Playing indoor bowling the other day led to Sweet Pea asking why balls roll but not stuffed fish. It’s not usual for Sweet Pea to ask a question and stick around for the answer, so we got into investigation mode. Is this how you react when questions are asked?
First, I asked his opinion – why do you think stuffed fish don’t roll. I received a whole lot of answers, but they were pretty far out there. I mean, ‘fish have gills so they can’t roll’ kind of answers.
Then I asked his opinion as to why balls do roll. I got some pretty funny answers, like they are soft (the one in his hand was, so maybe that’s why he said this) to which I countered, ‘are all balls soft?’ This led to finding all the balls in and outside of the house and checking for softness. You get the picture…I kept asking questions about his answers.
Finally, I asked if we should try rolling each of the balls we found and the fish we found (we found 3). Before we did I checked one more time if he thought fish still didn’t roll. Know what? He was right. They don’t!
I think he was excited about his little ‘experiment’ because that’s how he described this activity to his brother, as an experiment!
When your child comes to you with a question, no matter how silly or small, how do you react?