Children and babies are the most fearless explorers I know. Their curiosity knows no bounds, and they will use every one of their senses to examine an object or experience that is new to them. They are constantly learning about and engaging with the people in their lives and the world around them. I love watching their explorations unfold; observing their dedication to the task in hand and their delight at their new-found discoveries.
To us adults it might look like play when we see a baby sucking two wooden blocks, bashing them together, then dropping one and bashing the remaining one against a pom pom. But she is working hard. She is putting all her effort and concentration into exploring the material world she lives in. The relative nature of different materials; how and why they feel different, make different noises, taste different. Active play and learning at its best.
Then there are the times when you really don’t want them to be exploring; especially once they are mobile and able to wriggle off on their own. The enticing looking bowl of cat biscuits on the floor….the interesting looking picture on a (not quite high enough) shelf…the question of what a whole pot of yoghurt might look like on the floor if it was dropped from a high chair….
I was packing our things up recently for a trip to the park, and had just put the bag down on the floor whilst I went in to the kitchen to fetch a bottle of water to take with us. I came back to find our little girl had silently moved from her spot on the carpet, where she had been happily playing with pieces of a puzzle, to the much more intriguing looking big bag of goodies.
This was a hastily caught photograph of my little explorer. It seemed the perfect choice for this week’s photo challenge. Solemnly surveying the scene before getting stuck in to the serious business of carefully exploring and unpacking the bag, which had been equally carefully packed by mummy just minutes earlier.