors they use all their senses and body movements to learn fully what they are exploring. It’s the best way to trigger this curiosity and stengthen children’s development.

  62. Randi Robertson

    it is important to encourage children’s curiosity because they learn so much from them asking questions and the teacher asking open ended questions as well, makes for a good conversation for the kids.

  63. Susanne Saunders

    I feel that curiosity play is so important for children. Having different open-ended materials to promote and trigger the interest of the children is so important.

  64. Taylor Aichelberger

    Early learning teachers concentrate on supporting and developing outdoor environments that trigger children’s curiosity because we understand the importance of curiosity for play, and the importance of play for learning and development. I will proceed to create curiosity triggers in my environment and future environments to support children’s explorations by providing engaging materials, intentional provocations, asking thoughtful questions, being curious alongside the learners and modelling curiosity, and engaging in conversations with learners where I do not answer all of their questions directly, but instead encourage them to investigate, discover, share and reflect.

  65. Laurie Millions

    I will continue to support children’s curiosity in outdoor play spaces as I see the value and learning that happens.
    I will continue to bring and put items in our outdoor spaces for the children to explore.

  66. Kim Hoey

    We support children’s curiosity because it triggers so many development processes in children. And they are outside playing which is where learning is best done. I will move forward with curiosity triggers for the children I am with daily by placing things like pipes, tubing, pine cones, rocks, shells, sticks. I know that these are things that they are curious about now. And continuing to observe and listened the children to build on their curiosities.

  67. Jessica Popp

    Why early childhood educators support a child’s sense of curiosity? Because we recognize the value of the child’s learning process, seeing the potential.
    I will strive to create curiosity triggers by encouraging others in reflecting on their own processes ensuring they are allowing they also see the learning potential. Additionally it would be valuable to understand curiosity and strategies that can enhance the opportunities for each child.