Resources to Promote Curiosity in Young Children

Open to: Pre-K teachers.

Opportunity at a Glance: In celebration of the “Week of the Young Child,” teachers can actively support curiosity as children explore their environment (e.g., digging in the dirt to find worms, pouring water into containers of varying shapes and sizes) by engaging in inquiry-based learning, and the discoveries of their students.

Take action: Some resources include the following articles:

and book titles:

  • Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert;
  • The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown;
  • Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move, by JoAnn Early Macken;
  • Seed to Plant, by Kristin Baird Rattini;
  • A Green Kid’s Guide to Composting, by Richard Lay.


For more information: If you would like to share anecdotes, photos, or work samples of your students engaging in an activity that embraces the theme of curiosity, email Please ensure that you have a signed DOE media consent form on file for all children that appear in photos you submit.