A desire to explore a range of topics, eagerly engage in activities, think and play creatively, and learn independently.

  • Show an interest in learning. Learning begins with curiosity as children show an interest in learning and talking about a range of topics, ideas, and tasks (i.e., ask questions and seek new information).

  • Show self-confidence in approaching new challenges. Children are open to learning more things when they have confidence in their abilities and are empowered to take on new challenges and experiences while developing new skills.

  • Think and play imaginatively. Children learn through play. Their imagination paves the way for flexible thinking as they think beyond their immediate reality while playing alone or with others (e.g., fly like a butterfly).

  • Think creatively and symbolically. Problem solving requires creative thinking and can also require the use of symbols to represent things beyond the here and now. Children learn these skills as they explore divergent uses of an object (e.g., use a table as a “tent”) and use one thing to represent another in play (e.g., line up chairs to be a “bus”).

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